St. John’s is Reopening
WELCOME BACK It is a pleasure to announce that The Reopening Committee, Father Mark, and our vestry have agreed that St. John’s will reopen for Sunday worship services beginning Sunday, June 20th at 10 A.M.
Please note that we understand this pandemic is not over and there need to be protocols and procedures in place in an attempt to safely return to worship services. These should be viewed as transitional procedures that are subject to change (either direction) as the situation dictates. We are all in this together and it is important to remember we all need to be flexible, patient, and respectful with each other.
We believe this plan will provide enough options to meet the needs of all of our parishioners regardless of their comfort level. We will continue to live stream the 10:00 service followed by distribution of the communion cups (weather permitting). The 8:00 service will continue to be held outside in the Memorial Garden. (In the event of bad weather, the service will be moved inside where it will follow the guidelines established for the 10:00 service.) The 10:00 services will be held in the church utilizing the procedures listed below:
- Face masks must be worn at all times. Hand sanitizer is available as you enter. We encourage you to use it.
- Please stay socially distant while entering and exiting the church.
- On the pulpit side of the church, alternating rows have been roped off and we ask people to maintain six feet in the center, to provide a more structured, socially distant seating arrangement.
- There are no restrictions on the Lectern side but we ask that people distance themselves as best they can and of course respect the comfort level of others. People who have been fully vaccinated, may sit wherever they like on the lectern (right) side of the sanctuary, staying as socially distant as is practical. If you would like, please sit on the pulpit (left) side of the sanctuary, as it will be blocked off appropriately.
We realize that this means you may not be able to sit in your usual pew and this change alone will require extra forbearance but remember, we are all in this together.
- As long as everyone is masked, singing and customary responses by the congregation are encouraged.
- We will not be “passing the peace”, except within your own “pod/family.”
- Offering plates will not be passed through the pews but you can place your envelope in the offering plate as you enter or exit the sanctuary. You can of course continue to mail your pledgeto the office as you have been all along.
- Readers may continue to record their readings at home and send them in as currently done or may read from the lectern. Please remain masked while walking up and back.
- The ushers will direct you when it’s time for Communion. We will only be offering bread (including gluten free) and Father Mark will drop a wafer or bread into your hands at the center aisle. (We will not be using the altar rail.) Please bring the wafer back to your pew using the side aisle, get to your seat, remove your mask to consume it, and then remask. Communion cups will continue to be available in the parking lot after the 10 A.M. service.
- Please remember this service is “live on the air,” so be sure all cell phones are turned off.
Once again these are temporary procedures and like everything else in the pandemic, we will try then learn then adjust and then try, learn, and adjust again.
Please contact any member of the vestry if you have any questions.
Thank you to the Reopening Committee for their time and wisdom: Andy Halpryn, Sue Douglass, Maria Evans, Jim Simon, Steve Filipek, Kimmie Farrell, PaulBrown, Bill Gutzmer, and Bill Francis (chair).