St. Peter's Hybrid Worship Transition Plan



Several teams, Governance Council, and many volunteers have been working diligently to create and implement the St. Peter’s Hybrid Worship Transition Plan. For the past 15 months, we have been pivoting, adjusting, and changing. And now we face the next set of changes as we transition from online worship (only available via YouTube) to hybrid worship (experiencing the same service either in-person from the Sanctuary, livestreamed via YouTube, watching later on YouTube). While safety and technology and worship design have been the areas of focus, all efforts are focused on creating an authentic and engaging worship experience that fulfills our Covenant of Welcome and is consistent with our Mission Statement.


Starting June 27, there will be opportunity every Sunday to worship in the Sanctuary or online. Worship will continue to be a single service at 10:00 a.m. EST each week. A recording of the service will be posted to our YouTube channel for later viewing.


For more information please contact office@stpeterscarmel.org


 

Ways to Worship

Hybrid Worship – Pastor Lori will lead worship from the sanctuary with a livestream to St. Peter’s YouTube channel. You are welcome to attend in-person in the sanctuary, to gather together elsewhere or just be anywhere and watch on YouTube – either for the livestream at 10 am on Sundays or anytime after that for the recorded service.

Worship Watch – A pre-recorded worship service will be available starting at 10 am on Sunday on St. Peter’s YouTube channel. You are welcome to gather in the sanctuary with others to watch, or just be anywhere and experience the service on YouTube.

Back to Basics” Hybrid Worship– this is the same as Hybrid Worship except it will be a shorter service with three pieces of music, scripture, sermon, and prayer. This service will last about 30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Calendar

 

June 27 – Hybrid Worship

July 4, 11, 18 –Worship Watch

July 7 – Hybrid Music Event. Attend in person or watch via YouTube.

July 25 – Hybrid Worship.

August 1, 8, 15, 22 – “Back to Basics” Hybrid Worship.

August 29 – Hybrid Worship.

 

We are hopeful to run weekly Hybrid Worship services starting this fall. Stay tuned for updates!

Safety Protocols

Our COVID Safety Team determined the following general guideline: We will follow a “2 out of 3” standard for risk mitigation. This means any gathering must follow 2 out of these 3 safety measures: gathering outdoors, maintaining social distance, wearing a mask. We will honor and respect that we may not know the vaccination status, or other health status of people who attend our in-person worship or any other gathering and how being together with others may impact their health. For indoor worship, we will maintain social distancing and wear masks.

Good hygiene and cleaning measures are also part of the safety plan. Bathrooms will be cleaned additional times prior to and after worship. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the indoor space.

Please choose to attend online worship if you have recently tested positive for COVID , are waiting for COVID test results, have any COVID or other flu/cold symptoms (even if you are vaccinated), or have had close contact with someone who is positive or having symptoms.

Any time the indoor space of St. Peter’s is being utilized, maintaining distance and wearing masks will be priority. Distancing will be our greatest challenge and require the most cooperation to achieve. Please do not gather for conversation anywhere in the building including in the Sanctuary, Front Entryway, Fellowship Hall, or Bathrooms. We encourage connection to happen outdoors. Please refrain from handshakes, hugs, and close conversation. We encourage waves, air hugs, and connecting outdoors. Distancing can also be easier to maintain if you think about any area outside of the Sanctuary is for moving through and the area inside the Sanctuary is for staying in your space.

 

What will Hybrid Worship be like?

This time of transition is focusing on maintaining connection between those who worship online and those who worship from the Sanctuary while maintaining safety measures for those who attend in person.

  •   The worship service will be livestreamed (and recorded) to YouTube.  For our online congregants, they will experience worship as a live event captured by cameras mounted on the back walls of the sanctuary, and with imagery and pre-recorded videos designed to enhance worship. For in-person congregants, they are unlikely to notice the cameras given the positioning, but there may be additional monitors or screens present in the sanctuary to allow pre-recorded videos to be shown.
  •  There are designated pews that will be marked as “off camera.” Please reserve use of these pews for people who have reason or preference to remain off camera. This is similar to the efforts made by St. Peter’s to only share pictures in church communication or online when permission has been given by the people in the photo.
  •  We will be continually exploring ways to creatively connect and care for our online and in person worshippers together.
  •  The worship service will be 1 hour or less.
  •  There will be no indoor singing but there will be music.
  •  We will have times of speaking together.
  • There will be no greeting time of moving around to shake hands or hug.
  • There will be a Digital Greeter in the YouTube live chat during the livestream.
  • Offering will be done with a common collection box or continue to give online.
  • We will encourage people to bring their own communion elements and we will have a few prepackaged elements available. Communion is on the 1st and 5th Sundays of the month.
  • There is no indoor fellowship before or after worship. Any fellowship time will be outside on the church grounds.
  • There is no child care or nursery. Kids are welcome in worship. Distancing guidelines should be followed.
  • There is no face to face greeting at end of service by Pastor Lori, other staff, or congregants.
  • Refrain from handshakes or hugs in the building – and even outdoors, please seek permission to offer touch to other people before reaching out. Many people are simply not ready for this, regardless of their vaccination or health status.

 

We are excited to move into this next phase of how we worship together – both online and in person!

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Hesselink at office@stpeterscarmel.org.