After months of socially distancing, worshiping online, gathering outside in small groups with masks, and as these vaccines are starting to get out to the people, the Session of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church has voted to slowly and safely start resuming in-person gatherings as of June 2021.
- Limited re-opening of the building began in June. Small groups of 15 or less can meet inside the building with masks and distancing recommended. Virtual options are still available to groups who would prefer to meet online.
- We will resume indoor in-person worship in July. Knowing that not everyone has access to the vaccine (including young children) and that our community vaccination rate is still low, we will ask all in-person worship participants to wear masks. The Worship and Christian Ed Committee will work out details and logistics to ensure we have space for social distancing, safety for liturgists and worship leaders, and whatever is necessary to continue offering an online option for those who will choose to continue worshiping online. We will not have congregational singing inside the building at this time, but Pastor Erin and Music Minister Susan will continue to research this issue. We will not have a time of fellowship after worship inside the building, but will encourage the congregation to visit and chat outside after worship. Our first worship service back inside the sanctuary will be on Sunday, July 4, and it will include communion and quite a lot of joy.
WE WILL CONTINUE OFFERING ZOOM WORSHIP for all who would like to participate in worship remotely. You can find the information on how to join us here.
If you have questions or suggestions about our return to in-person worship, please reach out to one of the members of Session or Pastor Erin.
August 2021 Update
We are paying close attention to the data following the uptick in cases in Missouri over the summer. For now, we are continuing to meet in-person with masks and distancing in the sanctuary. We have not returned to fellowship inside the building. The Session will continue to monitor the situation and will make changes if and when necessary.