Beginning May 16
9:00 AM Worship in the sanctuary or online
Please note, reservations for May 16 are now closed. You may view our service via our live stream. Reservations for May 23 will open at 10:00 AM Monday.
We are thankful to return to in-person worship in the Sanctuary on May 16. Please note the service time will be 9:00 AM. Online services continue to be offered. We welcome all who worship—whether in-person or online.
The capacity for In-person worship in the Sanctuary is a moving targent based on guidelines from the CDC, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Chester County Health Departments. As of May 7, we are limiting capacity to 127 worshipers.
Our online reservation system shows the layout of the pews in the Church with each seat having a seat number.
To enter the Church, worshipers please use the outside steps from the N. Wayne Ave. parking lot on the west side of the Church and walk past the Memorial Garden, entering the Church through the red doors facing Lancaster Ave. Ushers will greet and guide you to your seats from there.
For those needing accessible access, The Connector entrance is to be used. An usher will greet and guide you through The Connector and out the covered walkway to the red doors on your right.
Please remember that the city has installed a tent in the parking lot, therefore to access the Church parking lot you will need to enter off Station Avenue or Waynewood Avenue.
BEFORE YOU ATTEND
Please read the important information on this page so you are familiar with the procedures that include a registration requirement, risk acknowledgement, and your agreement to wear a mask and observe physical distancing. Our goal is to provide a service that is meaningful to those who worship in-person and online. Please make the choice that is best for you and your household based on health considerations—mental, physical, and spiritual, your tolerance for ongoing risks, and your personal preference. All choices are respected.
Wayne Presbyterian Church has carefully reviewed federal, state, and local health agency guidelines and has put in place preventative measures to help reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus, which causes the illness COVID-19.
Prior to attending a service, determine:
1. Whether you, or anyone in your immediate household who is or is not attending, are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms, such as fever, loss of taste or smell, chest tightness, fatigue, cough, nausea or vomiting, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, etc.
2. Whether you have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
If the answer is yes to either of those questions, please continue to worship with us online.
How to Reserve Seats online
Seating in the Sanctuary will allow for the proper amount of physical distancing. The reservation system automatically allows for distancing around the seat(s) that you select.
If you would like to sit with family or friends, please reserve all seats at the same time. You will receive a confirmation of your reservation by email. Please bring your confirmation (print or digital) with you to the service.
When reserving your seat(s), you will also be asked to read a Risk Acknowledgement form before your seat reservation can be finalized, agreeing that you or anyone in immediate household has no symptoms or illness, that you will wear a mask when at Church and observe physical distancing.
The seat reservation system for the May 16 service will be available starting on May 3. After May 16, the seat reservation system will be available on Monday for the next Sunday. To allow us to properly prepare, the cutoff off to reserve your seat is Noon on Friday
Please print and bring your reservation confirmation to worship.
Reservations for May 16 will open on may 3 and close at noon on may 14.
AT THE CHURCH AND DURING THE SERVICE
Wear a Mask
Masks are required for all persons ages 2 and older while on Wayne Presbyterian Church property—both indoors and outdoors
Use the Main Parking Lot
Please use the main parking lot and follow the signs to enter the Sanctuary. Those needing accessible entry, please use the doors leading to The Connector from the main parking lot. All other attendees, please follow the signs along the west side of the Church, past the Memorial Garden to the Sanctuary doors near Lancaster Avenue.
Ushers will meet you and help guide you to your seats.
Note - With the Radnor Picnic Grove tent located at the North Wayne Ave. entrance to our parking lot, entry to our parking lot is off of Station Road or Waynewood Road.
Maintain Physical Distancing
Physical distancing (maintaining a 6-foot separation from another person not in your immediate household) is required while on Wayne Presbyterian Church property—both indoors and outdoors.
Ushers will help guide you to the entrance, confirm your reservation, and direct you to your seat. Please follow directions provided by the ushers and the posted signage throughout the Church.
Children are Welcome
Worship bags will be provided for our youngest worshippers. They will be available at the back of the Sanctuary. All the materials in the bag are to be taken home after worship.
