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About Limited In-Person Services

LIMITED IN-PERSON WORSHIP
With the advice of the Vestry, I am delighted to announce that we will begin Sunday in-person worship again at St. John’s Parish Hall. Our first service will be on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, at 10:00 AM. Feel free to wear red for this celebration of the birth of the Church.

And going forward, worship will be on Sundays at 10:00 AM. We will gather for simple Morning Prayer Services composed of readings, a brief reflection, the Prayers of the People, and the sharing of the Peace. The services will be 30-40 minutes long. Like you, I am looking for the blessings of worshiping together.
All in attendance who are more than two years old must be masked for the entire time you are at the service – no exceptions because masks are for others’ safety, not primarily your own. All in attendance must wear masks throughout the time you are in our building.

Fifty people will be able to register in advance during the week previous to the event. We know that the idea of registration and limited attendance feels awkward when it comes to church events. We know this could leave some people out of participating. However, given the current conditions of the pandemic, we find ourselves having to set strict guidelines for protection. We ask that you cooperate with and respect the requirements for participation. If there’s not room at a particular Sunday’s service, please look for another opportunity to attend.

You must make a reservation to attend an in-person service as attendance at our services is limited. Our planning has followed the requirements of The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and the Office of the Governor. Please know that we will continue to offer online worship as we have for the past year.

LIMITED IN-PERSON WORSHIP REGISTRATION:
The reservation link will be available on the church’s website, on the main page.
– You can also register during the same time-frame by phone, 360-568-4622.
– Registration includes signing a waiver and agreeing to safety protocols. All records of
attendance, releases, and questionnaires will be confidential but will be kept for some time after each event as directed by the Rector and accessed specifically for contact tracing or notices should the need arise.
– We will continue with the Sunday-to-Friday reservation period for each Sunday service.

Registration helps prevent us maintain social distancing and keeps us from exceeding capacity or needing to turn anyone away at the door for capacity reasons.You are a full participant in the life of our community if you choose to continue participating with us online.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IN-PERSON IF:
– You are not feeling well
– You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
– You have any of these symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty
breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please protect yourself and others by staying home.

DURING THE SERVICE:
– There will be a hard copy of the service leaflet for you.
– You will be asked not to stray from your assigned spot to maintain six feet of safe social
distancing and to facilitate contact tracing should the need arise.
– We will share the Peace with a bow or nod – no physical contact outside your family group.
– There will not be Communion at the services for now.
At dismissal, you will be asked to leave in an orderly fashion guided by Hospitality Minister/Usher and not linger. There is no in-person fellowship time/coffee hour or any other programming after the service.
The experience of the pandemic has taught us to be flexible and adaptable. We will gather knowing that these services are not equivalent to a copy of the regular services we are used to participating in at the Nave. However, we will come together with the firm conviction that God is present in our midst, calling us to community and that the Spirit is still speaking to us. The Holy Spirit is untamable. She wildly moves in our lives.
I ask your patience, understanding, grace, and your prayers as we move into these new experiences in our congregational life. We will learn as we go and adapt accordingly.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the Senior Wardens, Jackie Grove, and Chris Bee Kenagy, if you have any questions or concerns about the in-person services.

In Christ,
The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz, Rector

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