We are worshiping in-person and online!
- On September 12th, two services of worship will return at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Only the 9:15 a.m. will be livestreamed. However, that service will be available on the website shortly after the service concludes. Therefore, a recorded livestream option is available at 11:00 a.m.
- Church School and Adult Education also return on September 12th. All other programs are returning in the days after. Details are available in Nassau Generations.
- All indoor activities at 61 Nassau Street require masking and distancing and will not include meals or refreshments.
- The large tent used for Chancel drama will return to the parking lot with other tents put up around the building as possible to maximize outdoor activities: refreshments, meals, fellowship after worship, some church school classes and choral rehearsals, and staff meetings as weather permits.
In-Person Worship Covenant
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” Luke 10:27
“The people of Nassau Presbyterian Church celebrate and demonstrate God’s love through worship and service in Princeton and through our lives and work in the world” Nassau Church Mission Statement
Central to our yearning to demonstrate God’s love and to love our neighbors is a concern for one another’s health and the commitment to keep one another safe. As we move forward in faith together and begin returning to the sanctuary for worship, we shall by God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, covenant with one another when we gather.
We will honor our collective goal glorifying Jesus Christ, loving each other and taking all steps we can to keep each other safe. To do that, we will
- Refrain from attending worship in person if experiencing a cough, fever, or other COVID symptoms, or if we have had contact with a person with a COVID diagnosis or COVID symptoms
- Listen to each member’s concerns and needs for safety and health and work for the full inclusion of all attending.
- When we gather for worship in person, we will:
- Wear masks and maintain physical distancing
- Refrain from any physical contact, support those who request further distance, and help remind those who struggle to keep distance
- Enjoy conversation and fellowship outside rather than linger in the sanctuary
With our participation in worship in person, we will support the theological conviction that our worship life represents the breadth of our faith community. To do that, we will
- Welcome families with children who are not able to get a vaccine
- Welcome others yet unvaccinated
- Honor our community commitment to protocols in a way that allows ushers and staff to offer hospitality and direction rather than serve as rule or vaccination enforcers.
As we worship together in person we shall seek to be creative and safe regarding all liturgical elements of worship. To do that, we will
- Allow family groups to be closer than physically distant
- Limit all communal singing (for now)
- Resist the urge to pass the peace or greet one another even with a fist or elbow bump
- Continue to have some elements of worship pre-recorded to allow broad participation of leadership
- Commit to all in-person worship leaders, including musicians, being vaccinated and be covid tested before worship.
- Understand and support adaptations to liturgical practice that best enable our hybrid worship of in-person and livestream.
As in all aspects of our life together, we seek to glorify God and honor Jesus Christ in all that we do. Thanks be to God.