WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SNOW POLICY
Worship is a vital part of the life of our church body, so we will make every effort to remain open for our worship services. Always use discretion and make good decisions about getting out and traveling in inclement weather; your safety, the safety of your family, and the safety of those around you must be your first consideration before leaving home. Just like the school system, we will usually wait until Sunday morning to make a decision about any change in our schedule. The pastoral staff—in consultation with the deacon of the day, the weather forecast, and the current road conditions reported by the department of transportation—will assess the travel conditions around the church and the safety of our parking lot and entrances. If there is NO CHANGE to our church schedule, we will make NO ANNOUNCEMENT.
Even if road conditions are unsafe early in the morning, they are often cleared up by our 11 a.m. service time; so as a first response, we will cancel the 8:30 a.m. worship service and Sunday School and will invite everyone to attend our 11 a.m. service.
If we cannot assure reasonably safe conditions for people to park, enter, and exit our facilities, we will cancel services and/or postpone activities. We will communicate any changes in our church schedule by the following means:
- Television: WTHR Channel 13 is currently set up to announce a schedule change for us. Please be aware that there is more than one Westminster Presbyterian Church in the area; one in Marion and one in Indianapolis. We will be listed as Westminster Presbyterian Church—Muncie. If you have any doubt, please check WTHR’s website where they list closings by county.
- Radio: Announcements will be made on WBCL, WLBC, and WBST.
- Knee Mail: An e-mail will be sent to those subscribed to the Westminster Knee Mail Group.
- Facebook & Twitter: Posts will be made to our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Cancellation of the evening service will follow the same procedure and will be announced in the same way. Occasionally, we will have the evening service but cancel youth discipleship groups in order to protect our younger, less experienced drivers. Canceling d-groups will be decided by the pastoral staff together with the person in charge of d-groups and will be announced via Knee Mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
During the week, in cases of inclement weather the office will follow the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s road condition alert system. In the case of a watch (orange) or warning (red) for Delaware County, the church offices will close. In the case of an advisory (yellow), office hours will be determined by the pastoral staff. Announcements regarding the office closing or changing hours will be relayed via the same means listed above.