We will continue to have worship services online and in our Worship Center on Sunday in the same way we have since moving indoors in October. Here is more information we want you to know regarding Sunday: 

  • We will continue to offer 4 DIFFERENT OPTIONS (see below) for everyone who attends Otterbein.
  • We ask everyone to PHYSICAL DISTANCE themselves from non-family members when attending worship services or any of our ministry programs.
  • Face Coverings are required at our 9:00 a.m. service with the exception of the time during the message if you are physically distanced from others.
  • Face Coverings are optional at our 10:45 a.m. service.  Please feel free to wear a face covering during the 10:45 a.m. service if you would like to do so.  It may be the wise thing for you to do at this time in light of increased cases locally.  Please note we are not having any children's ministries at 10:45 a.m. at this time.
  • Both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services will be streamed live on our website, Facebook, and YouTube.  You can also view the complete service ON DEMAND later in the day on Sunday and throughout the week on our website or the OC APP.
  • Please DO NOT ATTEND on our church campus if any of the following apply: 1) You currently have COVID symptoms; 2) You are in quarantine; 3) You have tested positive for Covid and are still in your isolation period; or 4) You were tested for Covid and do not yet have results.
  • We encourage you to DO THE WISE THING for you and your family.  It may be wise for you to not attend in person services right now if you are high risk for complications from Covid, are a caregiver for a high risk person, or have increased possibility of exposure due to your job.
  • There is always a risk for exposure to people with COVID when gathering with a larger group of people.  This is certainly true of attending worship services in our Worship Center.  You need to be a peace regarding the risk of attending.  If you are not at peace with the risk, please join us online.
  • If you haven't signed up for TEXT ALERTS, we encourage you to do so.  If we need to make a last minute change to our Worship Services or ministry programs, the best place to receive notifications about this is by Text Alerts.  You can receive them by texting 94000 and use the keyword OCINFO.

We understand not everyone is at the same place regarding their comfort level with attending church indoors.  So...We have four options for you to choose from!

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As we assess how people are feeling about returning indoors for church services, most of us fit into one of three groups.

GROUP 1 are those who are not yet ready to come back indoors for worship services and church activities.  There are many different reasons why people are not yet ready and we respect and acknowledge your feelings and concerns about returning indoors.

GROUP 2 are those who have some concerns about returning indoors but are willing to do it if the church is taking some steps to offer a safe environment (face coverings, physical distancing, contactless entry and exit, etc.) and if others who attend are willing to also follow the safety guidelines.

GROUP 3 are those who want things as normal as possible.  Specifically, they don't want to wear face coverings while attending church.  In fact, for this group, requiring face coverings is a deal breaker for returning to church.

HERE IS OUR COMMITMENT.  We want to provide opportunities for all three groups of people to attend worship services.  We also want to begin offering as many of our ministry programs as possible in the weeks ahead.

here are the details:

  • All services include the same message and the same music.
  • We are not limiting capacity in our Worship Center. However, we encourage you to physically distance yourself from non-family members to help prevent the spread of Covid. NOTE: We have removed every other row of chairs in two of the sections of seating (right and left sides) to help make it easier to be physically distanced in those sections.
  • We have scheduled extra time between our worship services to allow everyone who wants to quickly exit the building to do so before people who are attending the next service begin entering the building.  This will help assure physical distancing is possible in the lobby.  Anyone who wishes may also use one of the two emergency exits in the Worship Center after the service if they desire to do so to avoid exiting through the lobby.
  • All children and youth will have their temperature taken and will be asked Covid related questions prior to entering their classrooms. This will take place for children and volunteers in the hallway beside Guest Central as you enter into the children’s ministry area. Youth ministry volunteers and middle/high school students will be screened when they enter the OC Youth building.
  • In all services, we will not be passing offering plates. We encourage you to GIVE ONLINE. We will have baskets available at the Worship Center doors for you to drop off your offering before and after the service if you prefer. Giving Kiosks will also be available in the lobby.
  • On the weeks we have communion, you will be given juice and bread when you enter the Worship Center.
  • Church bulletins with the message outline and announcements will be available at the doors as you enter the Worship Center. The outline and announcements are also available ONLINE
  • The Cafe will be open in the Church lobby following the 9:00 a.m. service and prior to the 10:45 a.m. service.
  • A number of Adult Bible Classes are planning to meet. CLICK HERE for times, locations and names of the teachers.

frequently asked questions


The short answer is no. The truth is that no church or business or school or government official or anyone else should and can make that promise to you.  There is a risk associated with returning indoors for worship services.  If you are looking for a totally risk free environment, your best option will be to join us online.


There is much debate about this question.  Here is the position of our Elders.  On July 15, 2020, Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Levine announced new limitations to outdoor and indoor gatherings (250 outdoors and 25 indoors).  When they made the announcement, both were asked specifically if the guidelines applied to churches and religious services.  Both answered no.  Churches and religious institutions are not required to follow the health guidelines.  It is our opinion that in light of their "no" answer to capacity limitation that they are also acknowledging that none of the other health guidelines they have issued are "required" and are simply recommendations for churches.

You may wonder if we are not "required" to follow the guidelines, then why ask people to wear a face covering during the 9:00 a.m. service.  We are asking people to wear a face covering at that service to help those who desire certain safety protocols (like wearing a face mask) to feel more comfortable while attending a worship service.  Our goal is to provide options for people who have different comfort levels for attending indoors and we want the 9:00 a.m. service to be a place for people to attend who want to wear a face covering and want others who worship with them to wear one too.


We will add the 8:00 a.m. service and adjust the other service times when we need additional seating capacity.  We know that most churches both locally and nationally are seeing less than 50% of their congregation return for indoor worship services at this time. While we would like our experience at Otterbein to be different, we believe it will most likely not be different for several more weeks or months.  Bottom line - we expect to add the 8:00 a.m. service to our schedule at some point in the future.

Do you have other questions? If so, EMAIL us at and we will do our best to answer your question.