Category Archive: Pandemic

  1. In-Person Worship

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    Updated 1/7/21 Worship Time Change:

    In-person, 30-minute Worship services every Sunday Evening at 5:45 pm.

    Virtual Worship Services, Kid’s Church and Morning Jam will continue to be offered Online (nursery closed) and two Virtual CONNECT classes will continue to be offered via Zoom at 10:15 am.

    Want to join in-person worship? Take a look at this video

    We’ve made changes so arrivals are as fast and touch-free as possible. Download the free Church Center App to your phone. Here are links to the app stores Apple or for an Android phone. After installation, search for Hyde Park Pres and create your personal account.

    On arrival: Check in, then show the bar code to the Greeter and your name tags will be printed out. Of course, we are always happy to welcome you without the above procedure.

    • Please wear a mask when you enter from the Swann Avenue entrance (Sanctuary front doors).
    • Hand sanitizer is placed in the entrance; please use it as you enter.
    • Choose a seat from the open pews.
    • Families may sit together but unrelated groups are asked to maintain social distancing.
    • Children are welcome to the services, the nursery and children’s classes are not operating. Individual Worship packets (crayons and coloring sheets) marked with the child’s name are available at the door.
    • Envelopes for offerings and prayer cards are found in the narthex, along with boxes where they may be deposited.
    • There will be no paper copies of hymns or scriptures; they will be projected on the screen.
    • Restrooms in the Orleans hall may be used if needed.
    • Communion will not be served during this time.
    • Please exit via the Swann Avenue doors.

    We ask that you not attend worship if you are not feeling healthy, are immunocompromized, or are uncomfortable worshipping with others.

    For questions, please email the church office–

    If you are not attending in person don’t worry you can continue to view the virtual worship services online at

    For questions, email

  2. Helping Families Survive the Pandemic

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    Tips for Quarantine w/Kids from Thornwell Specialist

    In the midst of this pandemic, we continue to try to find the balance of protecting ourselves and our family and staying sane while trying to live our “normal” life.  

    If you’re anything like me, you have turned off the television to avoid hearing about the rising COVID-19 cases and related deaths.  In some ways, it’s too much to process.  Yet in other ways, I also feel like I’ve become somewhat desensitized to it all.   

    So how do we navigate this time, which has already extended longer than most of us anticipated?  My initial “professional” thoughts: Tell families about how important it is to have a well-established daily routine! Discuss the importance of connecting with children through child-led play! Mention how vital it is to praise children throughout the day!

    But honestly?  If today all you’ve been able to do is keep the kids alive—that’s okay!  These are difficult times and none of us have done this before!  Extend grace—not only to your children and your spouse, but to yourself as well!  Take a few slow, deep breaths; stop telling yourself what you “should” or “should not” be doing.  Truly, the last thing we need during this time is to criticize ourselves, which we implicitly do when we start a sentence with “I should ____.”  We are all doing the best we can with what we have been given!  And some days, just keeping the kids alive is enough (and might even be worthy of celebration)!  And in case it’s hard to speak kindly to yourself, let me be the one to tell you: You’re doing a wonderful job!

    If, over the past few months, you feel like you have barely kept your head above water and feel you could use some additional help, please contact your Thornwell Family Specialist (that’s me!) to discuss if our services would be a good fit for your family.  Through the Teaching Family model—an evidence-based model utilized in family settings—Thornwell works to increase effective family skills and decrease parental stress.  

    But he said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

    -2 Corinthians 12:9

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