“What is the chief end of humankind?
Humankind’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy God forever.”
from The Westminster Catechism
Members and friends of West Haven gather for worship each Sunday morning at 11am, Sept.-May.
In the summer we worship each Sunday at 10am, June-Aug.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic our community has agreed to the following guidelines for in-person worship. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Guideline for In-Person Worship During Covid-19 Pandemic
Masks are to be worn by everyone at all times indoors, including the pastor.
Rational: masks minimize the spread of COVID-19, this is most important while singing, singing projects a great deal of mouth droplets into the air and masks help to mitigate the spread.
Social distancing at all times, including no handshakes or hugs.
Rational: distancing has been proven to slow or mitigate the spread of Covid -19.
Practice: The pews will be marked to designate where families can sit in the sanctuary.
Families cannot linger in the sanctuary to chat. They must leave exit the sanctuary and social distance outside to chat and catch up.
During the offertory and Communion families are encouraged to come up one at a time so ensure distancing is maintained.
The side doors by the pulpit will be open during the service.
Rational: Ventilation helps to mitigate risk.
No Choir, No Meetings & No Sunday School for summer, to be revisited in the fall of 2020.
Rational: social distancing cannot be comfortably maintained in the Sunday School room or choir rooms.
Use printed hymns and not hymnal books.
Rational: the less things individuals touch the less likely they are to get infected.
What to expect Sunday mornings:
The worship style is traditional with hymns, a chancel choir, and organ.
The length of a typical worship service lasts up to an hour.
Attire tends to be a blend of business casual.
Pass the Peace
Near the beginning of each worship service, members and friends “pass the peace.” This is a highlight of each service when individuals greet one another with the hospitality of Christ.During worship services, passages of Scripture are read and a sermon is shared.
On select days throughout the year, the Lord’s Supper is celebrated.