There will be no children's program or nursery care provided at this time. We welcome your children to worship with you. Please remember to add your children to your seat reservation.
Printed bulletins will be available on site. In addition, we will continue to publish the weekly bulletin on our website. You may find the bulletin on our homepage, on the Watch Live page and in the Resource section of our website.
Hymnals and Bibles
Hymnals and Bibles have been removed from the pews.
Offerings will not be collected during the service. Please give online or drop your offering in the designated offering box located near the Usher table at the rear of the Sanctuary.
Feel free to quietly recite the response to the scripture reading, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, while keeping your mask on. Please do not engage in singing.
The in-person service is both livestreamed and recorded, and the congregation may be visible. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lou Kendus, at .
AFTER THE SERVICE
Exit the Building
Following the postlude, the minister will signal that you may leave down the window-side aisles and move outside via the red doors on the Lancaster Avenue-end of the Sanctuary. Follow the posted exit signage directions for your pew. As you exit, please save any conversation or greeting of your fellow congregants for outside.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Church policy on vaccinations?
- The Church encourages those attending in-person worship services to be vaccinated, but it is not mandatory.
What measures are being used by the Church staff to assess the public health environment?
- We are tracking data and guidelines from the CDC and the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Chester County Health Departments. The focus is on the 19087 zip code.
- The current phase of Wayne's Reopening capacity is calculated using the available guidance from the CDC and the Pennsylvania, Delaware and Chester County Heath Departments.
What happens if someone tests positive after attending in-person worship?
Our in-person worship sign-up process requires attendees to inform Mary Lou Kendus in the Church office if they test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending a service. Wayne Presbyterian Church collects a record of each service’s attendees. In the event of someone informing us that they have tested positive after attending a worship service, Wayne Presbyterian Church will contact the Health Department for tracing using the information we provide.
Anyone who feels uncomfortable attending an in-person service or those with pre-existing conditions which may put them at higher risk from complications arising from COVID-19, are encouraged to attend virtually and not in person.
Our ticketing process will require you to certify that you have not had symptoms, nor been in contact with anyone who has tested positive within the past 14 days before attending a service at Wayne Presbyterian Church.
Have the Church heating ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems been reviewed?
Yes. The Property committee has reviewed the safety and adequacy of WPC’s HVAC systems. Below is information regarding HVAC systems in the Church.
- Filters are changed quarterly.
- The vast majority of the Church systems serve only one room, but a few systems serve more than 1 room.
- In all cases, re-circulated air travels through ductwork of various lengths, passes through a filter, passes over heating and cooling coils and goes back through ductwork.
- With respect to HVAC effects on COVID aerosols, current literature is not conclusive.
- The Pennsylvania Health Department advises that HVAC systems make a marginal contribution to safety, with masks and social distancing being the most significant factors in combating spread.
- High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing (HEPA) filters, such as those used in health care facilities, can assist in capturing airborne viruses, but the Church HVAC systems are not equipped to operate HEPA filters.
- The Church HVAC systems have been upgraded and outfitted with MERV 13 filters.
- The Property committee is not recommending any additional changes to the HVAC systems.
Is the Sanctuary cleaned regularly?
Wayne Presbyterian Church has increased routine cleaning and disinfection following services in the Sanctuary. High-touch pew items (Hymnals, Bibles, Fellowship Pads, etc.) have been removed for this interim time. The Church staff ensures the safe and correct application of disinfectants for the Sanctuary, hallways, restrooms, and all high-touch surfaces. For your safety, hand sanitizer also is available at the building’s entry points and in other open areas of the building.
Why are we not hosting outdoor services at Wayne Presbyterian Church?
Wayne Presbyterian Church has prioritized permanent live streaming from the Sanctuary to provide access to worship for the whole congregation.
Why are we not taking temperatures at the door?
Performing screening or health checks (such as temperature checks) are not completely effective because asymptomatic individuals or individuals with mild non-specific symptoms may not realize they are infected and may pass through screening. Screening and health checks are not a replacement for other protective measures such as social distancing since approximately 30 percent of those who test positive are asymptomatic. Temperature results also may not be reliable when not performed by trained medical personnel, given variation across methods, tools, manufacturers, and environmental conditions.
