We are excited to announce that we are planning to reopen in the near future with, not one, not two, but three service options!
Re-Opening Hillside in a Corona World, 2020
Stage 1 - effective Tuesday, May 26th (Groups of 10 or less)
Open our church to groups of 10 or less using safety guidelines and social distancing. Worship Team, Committees and small groups who want to start meeting should be allowed if they are cleared on the church calendar (email Janell: firstname.lastname@example.org and no other group is already in the building. Online options (Facebook Messenger Video, Zoom, Skype, Duo, etc) could also be offered for those who want to participate at home. Groups must stay in their designated meeting area and clean/wipe down surfaces before they leave.
We begin cleaning the church and ask cleaning teams to restart their Saturday cleaning with focus on high traffic surface areas.
Stage 2 - hopefully effective in June (Groups of 50 or less)
We will have two services: a 9:30a (masked for the whole service) and a 11:00a (masks optional once seated). We will be marking off pews to promote social distancing and possibly rotating which pews are used during the different services. There will be no bulletins or passing offertory plates, no coffee bar or kids time.
We will have prayer request slips of paper by our offertory box. People can place their requests in the box with their offering, preferably at the beginning of service. Communal pens will be available and hand sanitizer at this station.
Families are welcome to these services, but there will be no childcare or children’s church at this time. Children must stay with their parents at all times. If a family uses the nursery or a play area, they are responsible for wiping down any surfaces with disinfectant.
If you are feeling ill or think you have been exposed to someone with COVID, please stay home to protect others in the congregation.
We require you to bring and wear masks within the church and to practice safe social distancing (6 ft). If you do not have a mask, we will have disposable masks at the door. The 11:00a service will have the option of removing your mask while in your pew/seat.
Please wash your hands and use hand sanitizer as needed.
Please wipe down the door and toilet handles and faucets with a clorox wipe or spray (depending on what we can find) after using the restroom.
During this season, we discourage touching, but if you must, please shake hands or hug only with those who desire to do so. Remember that some people are teddy bears and others are porcupines when it comes to touching at this time.
The offering box will be in the back of the sanctuary for tithes and offering as well as prayer requests.
Families are welcome, but there will be no nursery, child care or children’s church. Children must stay with their parents or guardians. As we extend our welcome to families, we must be mindful that our services might have a few extra joyful (and sometimes not so joyful) noises.
Do not be ashamed to stay home if you do not yet feel comfortable physically attending church, we want you to feel safe at Hillside. We will still be having church online with a more interactive approach coming soon. We look forward to the day when we can all be together.
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We are a body of people who believes that Jesus is real. He truly lived, died, and rose again as the Bible tells us. We are a group of people who realize that Jesus loves them for who they are, not what they do. We embrace our strengths and weaknesses that God's strength is revealed. We strive to be authentic in everything we do, knowing we are a work in progress. God's grace continues to grow and shape us. Our journey is shaped by our desire to love God and love others. We don't have it all figured out, but we press onward in our goal to become more like Christ. We grow through personal disciplines like prayer, Bible reading and sharing the Good News with others. We grow through community life, such as small groups, worship and serving together. We are here to both encourage and spur one another onward, while still allowing people the room to work out their walk with God at the pace He grows them. If you are looking for a community like this, we would love to welcome you into our family. Know that Jesus loves you and so do we.
Hillside Wesleyan Church 753 Prospect Avenue Olean, NY 14760 Office: (716)372-5677 Cell phone, call or text: (716)790-2141 Or on Facebook