As we continue to monitor and respond to the status of the pandemic, our church leadership has implemented best-practices for how our community gathers in-person.


Since May 2020, when lockdown orders were lifted for houses of worship, we have been worshipping in person with limited seating and guidelines in place. When you are comfortable returning to in-person activities, the information below will guide your experience on Sunday mornings for worship and for other activities.​​Although Worship and other activities might look a little different right now, we are taking every reasonable precaution to provide a safe space for people to gather.

covid Guidelines for worship

For the safety of our attendees and staff attendees, church leaders have developed the following guidelines:

  • Those with symptoms of illness (fevers, aches, cough, sneezing) and underlying health conditions that put them at risk are asked to stay home.

  • Masks are required at all times.

  • Attendees are asked to observe social-distancing guidelines while onsite.

  • Temperature checks are performed of all staff and attendees, and hand-sanitizing stations are positioned throughout the building.

  • Available seats in the Sanctuary are marked, and groups that arrive together may sit together. 

  • The first two rows are roped off to provide at least 30 feet of space between worshipers and worship leaders, who do not wear masks while leading worship.

  • Air purifiers are stationed around the Sanctuary. They completely turn over the air in 20 minutes with 99.9% purification.

  • Children in Sunday School are asked to abide by the same guidelines, and our Children's ministry staff (who are temperature-checked and sanitize frequently) are tasked with ensuring the guidelines are followed.

About Worship

  • Worship takes place in the Sanctuary. There is no air-conditioning in this space, so please dress comfortably! When the weather allows, windows may be open. When windows aren't open, air purifiers are used to cycle and purify the air in the space.

  • Seats are marked so that groups sit at least 6 feet apart.

  • Restrooms are available.

  • Children are welcome and may remain with their parents throughout Worship or go to Sunday School, where social distancing, masks, and frequent sanitizing is required.

  • Adjustments to Worship include:

    • No contact during the Greeting (no handshakes, hugs, or close talking);

    • No congregational singing at this time. All singing will be led by worship leaders;

    • No passing of an offering plate; individuals bring their offering to the front and place it in the offering plate or give electronically;

    • Communion is served in individually packaged portions;

    • Worshipers asked to wear their masks at all times;

    • Refreshments after Worship are served in individually packed portions.

Worship continues both in-person and online on Sundays at 10:30am.

In-Person: If you are joining us in the Sanctuary, please review our safety guidelines and information above prior to Sunday morning.  We are able to accommodate 125 worshipers in our Sanctuary, properly spaced per social distancing guidelines.

At Home: If you aren't able to come to church, or aren't yet comfortable doing so, know that the online option will always be available. The live broadcast begins with a prelude and live chat at 10:20am, and there are three different ways to watch:​​


Our website


Staying connected during the pandemic

Worship in-person and online:

Sunday worship is broadcast live at 10:30am every week and is available online by clicking one of the icons above. When you are comfortable returning to in-person worship, please review the guidelines for gathering. If you have any questions, reach out to us at   

Receive Emails & Texts

Emails and texts will remind you of God’s love and that you are a valued part of our family of faith. Write us at if you are not receiving emails or texts. We want to be in touch with you.

Connect with a Pastor

Need a prayer? Or would you like to talk to a Pastor? Feeling anxious or lonely? Our pastors, Johann and Jennifer, can be reached at or by calling (973) 379-5600.

Virtual Bible Study

Join our virtual Bible Study, which gathers at 9:30am on Wednesdays via Zoom - discover what God is saying through the Gospel of John. To get the login information, email and we'll get you started!

Sunday School is in-person and online:

Join Sunday School LIVE via Zoom at 10:30am on Sunday mornings or in-person in the Chapel! With weekly activities and live interactions with our teachers and pastors, kids will feel connected to church in an entirely new way. Click here to learn more. 

Find out more!

As we begin the process of welcoming you back to in-person events, there are many ways for you to get involved. Click here to learn more about our Upcoming Events.


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Church Office Hours

Monday - Friday; 9:00am-5:00pm



200 Hartshorn Drive

Short Hills, NJ 07078

Tel: 973-379-5600

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