Returning to In Person Activities | An Update

The Session has just approved an updated policy to govern in-person activities at the church. You can view the approved guidelines using the link below.

Up to 200 people will be allowed in the meetinghouse for worship (including worship leaders and the tech team). There is no longer any age restrictions placed on attendance. Singing and participation in responsive liturgy WILL be allowed. Masks and physical distancing will be required so that all who attend can fully participate in worship. Registration, including self-screening per the guidelines outline in our policy, will be required of all participants.

Outdoor worship will continue as scheduled (approximately once per month through the summer). There are no longer any restrictions on numbers, however masks and physical distancing are still required for outdoor worship so that all who attend can worship fully.

For other outdoor activities, registration and self-screening remain in place. Per the CDC’s recommendations, masks and physical distancing are required for those who are NOT FULLY VACCINATED.

Use of our facilities for our own programming or by our affiliated community groups will also resume under the same guidelines. Again, accurate attendance records, masks, physical distancing, and related requirements will apply. Outdoor activities will be encouraged whenever possible.

The RIPA Advisory Group will continue to track and assess changes in COVID activity/statistics, state guidelines and vaccination status, and our policies/protocols will be adjusted as appropriate. Stay tuned for more information as we grow and implement our plans to again gather in person. The RIPA team intends to provide updated recommendations to the Session at their next scheduled meeting in September. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen Buda at