What safety measures are required of in-person worship attendees?
- Everyone ages two and older must properly wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the property, even in outdoor spaces. The CDC shares these guidelines for masking.
- Maintain 6 ft. physical distance from others.
- Keep our hallways clear. No gathering in groups. Follow our one-way traffic patterns.
- Use our hand sanitizer stations as needed.
- Once seated in the Sanctuary, remain in your pew. Ushers will dismiss you by row after the service.
- Singing is prohibited to reduce likelihood of community spread.
- Share the peace of Christ with a wave instead of a handshake.
- Refrain from physical contact with others.
Are those participating in worship services safe if not wearing masks in the Sanctuary?
Infection spread depends on many factors, including how loudly and how much people are speaking, how closely spaced people are from one another, whether they are wearing masks, and how well-ventilated a room is.
Wayne Presbyterian Church follows recommendations from the CDC that any unmasked speaker or singer be positioned a minimum of 6 feet from the next person present. This distance is considered for all those participating in a worship service.
What type of masks do singers wear during Sunday services?
The masks our singers wear were developed by Broadway professionals to help contain droplets while allowing space around the mouth to sing comfortably. These masks have structure, stopping the fabric from sucking in when singers breathe, and create a more resonant space for singing. They also are cut longer under the chin to improve range of motion while singing, preventing gaps that would otherwise open a singer’s face to the room.
Will restrooms in the Church be open?
On Sundays, the restrooms near the main office are open. All other restrooms in the building are closed.
Who is welcome to attend in-person worship?
We welcome Church members, visitors and guests. Reservations are required to attend in-person worship, both to guarantee seating and to help our ushers seat you promptly and easily.
Please stay home if you or anyone in your household are feeling unwell. Stay home if you or anyone in your household are experiencing any symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do call our pastoral staff if we can support you in any way.
How do I sign up to attend a Sunday service?
Reservations are now required for in-person worship. New ticketing technology (Churchreserve) helps us ensure physical distancing through automatic pew spacing; and maintains attendees’ contact information should someone become ill or test positive for COVID-19 after attending.
Via the "select & reserve your seats" button above, pick your specific seat and follow the prompts. Once you receive your ticket via email, please either print your ticket and bring it with you or have a digital copy available on your mobile device for our greeters and ushers to check as you arrive.
When will in-person ticket reservations be available online each week?
Reservations will be open each Monday by 10:00 AM for the following Sunday.
Reservations for worship are available on a first-come basis. A link to make a reservation for worship will be posted each week on our website and shared in the weekly News and Views.
Sign up will open each week on Monday at 10:00 AM and will close at Noon on Friday.
What if I forget my printed ticket and/or mobile device on Sunday?
Ushers have copies of every Sunday reservation and will check for your name at the door.
How are the seats numbered?
The center isle of the Sanctuary is the East - West dividing line. Each pew is consecutively numbered starting at the front of the Church and each seat is consecutively numbered starting at the center aisle. If you selected the 6th row from the front, West side, seats 8 and 9, your ticket reservation would be W - 6 - 8, W - 6 - 9
Are bulletins available on Sunday?
Single use printed bulletins will be available in the Sanctuary. In addition, we will continue to post the weekly bulletin on our website. You may find the bulletin on the Watch Live page and in the Resource section of our website.
Will there be in-person communion?
For the present time, communion will not be part of the service.
Is offering collected during in-person worship?
Offering plates will not be passed during in-person worship. Instead, please continue to give online, or drop your offering envelope in the secure boxes near the usher table in the Sanctuary.
Is there Fellowship Hour after the Sunday service?
We encourage fellowship outside in our courtyard and/or under the tent in our parking lot.
I would like my child/myself to be baptized. Is that possible now?
I want to volunteer to usher for a service. Who should I contact?
We welcome volunteers to usher. With our new precautionary measures and logistics are now in place for worship, even if you have ushered for one of our services before, usher training is required. Please reach out to Mary Lou Kendus, to be added to our next usher training.