Please click on the logo to the right to access the Safe Service Procedure Plan, recently reviewed by the Worship and Music Committee and the Session.

You can also view the Safe Procedure Plan below;

Safe Service Procedure Plan

First Presbyterian Church Alpena

Worship Committee

19 May 2020


The object of this plan is to create a safe environment for Worship during this period.


  • Congregants should not attend if they feel ill.

  • Congregants should only bring what is absolutely necessary to services.

  • Doors will open at 10:00.

  • Hand sanitizer and masks made available. Face masks must be used for everyone’s safety at least until worshiper leaves the building.

  • When people enter the church, they are encouraged to use auto door openers with an elbow.

  • Use fellowship hall for service.

  • Chairs placed in groups for families and single chairs. Spacing six feet apart.

  • On entry, the congregation will be asked to adhere to safety precautions.

  • Social distancing will be maintained throughout service.

  • No prayer books or hymnals provided. All info should be in bulletin or on slides.

  • Singing is not recommended for hymns, but they may be hummed.

  • Keep a list of attendees for notification purposes.

  • Pass the peace with a wave or nod.

  • Orderly dismissal. Congregation should refrain from standing near exits.

  • No fellowship time.

  • Pre-recorded sermon for those remaining at home.

  • After the service fellowship hall, passageways, door handles, etc. will be sanitized before next use.


  • We will have an offering time during service. But collection will not be done by plate.

  • There should be a table situated near each exit to collect plate offerings as congregants enter or leave the space.


  • During communion services we will not pass plates of bread or juice.

  • Provide a combined bread wafer and cup for communion which congregants should pick up from a prepared table as they enter the sanctuary.

  • Congregants may simply continue with online communion.

Office Hours:

  • During office hours those entering the building will follow guidelines laid out by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, with signage posted.