COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS
Please take a moment to read the information below to familiarize yourself with the safety procedures and protocols we'll be following as we begin holding in-person worship.
As you read, please note:
- The requirements and guidelines that we follow are established by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. These guidelines are more strict than those established by our state and county government due to the age and health of our congregations.
- Always keep in mind that your comfort level with safety precautions during the pandemic may be less stringent than someone else’s in our congregation. We are following these protocols so that every person can feel as safe as possible at our services if they desire to come back to in-person worship. Remember the platinum rule: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.
- Most of these guidelines have been developed based on our pre-opening trials with the service in the Parish Hall.
- Guidelines for an outdoor service will be similar – just adapted to an outdoor setting in the shade of the trees. But please note: the outdoor service is a come-rain-or-shine service. There will be no back-up indoor space to relocate. Bring an umbrella, and if there is no threat of lightning or severe weather, the service will proceed
You will receive a paper bulletin when you arrive.
Attending A Service
- No nursery or childcare can be offered at this time.
- You are always required to wear a mask—from arrival to departure. This applies to both indoor and outdoor services. The only time a mask can be removed is when a person is leading liturgical prayers or Scriptures, or when one is consuming communion.
- The entry door is the north door into the Parish Hall.
- Upon arrival at the check-in table, we will need to record your attendance in the unlikely event contact tracing becomes necessary. We will take your temperature. It is vitally important if anyone contracts COVID in the week following their attendance that they contact the church office. This is not to embarrass you, but your willingness to report your illness might be the action that saves the life of someone else. No one’s name will ever be revealed if they advise us of contracting the virus after attending a service.
- Please use hand sanitizer upon arrival:
- Inside the church, touchless hand sanitizers are located inside the parish hall.
- For services outside, portable containers of hand sanitizer will be placed at the check-in table.
- We are required to maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others. It is for this reason that we have carefully placed seating for each service. Couples or families “in the same bubble” will be seated together.
- Due to the capacity restrictions and the needed advance planning for social distancing, “walk-ins” can be accommodated only to the vacancies.
- The ushers will be spraying down the seats between services.
If your financial situation has not been as negatively impacted, please consider increasing your giving in gratitude:
- There will be a touchless collection plate on a table as you go forward for communion. No plate will be passed.
- We encourage you to consider switching to electronic giving. You can do so online here: https://bit.ly/3hOKT9B. If you need assistance, the church office can instruct you how to set up electronic giving.
- We urge everyone to take care of their biological needs just prior to leaving home. Let “go before you go” be our mantra.
- There is one stall available in the men’s room and the handicapped bathroom will be used as the lady’s room.
Communion will be a little different. We cannot offer the consecrated wine, but please note that receiving the consecrated bread but not the wine is still receiving the complete grace offered in the sacrament:
- After the prayer of consecration, Rev. Cori will come to the front of the altar and wait for you to come forward.
- The ushers will direct each individual towards the front, working from side to side, who will then approach one-by-one (single file) to receive.
- The bread will be given without words.
- Please maintain the six feet separation as you come up the main aisle.
- After you have returned to your seat, I will return to the altar and say the words, “The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven” at which time we will all consume the bread.
At the end of the service, the ushers will dismiss the congregation by rows beginning at the back of the church.
Currently, we are not able to have a coffee hour in person, but I will continue my digital get-togethers at 11:15 on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 588 250 3680