COVID-19 and Relaunch 

Peace Lutheran Church is committed to the health and safety of all its members and guests.

The message below outlines the precautions we are taking to relaunch in-person worship and groups.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the church office by calling (301) 843-1832 or email

18 September 2020

Dear Peace Family,

We are extremely happy to be reopening our church for indoor worship on Sunday. As we do so, we will be keeping safety and health of everyone as our number one priority.

Here is a review of things we are doing to ensure we are taking care of our Congregation:

  • The Entrance will be on the right-hand side of doors as you view the Narthex from outside

  • We will be taking temperatures with a touchless thermometer before you enter the building  – if someone has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, they will not be able to be in attendance. (we are also looking at an APP that can be downloaded to a smartphone to prescreen prior to coming to service which the Usher can verify from your smartphone)

  • We have disinfected the entire building using a commercial fogger and disinfectant which is supposed to kill over 99.7% of the germs in the air

  • Touch-free hand sanitizer is available as soon as you walk in the door

  • Contact tracing information will be taken before you enter the Sanctuary

  • Masks are available if you do not have one as well as disposable gloves if you wish to wear them

  • Stanchions run from the entry doors to the Sanctuary doors

  • Communion Elements will be given to each person as they enter the Sanctuary to be held until the appropriate time during the Eucharist

  • The Ushers will show you seating areas and answer any questions you might have

  • Seating in the Sanctuary has been setup for social distancing. IF we have more attendees than seats in designated space – the Choir Loft will be used for seating as well

  • For now – we will not have paper bulletin’s or Hymnals – the service will be displayed on the screen and there will be a code which can be scanned to download the Bulleting to your phone

  • Singing and Liturgical responses will be done inside the masks at a low volume

  • Passing the Peace will be a no-touch wave/peace sign from where you are seated

  • Communion will be consecrated and consumed at your seat (a trash can will be available to dispose the waste on your way out)

  • Upon the Final Blessing and Sending Hymn – the Ushers will show each row out of the Sanctuary

  • The Exit will be on the opposite side of doors and touch-free hand sanitizer will be available for you just inside the Narthex


Other Building Updates:

  • Touchless soap and hand towel dispensers have been installed in restrooms

  • Touchless hand sanitizers have been strategically placed throughout the building


Things we will not be able to do:

  • We will be unable to have coffee hour

  • The Nursery will not be available

  • We ask that you do not stay inside the Sanctuary or Narthex to visit – if you want to visit please do so outside the building with your masks on and continuing to maintain social distancing


We know that our Worship experience is going to be significantly different than it was back in March when we were last inside our Church for service. The Relaunch Team along with Worship and Music are working hard to ensure your worship experience is as close to what it was but adding safety precautions. We look forward to seeing you at 10:00am on Sunday, September 20th and each Sunday thereafter.  If you still do not feel it is time to rejoin live service, we will still be having the Online service each week as well. We are also looking to do some upgrades on the WiFi System to possibly do live streaming in the not to distance future.  As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me direct or the other members of the Relaunch Team: Pastor Shannon, Earle Knapp, Laura Polk, and Gretta Williams.


We look forward to seeing you again soon.


Stephen Foster

Peace Lutheran Church Relaunch Team Project Manager


Peace Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). 

The Reverend Shannon K. Anderson, Pastor


(301) 843-1832


401 Smallwood Drive
Waldorf, Maryland 20602

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