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COVID-19 FAQ

Before Attending In-Person | During In-Person Worship | Contact Tracing

We realize that you may have a lot of questions, and we want to give you the most updated answers to allow you to make the best decision for you and your family when it comes to participating in worship over the next few months. If you have a question that's not addressed here, please email us at [email protected]

Let us prepare ourselves with all the uncertainties, with all the needs, to cling to him and him alone — as we see this new thing (Isaiah 43:19) he is doing in our lives, in our city and in our church.

Know Before You Go

What will limited capacity, modified services look like?

We are now offering a hybrid Sunday worship service (in-person and online) at 10:30 a.m. Up to 150 participants will be allowed to gather for worship at Ethical, and you can register each week, starting Mondays at noon. However, to maintain social distance, attendees will not be able to congregate or hang out within the building. To enforce this, participants will be asked to follow the leading and direction of staff and volunteers at all times. Additionally, we will not be holding any adult or children gatherings before or following the service.

Do I have to register to attend service?

Yes, registration is required to attend for everyone over the age of one. It will open on Mondays at noon and close on Fridays at noon (or sooner if we reach maximum registrations). If you register to attend and then are unable to attend, for whatever reason, please cancel your registration so that others can participate with in-person services. To cancel, please email [email protected]

Can I invite a visitor? Will there be room for them?

Absolutely! Simply note that all visitors must also register in advance.

What measures will you take to screen attendees before services?

When registering to attend service, individuals/families will be asked to self-evaluate and answer screening questions related to their health, travel and liability. Then, upon arrival at Redeemer Lincoln Square on Sunday, the questions will be reviewed and individuals/families will affirm all statements to still be true.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, all persons (ages 2+) must wear a mask at all times upon arrival at New York Society for Ethical Culture and for the duration of their time indoors. Face shields can be worn in addition to a mask, but do not qualify as a mask to be worn individually.

Will the pastors and worship leaders be wearing masks?

All staff and volunteers will wear masks. However, during the service, the worship leaders and preachers will need to remove their masks in order to perform their worship activities. They will be at least 12-feet from others when speaking/singing without masks.

What additional cleaning and disinfection measures will you take?

CDC guidelines will be followed, and frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, pews, countertops and bathrooms) will be wiped down before and after service. Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the building.

Will we have access to the restrooms?

Yes, the restrooms will be open. However, restroom capacities will be limited, so please follow the markers and signage that will be on display.

Will those seeking wheelchair assistance have access to the sanctuary?

In order to follow necessary social distancing protocols, those seeking wheelchair assistance must arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of service, so an LSQ Operations worker and Ethical Culture staff member can assist them into the sanctuary. If you have further questions about this, please email [email protected]

What if we still don’t feel comfortable returning at this time? Will livestream be available?

That is perfectly ok! We strongly encourage individuals who are immunocompromised, considered to be high risk, unwell, unable to register or uncomfortable attending in-person services to stay at home and participate online via livestream.


What to Expect on Sunday

What time should I arrive?

On the registration page, you will select an arrival time. That said, please arrive at (or just before) that selected time.

What can I expect upon arrival?

You will be asked to stand in line in order to be checked in by an Operations staff member at which point they will confirm your registration and ask you to positively affirm that none of your answers from the health screening questions have changed. They will also ensure you are wearing a mask and be available to answer any further questions you might have. Then, an usher will escort you to a seat in the Auditorium.

Will you pass out printed bulletins?

We will not have printed bulletins but will post an electronic bulletin that can be accessed through the Redeemer app.

Will Children’s Ministry be offered?

No, sadly we are unable to offer in-person LSQ Kids classes at this time. For children attending service, the LSQ Kids team will provide print-at-home resources that families can bring with them. If you have further questions, please email [email protected]

Where can I park my stroller?

Since we will not have access to the YMCA, stroller parking will be available downstairs in the Social Hall of Ethical Culture. Families will be responsible for transporting/carrying their own strollers to and from the Social Hall using the appropriately designated stairwells. Elevators will not be available for use.

Will there be singing?

Congregants in attendance will be able to sing while keeping masks on.

How will you take up the offering?

There will not be an offering collection during the service, so no offering plates will be passed. Instead, attendees will be encouraged to give electronically. You can learn more here.

Will you be serving communion? If so, are the elements allergy-friendly?

We are still working through the logistics of this one. For the time being, we are holding Communion in the Park services — stay tuned for more via our calendar.

What about Q&R and the dismissal process?

Each week, our worship leader or pastor will give instructions on how our Ops team and Usher team will dismiss you row by row.

Will there be a Coffee Hour?

No, unfortunately we will not be offering Coffee Hour following the service. Additionally, you will be asked to finish or discard any food or beverages before entering the building. Only beverages in a capped bottle will be permissible.


Contact Tracing

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 after attending service?

If you test positive for COVID-19, your medical professional will let you know the proper reporting procedures. However, if it was within 14 days of attending an LSQ Sunday service, please contact our staff by email at [email protected] so that we can coordinate care for you while you are ill and, if necessary, notify the other Sunday service attendees about the potential of exposure.

Will I be notified if someone who attended service tests positive for COVID-19?

Yes. Following CDC’s guidance, we will notify all attendees from the Sunday services that occurred within the 14 days prior about the potential of exposure.

Keep in mind, if you attended service with the sick person but followed all safety measures of social distancing (staying 6 feet apart) and kept your mask on at all times while indoors, the possibility of exposure is minimal.


Learn More

General COVID-19 News

During initial transition, we're starting with a small number for in-person worship and then will gradually increase capacity. This will give us the opportunity to acclimate to the new safety precautions and be able to best welcome you and your family to worship. We also will be providing more general COVID-19 updates as we have them — click the button below for more.

COVID News 

Receive Care and Assistance

During this season, we want to pray alongside you and provide resources and care. If you are in need of prayer, financial assistance or any other need, we'd love to hear from you.

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Virtual Worship on YouTube

We understand that you might not feel comfortable returning to Ethical Culture as soon as we return, which is totally okay. We'd love for you to connect with us from your home, so we'll continue to offer our weekly worship service on YouTube.

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