We know that meeting together in person is an essential part of spiritual growth, and we are excited to welcome you back to in-person worship again! Because we care deeply for our church family, we have put procedures in place to do our best to keep everyone safe.
If you choose to join us for live worship services, we ask that you register online ahead of time. At this time, seating is limited to 100 attendees. Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis.
We ask that you continue to sign up for each service you plan to attend. We need this information so that we can be prepared for your visit. We may have to make modifications to seating in the sanctuary for your safety and to ensure we meet social distancing guidelines. We may also need to increase the number of volunteers based on the numbers of sign ups we receive. By signing up in advance, you are helping us to be better prepared to serve you on Sundays.
Please note that registration for the Sunday service closes at 5:00 pm Saturday.
Registration for Children’s Ministry
Online registration of children will be required. If you choose to join us, be sure to register children ahead of time online as we will limit the number of children and modify classrooms to comply with social distancing guidelines. We may also need to increase the number of volunteers based on the numbers of sign ups we receive. By signing up in advance, you are helping us to be better prepared to serve you on Sundays. Please note that registration for the Sunday service closes at 5:00 pm Saturday.
Children are required to wear a face mask when inside the building, with the exception of children in Nursery (ages 0-3). All volunteers will be required to wear face masks or shields.
We plan to play and learn outside as much as possible so dress your children according to the morning weather.
Busy bags will continue to be available to families who would prefer that their children stay with them in the service, and Kids Church Online will be fully operational for families who choose to worship at home. Please email Carlyn Freil at with any questions or to volunteer to help.
Masks & Social Distancing
With the recent rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Adams and York Counties, the Elders of Littlestown Chapel request that everyone attending public, in-person events at the Chapel wear a face mask the entire time while in the building, as suggested by the CDC. Those who come and are not wearing a mask will be offered one to use.
The Elders also remind those attending of the importance of maintaining social distance from those not in your family group. The chairs in the auditorium have been placed in groups of 1 to 7 seats. When you take your seat, please chose a chair grouping that matches the number of people who are attending with you.
It’s been a joy to worship together in person, and we will continue to do so as long as we are able to do it safely.
While gathering with us for in-person worship services, we ask that you remember to engage in these healthy practices to help stop the spread of germs:
- We ask that you wear a mask the entire time you are inside the building. If you do not have one, masks are available at the church.
- Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take in staying healthy. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- We also have no-touch hand sanitizer stations available for use.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- It’s important to keep a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, please stay at least 6 feet from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
When to Stay Home
Because we care deeply about the safety of our church family, we are encouraging families with concerns and pre-existing health conditions to continue to watch the live stream at home.
If you have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, we ask that you refrain from attending services at this time.
If you have been feeling sick, we ask that you continue to rest at home if you have the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Any colored discharge from the nose or eyes
- Loss of taste or smell
- Excessive coughing/sneezing
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (100.4), vomiting, or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- Headache, muscle or body aches
- Started taking antibiotics within the past 48 hours
The CDC recommends ending self-isolation after it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
If You’ve Been Diagnosed
If you or your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 2 days of attending a worship service, please let us know as soon as possible. We will need to communicate with staff and those who attended the service about potential exposure. Your personal information will not be shared and will remain confidential.
Those with exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
The Elders continue to closely monitor the situation in our area, consulting with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Be sure that you are subscribed to the Digital Bulletin to receive all the latest news and updates about our plans for reopening.