Please see the attached letter regarding our latest status, plans, policies, and procedures as we navigate our church through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congregation Letter - September 21, 2020

HIghlights of the letter:

  • Effective September 27, 2020 - First service start time is now 8:15am on Sunday morning
  • Effective September 27, 2020 - Second service (9:40am) will be seating every other pew. 1st (8:15am) and 3rd (11:15am) Sunday services will still be every 3rd pew.
  • Sunday School is up and running for Pre-K through Adult
  • Confirmation Classes have begun. Still time to sign-up
  • No Wednesday programs at the church at this time. Rock-Us has started at the Journey Café.
  • Any activities or meetings need to be scheduled and have room reservations via the secretary. See the document for your responsibilities regarding scheduling, cleaning up after yourself, and food policies.

Dear Parents,

After much discussion and careful consideration of current CDC and state guidelines and consistory protocols, we have decided to resume in-person Sunday school for preschool (3 years old thru pre-k), elementary (K thru 5th grade), and middle school (6th thru 8th grade) students on August 2nd for the 9:40 hour only. Due to difficulty maintaining social distancing and face mask use with two-year-olds, we will not have a toddler/two-year-old class at this time and will revisit resuming that class in the future.

Attached are the protocols established by Zion’s Church for resuming in-person Sunday school. We took every effort to comply with all current CDC and state guidelines and create a safe environment; however, we are asking each family to read over the protocols to familiarize yourself with the procedures, prep your child with what changes to expect, and determine the right time for your family to return to Sunday school.

Special notes for middle school students:

  • Middle school students will enter through the upper parking lot doors, walk through the back hallway, and down the stairs by the street. They will continue through the downstairs back hallway to their classroom.
  • Twelve students can fit in the classroom and maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Once everyone is seated and class has begun, students will be permitted to remove their mask for the lesson at the discretion of the teacher. If more than 12 students are present, students will be required to wear their mask for the entire hour since socially distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are required at all times when moving in the building or classroom.
  • To limit the amount of shared items, students are asked to bring their own Bibles (Bible apps are fine) and a pen or pencil. Bibles will still be available in the classroom for those who need them.
  • Students leaving after Sunday school is over should promptly exit via the designated path in the fellowship hall and out the fellowship hall doors (these are exit only doors). They will rejoin the rest of their family outside.
  • Students staying for the third worship service will be required to wait in the classroom until near the start of the service time. They will promptly proceed upstairs via the stairs by Randy’s office and join the line to enter the sanctuary. They will either join the rest of their family already sitting in the sanctuary or tell the usher how many family members will be joining them and wait for their family in the pew.

We have missed all of your children and look forward being together in person again when it is the right time for your family to return.

Sincerely,
Jenn Scott, Sunday School Coordinator

Click to Download Our Sunday School Re-Opening Protocols

Hi everyone,

     I have great news! The Consistory decided on Tuesday night to re-open our church on Sunday, June 28, with three services at 8:00, 9:40 and 11:15—the Easter schedule. We have this spacing to enable us to clean the church between services and attempt to make it as safe an environment as we can achieve.

     There are varied ideas as to how we should open. Before revealing the ‘how,’ I’d like us to take a moment and acknowledge that we will have differing opinions about how we open, and we also have diverse opinions about what is happening in our society. But we also have some significant points of agreement. In spite of any differences, we all agree about the following:

  • None of us want to be living with the restrictions of Covid-19.
  • All of us value our relationships in our church family.
  • We all want to worship together again.
  • We want everyone, no matter what their age or health circumstances, to return to worship as soon as they safely can.
  • We want everyone to feel completely welcome and included in our family.
  • Finally, we want no one to feel either socially or spiritually pressured to come to church. You must do what is the wisest and best for your life circumstances, and we completely bless you in whatever choice you might make. We long for the time when things truly do return to a more normal experience of being together.

