Hello, I am Jerry Rairdon, one of the pastors at Noblesville First and I want to share with you some of the details you will need to know about coming back to live worship which will begin on June 21. In case you have never been to Teter the address is 10980 221st Street, Noblesville, just north and east of downtown Noblesville approximately five miles. You will enter this long drive to the worship area which is located at the back of the property. Please drive carefully because it does have a few dips along the way.
We will have parking attendants with color coded signs to help direct you to the parking that fits your needs. Green will be for general parking and it will be located on the lawn to the left of the road between the shelter and the drive. Look for the green signs to find the person who will direct you to this parking area.
We will use the parking closest to the worship area for persons with limited mobility. Look for a person with a blue coded sign to be directed to these parking spots. Remember this is a gravel lot so please watch your step. If you would like to stay in your car during the service and listen to the FM Broadcast on your car radio, look for the attendant holding a pink colored sign and you will be parked in a semi-circle across from the worship area with a view of the worship platform. The FM frequency will be displayed on the signs.
As you can see we have placed the benches six feet apart in every direction. They have been power washed but people who have worshipped out at Teter in the summer for years have learned smart people bring a towel or blanketto keep your clothes dry and clean from any weather the benches have endured from the previous week. Many people love to bring their own lawn chairs and set them up in the grassy area between the trees. We will have ushers here to help you find a safe socially distanced space of your own both inside the fence and just outside the fence in the shade of the trees.
Please put your masks on when you exit your car and keep them on as you and others enter the worship space before the worship time starts. If you forgot your mask, we will have plenty of masks made by our wonderful Noblesville First Acts of Kindness Team. You are welcome to take them home. We encourage you to leave your mask on throughout service for the safety of others but if you must remove the mask, please wait until everyone in the congregation is safely in place before you do. As you enter and exit the worship area, please remember to keep a safe social distance from others. We’re accustomed to greeting each other with handshakes, hugs, and conversation, but for now please wave and greet each other from a distance.
We have tried to provide as many options as possible so you can choose the safest way for you or your family to worship. So if you want to worship from the safety of your car, park in the FM Broadcast area and tune your car radio to the FM frequency we will was share on Sunday morning. Remember this is a limited FM signal and will only work if you are physically located out here at Teter.
You will notice we have an 18 foot preacher and singer splash zone from the edge of the worship platform because scientific studies have shown Covid infected aerosol can travel 16 feet when we sing. Especially, if you sing with your diaphragm as you were taught in music class. Therefore, we are asking you to not sing during the congregational songs. Hum, clap or raise your hands in praise while our music leaders lift our spirits in song. But please don’t sing!
We will be holding two worship experiences. The 8:15 service will resemble the traditional Teter Outdoor Worship typically held from Memorial Day to Labor Day each summer. The 10:00 worship experience will be a blended approach aimed to engage families with children. Expect it to last about 50 minutes. One of our songs will be a Traditional hymn and two of our songs will be led by our 11:00 Praise band. We will have a Children’s message and will experiment with engaging the children through some sign language and actions like they experience at Vacation Bible School. We will have a take home activity bag for each of the children.
We have also decided to stick with our multigenerational approach to the message time and will continue on most Sundays to have two of our three pastors share an 8-10 minute message sharing their particular take on the scripture passage or theme for the day. This Sunday Pastor Matt and I will start the series on God Is Still Speaking: The Ten Commandments for Today.
We hope you will come with realistic expectations of what live worship will be like. It will not feel or look like the worship we experienced together before our coronavirus quarantine. We will not be distributing bulletins or hymnals. Offering boxes will be placed for you to drop your offering on the way out in two locations, one accessible to drivers and another near the exit of the worship space. And we have a staff member who will be sanitizing the restrooms after every use.
We pray you will understand the value of wearing masks because they are proven to slow the transmission of that aerosol. They do not protect us 100% and we know they are more for the protection of others just in case we might be carrying the virus when we are pre-symptomatic. That is why we encourage you to wear them throughout worship but are requiring them when you enter and exit worship. If nothing else, they serve as a reminder to be careful to keep our social distancing.
We want you to keep our congregation and worship guests safe so if you think you might be ill, have a fever or if your immune system might be compromised in any way due to age or underlying health conditions, we encourage you to stay home and enjoy the online worship which will continue to be made available at 9:30 each Sunday. CLICK HERE for details on connecting to that service.
Please remember all of this is dependent on the weather. If weather is threatening, we will cancel the outdoor worship and rely on the 9:30 online worship. In case of cancellation we will communicate via Push Notifications, Facebook, Twitter, our Website and our email list by 7am!
We are looking forward to being together again, and hope these precautions will keep everyone safe and can live out the words of Jesus shared with the woman by the well, “the time is coming--- and is here! -- when true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth.