Building Safety and Public Health Guidelines
Updated and approved by the Vestry on June 14, 2021
The Vestry met and approved amendments to our Building Safety and Public Health Policies. As you’ll see, now that people are more and more vaccinated, we are easing most of our former policies:
- The attendance limits and registration process for Sunday morning services will be lifted.
- Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people. For anyone who is not vaccinated, including children, we strongly encourage the wearing of a mask/face covering whenever in the building. Masks will be made available.
- Please be considerate of others by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance.
- Fellowship time will be after church in the overflow room. A volunteer will serve the refreshments individually.
- The drinking fountain will not be available for use. Congregants can bring their own water bottle.
- For now, the nursery will not be staffed but will be available for parents, if needed. The service can be heard in the nursery.
- Hymnals and Bibles will be returned to the pews.
- Congregational singing will be reintroduced.
- Children will be invited to sit on the chancel for the Children’s Message.
- For now, instead of passing the offering plates, offering boxes will remain in the back of the sanctuary.
- The liturgist will read from a separate microphone and lectern so as to avoid having to share microphones.
- For communion, the pastor and servers will sanitize their hands. The pastor will hand out individual pieces of bread and servers will distribute cups of juice by placing them on a stand for congregants to pick up.
- If anyone has any announcements or prayer requests that they would like the Pastor to share, please email the Pastor ahead of time or write them in the notebook which will be provided in the back of the sanctuary. Also, if privacy is a consideration, remember, our services are now on the internet for all to see.
- For now, there will not be children’s church; children are encouraged to stay with their parents.
- Services will continue to be livestreamed.
- Hand Sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
- If an attendee tests positive for COVID19 within a two-week span after having attended a service, then all other attendees will be notified.
- Stay home if they are feeling bad, have a cough or fever.
- Stay home if anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Stay home if they have nasal congestion or scratchy throat.
- Stay home if they have a loss of taste or smell.
- Do notify the church immediately if you attend a service and then later test positive for COVID-19.