Dear Friends,

In light of the recent guidelines dictated by our government and the CDC we felt it would be prudent to communicate with you on our church’s response to the Covid-19 virus situation. We have decided that it would be in the best interest of everyone to close our church for Sunday Worship Services and cancel all activities of the church and Journey Cafe’ until further notice.

We would like to continue to stay connected to you all and we are excited to be offering an online worship experience. We will provide a link to it directly on Facebook, our church website, and on our new communications software called Realm when it’s ready each week. We hope you would view this every week so you can still worship God and be filled with the week’s teaching from Pastor Randy.

If you are not online or don’t use computers at all. We can send you a DVD of the worship service. If you would like us to do that, please call the church to request it be sent to you at 610-562-2300.

It is important that since we won’t be meeting physically we can stay in communication, show love and pray with each other. We can do this through email, Facebook, phone, mail, online video conferencing or lessons and our new communications software Realm. We would like you all to sign in to connect through this new software if you can! If you go to connect.zionschurch.org you can create an account and then use the software. If you have any questions, ideas or an emergency please call the church at 610-562-2300, or contact a staff member directly. If you don’t have their contact information please call the church, email or message us on Facebook.

We are thinking and praying about other ways that we could connect, help people, pray and maybe have some spiritual connection. If you have any ideas or anything we might want to add to our planning, please let us know. We are monitoring this situation as it unfolds and if we have to change or act further on anything
we will be sure to update you as soon as possible. It is important to remember that God is in control and that His word says we shouldn’t fear. We should continue to praise Him and trust Him. Please join us in praying for the situation and that God would bring about healing and a solution, for health authorities and governments around the world, as they lead us. and for the opportunity to show Christ - like love and concern for others during these times.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13


Warmly,
The Leadership of Zions Church

 

  

Zion's Church has implemented a Church Management System called Realm. Along with serving the church's business needs, it also offers several ways to improve engagement, communication, and relationships within church. 

WHAT IS REALM?
Realm is an online ministry tool designed with communication in mind. It helps us all to stay connected and informed.  Realm allows you to manage your personal contact information and who is allowed to see it, control your online giving, and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you.  Realm is available both as a web site and a mobile app.  You will be able to receive notifications via email or within the app.

WHY USE REALM?
Realm strengthens church connections.  Groups and individuals are better able to communicate with each other, even from our mobile devices. It will facilitate better relationship building.  We’ll stay organized, and you’ll stay informed about all of the ministries and fellowship opportunities.  Event registration will be available, and, if an event requires payment, you'll be able to pay online as well.  If you are a group leader, we will be reaching out to do some additional training for you.

Governor Tom Wolf just called for all PA Schools to close for the next 10 school days (3/16-3/27/2020). Because of this news and out of an abundance of caution we have decided to cancel the after school program at the Journey Cafe, and all midweek Family Night programming including Rock Us, Secret Kingdom and Acts 2 Community (adult programming) for that time period as well. We are still planning on having Worship Services and Sunday School this Sunday as of 3/13/20. Please know that we are continuing to watch the news and will update you as necessary. Please continue to pray and trust God to help us and our leaders to navigate through this crisis!

March 12, 2020

 

Dear friends,

Things have been moving fairly fast this week in regards to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how as a church family we should respond. We are in discussions as to how to best care for members of our church family and beyond, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus.

The Wolf Administration has just put out a statement with restrictions and suggestions for neighboring Montgomery County. He has also given some guidelines for the state of Pennsylvania. They are…

  • The Wolf Administration strongly encourages the suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more.
    The Wolf Administration discourages individuals from traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.
    The Wolf Administration encourages religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness.
  • In light of these guidelines we felt it would be prudent to communicate with you on this topic.

Statistically those over 70 are the most vulnerable to serious illness as a result of this virus. We are aware that we have vulnerable people in our ministries at Zions.

Zions Church is excited to now offer sign language interpretation at the 9:40 am Worship Services. Signing will be in the front left corner of the sanctuary and will be provided whenever people are in attendance who have the ability to understand sign language.