Reopening FAQs

    December 03, 2021 | News | COVID-19 Response | Reopening | Worship by First Church
    Click here for the December 5 order of worship, to follow along in church or at home.


    What is the mask policy? ---updated 9/10

    Public Health Madison and Dane County has issued a mask mandate for all indoor gatherings. We will follow this guidance and require masks for everyone age 2 and up, while in the church.

    How often are the Church's Covid-19 policies reviewed?
    Our Covid-19 Task Force meets every two weeks to discuss and update the church's safety guidance and requirements, as we continue to navigate this pandemic. This dedicated group of volunteers has been monitoring public health and advising us as a church since March of 2020, and we are grateful for their efforts.

    What is First Church's stance on Covid-19 Vaccines?
    Many of our health experts, clergy, and volunteer leaders collaborated to write this Statement on Vaccination.

    Will there be paper bulletins, and can we use the hymnals and Bibles in the pews? ---updated 6/23

    No, we will not be printing paper bulletins, due to environmental concerns. We have a link at the top of this page for you to follow the order of service online. We will have words on screen whenever the congregation is participating in worship, as well as lyrics to all the hymns and music ministry pieces.

    What about Children’s and Youth Sunday School and adult education? --- updated 9/1

    Children's and Youth Sunday School are meeting each Sunday. Sharing Our Journeys will meet at 11 on the second floor of the church, as well as over Zoom. Sharing Our Journeys classes resume September 12. Emergent Theology is meeting over Zoom.

    How will communion work? ---updated 6/4

    The ushers will have pre-packaged communion kits in baskets to hand guests as they enter the Sanctuary. Ushers will wear gloves, and guests will leave cup waste in pews, to be cleaned later.

    For those attending worship from home, we will continue with gathering bread and juice in your home and joining virtually.

    When will the (non-live) virtual worship video be posted for people who attend from their homes? ---updated 7/14

    They will be posted on our YouTube page, our website, and on Facebook. The only change with Facebook is that it will not post as a live premiere. 

    If you have been attending worship from your home, we are striving to provide connection and spiritual nourishment, via our live streams and video worship. We share your disappointment that there have been a few technical glitches during the live stream videos. When technology is not working properly, our process is this - we will post a notice on Facebook and our website to let you know that there was an interruption in the live feed. In this case, we will use the recorded footage of the worship service to create a full length worship video. This video will be posted on our YouTube page, our website, and Facebook as soon as it is finished, which is usually Sunday afternoon.
    Our staff is working diligently towards upgrading the internet connection at the church. Our goal is to have a more robust internet connection, which will enable us to consistently offer you a spiritual connection on Sunday mornings. Thank you for attending from home, and for being on this journey with us.


    What time should I arrive for Sunday in person worship? ---updated 6/4

    The worship service begins at 9:30, and we will be opening the church at 9:00. We are no longer requiring formal check-in or assigned seating. Please arrive a bit early, and you can find your own seat with comfortable distance from other people.