Frequently asked Questions

Next Steps in Re-Gathering

What is Calvary doing for worship services as of July 19th?   

1. Recorded Service at Home: We will continue to provide recorded services to be posted online on Sunday mornings. Thus, those who are unable or uncomfortable with gathering in this season will still be able to participate in the worship service at home.

2. Live Service Sunday Evening: This service will take place at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary, and will be a different service altogether from the recorded service. It will have hymns, prayer, sermon, and Communion. This service will be posted in full on our YouTube Channel each week for those that are unable to attend.  As of July 19, in response to Governor Wolf's increased restrictions on public gatherings, we will limit the evening service to 25 people.  You may CLICK HERE to sign up to attend August 2nd.  CLICK HERE to sign up to attend August 9th.  

Why are we not gathering in person on Sunday mornings?

Our reasoning for continuing the recorded online service on Sunday morning is three-fold. First, there are limitations to our ability to live stream the service on Sunday Mornings. The potential of there being interruptions in the streaming video are too high at this point. Second, even if we were able to live stream, the recorded version of the service is more conducive to participatory worship as we provide the words necessary to follow along with the Call to Worship, Lyrics to Songs, and the Confessions of Sin and Faith. Thirdly, without live streaming, continuing with the pre-recorded services enables both those staying home and those gathering at Calvary the opportunity to continue to participate in the same service of worship.

Who might continue watching the recorded service from home?

First and foremost-- Please stay home if you are particularly at risk, or if you are showing any signs of sickness whatsoever. We understand that some people may be hesitant to attend a live service but at the same time long to be together. Be assured this is not a sign of spiritual weakness. During this unique time we recognize that re-gathering for worship, though our ultimate desire, will be a gradual process.

Do I need a mask?

Your elders believe that wearing face coverings is a good way for us to love one another and our community in this time. Therefore, we request everyone age 3 and older to wear a face covering while inside the church buildings. Please come with your own if you have one. We will also have masks available for those who need them. If this presents a problem for you, we ask you to continue to worship at home with the services offered online.

Will social distancing be in effect?

Thankfully, the occupancy limit in the sanctuary is conducive to opening up for a service without limiting the amount of people attending and still enabling ample room for the CDC’s and Pensylvannia’s recommended social distancing guidelines. However, we will still need to spread out as much as possible.

Will I be able to fellowship with others following the service?

We encourage you to fellowship with one another, however, in order to limit the amount of time spent in the building we ask you to use the outside property for times of fellowship before and/or after each service.

Is childcare provided?

There will be no child care or children’s worship offered at this time. Parents coming with young children are asked to make every effort to keep their children with them at all times.

What precautions is Calvary taking?

Calvary is incorporating various CDC guidelines for each stage of reopening, some specifics are as follows:

  • The building will be cleaned and disinfected prior to each service.
  • We ask everyone to review and abide by the CDC guidelines for personal hygiene.
  • Nothing will be handed out before or during the service.
  • Bulletins will either be spread out on a table in the Narthex to be picked up or placed in pre-assigned pews.
  • Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from the Pews. (If you do not own a Bible to bring we will give you one to take home with you at no cost.)
  • Elements for Communion will be pre-packaged.
  • Bathrooms will be available, but we ask that they ONLY be used for “emergency” situations.

What about small group gatherings?

Some groups have already begun to gather either outside by the picnic tables (preferred) or inside the Fellowship Hall where a social distanced table and chair set up has been created . If you would like to join or rejoin any of these groups please contact the group leader or feel free to call the church office for information about the different groups that are gathering.

Is the Calvary Youth Group resuming their in-person gatherings?

Sunday, June 28th is the first scheduled youth meeting from 4pm until 5:15pm. As state-wide camps and youth sporting activities now resume with social distancing measures, Darren Bacon and our youth ministry team will soon begin to conduct outdoor, in-person gatherings and activities.Below are a series of guidelines which are in line with both the CDC’s and Pennylvannia’s guideline for outdoor youth activities.

  • Please stay home if you are particularly at risk, or if you are showing any signs of sickness whatsoever.
  • Since these are going to be outdoor activities which may involve some jumping and running we will not be asking that all the participants wear their masks during the activities.
  • Bathrooms will be available, but we ask that they ONLY be used for “emergency” situations.
  • We ask that each student bring their own water. Water fountains will be off limits.
  • If there are any questions you may have that are not listed above or if you should have any concerns about the reopening guidelines please contact your assigned Elder or contact us at the church office.