After a 45% return rate (scored as “excellent” for a week-long survey), we’ve tallied the first three questions at the bottom of this post. Check out the raw numbers! We’re a diverse crowd!!!!
There were a fantastic number of comments and suggestions, ranging from “We’re not coming to an inside service until a vaccine is available” all the way to “Let’s come back and follow all the distancing rules.” Also, as far as worshiping outdoors while the weather allows it, about half of your responses favored that option along with continuing our Zoom broadcasts. And then there were the many GREAT ideas that involved creative ways to meet – in small groups, coming together during the week for prayers, music, bible and book studies and a variety of small group social gatherings (bring your own food, chairs and masks, etc.! Sounds fun, if logistics can work).
Here’s the thing. While many enjoy having a chance to worship online during the pandemic, some changes will have to be made to our Zoom worship, as many of your suggestions pointed out (like the audio level can be problematic for some). But examining our pattern on Sunday mornings involves a more complex discernment process before moving ahead. After the Session receives and organizes the comments and has a chance to follow up on a few of them, they will report the full results and start drafting recommendations and making decisions about our future worshipping life at FPC. The next Session meeting happens the 3rd Tuesday of August, 8/18/2020. Expect to hear great things following that!
Thanks for ALL the feedback. We couldn’t do this without your support, patience and prayers. We all can’t wait to continue the “Returning to Worship” discussion VERY VERY soon!
The Church Office and Program Staff
1. How is the online church worship experience working for you so far?
40% A. Great – keep it the way it is.
40% B. Mostly working well, but could be improved with the following minor changes: (Responses will be in the comments section once they are summarized).
5% C. The online approach needs major revisions before I will be satisfied with it, such as: (Responses will be in the comments section once they are summarized).
12% D. The online format worked well for me initially, but not anymore. The church should find a way for us to meet in person safely.
3% E. The online format never worked well for me. I need to worship in person.
2. Session has committed to continue providing an online worship option every Sunday to those who prefer it. We are also considering ways to safely resume in-person worship later this summer, in consultation with the Presbytery and subject to state and local health requirements, for those who would prefer that approach. Which of the following approaches would you favor?
44% A. Keep services entirely online indefinitely.
29% B. Offer outdoor services for the next few months while the weather is favorable and then reassess our options.
18% C. Offer a mix of outdoor and indoor services.
9% D. Return to regular indoor worship services.
3. How likely are you to attend an outdoor worship service in person in August? Is the online church worship experience working for you so far?