Our Updated COVID-19 Protocols

Dear Parish Family,

In response to the recent release of new guidelines by the CDC and the new diocesan guidelines approved by our Bishop, St. John the Divine has these updated COVID-19 protocols:

General protocols:

  • We will no longer require reservations or sign-ins for our worship services
  • We will no longer require anyone to wear a mask outdoors on our campus
  • We will resume receiving the sacrament of communion at the altar rail in the Church and Chapel services without requiring social distancing
  • For the sake of others, we request that people not in the same family remain three feet apart when standing in line for communion
  • We will continue to offer wine only by intinction for the time being
  • We suggest you stand a few feet back from the rail if you prefer to be socially distanced while receiving communion
  • We will no longer have restrictions on the number of people in worship and in other rooms on campus, except for capacity limits set by the fire code.

Protocols for the fully vaccinated:

  • You are no longer required to wear a mask anywhere on our campus
  • You may sing in services without a mask. This includes vaccinated musicians and choir members.

Protocols for the unvaccinated

  • We strongly recommend that everyone who is not fully vaccinated wear a mask inside our buildings in accordance with the CDC and diocesan guidelines. This includes children over the age of 2, while we support our parents in making wise decisions on behalf of their unvaccinated children.

Because some will need to continue to wear masks and physically distance for important health reasons, we are setting aside worship spaces with socially distanced seating. If at any time you feel a need for more social distancing, please reach out to an usher, who will gladly help accommodate you.

  • Chapel: the balcony and front rows
  • Church: the upper balcony, front rows, and East Bay
  • Hall Life Center: the HLC will have plenty of spaces available for socially distanced seating. 

Of course, we are not able to guarantee a COVID-free environment, and everyone on campus is responsible to observe protocols and bear any risks. Remember that we will continue to offer Sunday worship online via our live-streamed services.

It will take some time for people to read about and understand these changes. Please be courteous and patient with one another as we move into this new phase with much more freedom in our spaces. Let us not fail to give thanks to God for such progress in the fight against the pandemic, as we continue to pray for those in much more perilous places around the world.

Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill

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