Dear friends in Christ,

As you know, eight weeks ago we revised our Coronavirus protocols in response to the surge in virus cases over late summer. Our goal continues to be to offer as safe a campus environment as possible through reasonable recommendations. As we all know there is a strong diversity of opinion about such recommendations, both here at church and all over. We are so very grateful for your understanding and patience. We are also proud of the way our congregation has adjusted and accepted, with much grace, our safety protocols.

While we are thankful to God for the encouraging data on declining COVID cases, this virus is likely to be with us to some degree well into the future and we will likely be navigating appropriate safety measures on campus for some time to come. It is important to stress again that we all have personal responsibility for our own health choices as well as how our choices may affect others.

Your vestry leadership recently engaged in fruitful and thoughtful discussion on our protocols, and we reached a strong consensus on the updated protocols listed below.

Thank you again for your care and compassion in these challenging days for churches and our culture. Along with prayers for wisdom, we continue to pray for robust signs of fruits of the Spirit among us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). May such spiritual fruit not only shape our response to the virus but also this important new season in our parish life.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill, Rector
Larry Lawyer, Senior Warden

Our COVID-19 Guidelines
  • Wearing masks is highly encouraged for unvaccinated attendees (children ages 2 - adult) during worship services as well as in all other indoor ministries and activities. Those who may be uncomfortable not wearing a mask for any reason, even if fully vaccinated, are encouraged to wear one while indoors.
  • Fully-vaccinated attendees may choose not to wear a mask while on campus but do so at their own risk.
  • Temporarily, we will reserve designated spaces in the church nave (the East Bay) and the Hall Life Center where for congregants who wish to remain socially distanced and masked. During these services, we will offer a childcare option for families who prefer for their children (ages 2 years – Kindergarten) to be in an environment where masks are required.
  • Mask policy for Children’s Sunday School: As parents decide on the best practices for protecting their families from Covid-19, we recommend that you consider the most recent guidelines set forth by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics when making your decision.
  • Our children’s ministry staff and nursery staff are fully vaccinated. For the safety of your family, our nursery staff will wear masks when working with children under age 3 while staffing special childcare environments where masks are required. We will continue to do our best by observing social distancing using a small group model, hand washing, and displaying genuine care for one another. We are committed to respecting all families and their decisions to keep their children healthy. Please contact Deanna Lawson, Director of Children’s Ministry, with special needs and concerns, or for support in identifying your family’s worship and faith formation needs.
  • When you are ill, traveling, or not attending in person for any reason, we encourage you to join us online for worship, Sunday school opportunities, and other offerings that help you to remain connected to our life together in Christ. See our website at www.sjd.org and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
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