Plan for On-Site Services


**View Pastor Lester's letter to the congregation here.

Petra Phase One:

 A) Begin on-site Sunday Services as a soft opening on May 24

  1. Livestreaming of the 9 and 11 a.m. services continues via all current platforms. Sign interpretation provided at the 9 a.m. service and Spanish at the 11. No Children’s Ministry or Nursery.
  2. Persons at risk, persons whose occupation includes at-risk exposure, and those persons who are uncomfortable worshipping on site are encouraged and blessed to continue worshipping remotely. If you or a family member have a cough or are not feeling well, or, if in the past three weeks were exposed to someone with signs of COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME!

 B) Social Distancing

  1. Attenders are encouraged to practice social distancing on the campus and respect each other’s personal space.
  2. Attenders are seated in every other row, allowing 2 seats between family groups or non-family members.
  3. We request no hugs or handshakes.
  4. At the dismissal of the service – Respect the people around you and social distance as you leave.

 C) Facilities

  1. Water fountains are closed. Bottled water is provided.
  2. Both the Adult and Children’s Libraries are closed.
  3. The Welcome Center is closed.
  4. The Resource Hub is closed.
  5. The outdoor playground is closed.

 D) Guest Services

  1. Doors will be opened for you.
  2. Ushers will assist with our new seating protocol.
  3. No Café services or coffee.

 E) Touch Free

  1. We have created a touch-free environment as much as possible.
  2. No bulletins.
  3. No greeting times.
  4. No passing of offering containers. Offering receptacles will be placed at the back of the Sanctuary.

 F) Masks

  1. Masks are optional for people but recommended.

 G) Other Phase One Items

  1. Midweek meetings that can observe social distancing protocol, such as we do on Sunday mornings, can begin meeting.
  2. Small groups can begin meeting.

Petra’s Response to Covid-19

May 15, 2020 updated

The Petra Campus will be closed until May 24.

The Petra team continues to monitor the Coronavirus situation and the recommendations of government officials. We want to keep you informed on how we can do “Church where you are” without gathering on campus. Here are some options for staying connected.

Petra Online

Watch our online Sunday Services at,  Petra Church APP, our Facebook Page or YouTube. To listen to the service over the phone, dial 717-481-4068.

  1. Our Sunday services are streamed at 9 and 11 a.m.
  2. ASL translation included on-site only at the 9 a.m. service starting May 24.
  3. Spanish translation on-site only at the 11 a.m. service starting May 24. The audio sermon for Sundays are available on the following day at
Kids & Students

It's important to us that kids and students can still learn and grow despite not gathering in person. We're providing ways for parents to engage with their kids by sharing age-appropriate discussion points on our Facebook page, our Petra website, and emails. Children’s Ministry will also share curriculum and lessons throughout the week via email for parents to use with their children.

Student Ministries will be using social media to stay connected with each the EDGE56, EDGE78, and High School students. 

Outreach and How You Can Serve

Take this opportunity to be a good neighbor. Sometimes crises can be a conversation starter and eliminate awkward introductions. Maybe you have never learned your neighbor's name. You can use this time to introduce yourself and then say, "If you need anything, let me know." Offer to pray for them, or say, "Let's keep our ears open if any of our other neighbors need a hand."

Prayer is always powerful. All across the county, let's offer to pray for those experiencing fear, anxiety, or uncertainty.

THE WAKE – Young Adults

Stay in touch by connecting on their Facebook group.

EHOP – Eastgate House of Prayer

EHOP will be hosting a Worship and Prayer Gathering via Zoom on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. until we are able to meet at Petra again. If you would like to join in, please send your email address to Kara Sensenig at and she will send you the link.

Giving Options

To give online, go to  You can text your donation amount by sending a message PETRA to 73256, follow the link, choose General Fund. You can also mail your tithes/offerings to Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, PA 17557.


Wish to share a prayer need? Please go to You can submit your prayer request or pray for others.

Watch for invites to join online prayer opportunities throughout the week.

Other Resources for Family & Individuals

RightNow Media – over 18,000 discipleship videos for Kids, Youth, and Adults and it’s Free to all! If you already have an account, just go to or create your account here.

Office Hours and Pastors

The church office will remain open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.  The pastors and staff will be available as needed. Many of the pastors and staff are working from home.  They are available by e-mail.

Petra Counselors

Counselors will be meeting clients as scheduled, mostly through Zoom or by phone.

Food Bank - Emergency Food

For ELANCO residents and Petra attenders only - Please call the church office at 717-354-5394. Someone from the Food Bank will contact you for food pickup information.


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