Dear St. John Members and Guests:
In addition to our livestreamed worship online, we will offer in-person worship at St. John UMC at 11am beginning Easter Sunday, April 4. It will be great to worship together again in our beautiful sanctuary. However, your health remains our greatest concern. For this reason, we will continue to monitor Covid-19 case numbers and trends for our tri-county area and communicate any changes to our plan. If you are in an at-risk category, we encourage you to stay home and continue to watch our worship online. If you have received a vaccine and/or feel comfortable gathering inside, we invite you to follow the guidelines below and reserve a space in the sanctuary. Reservation form (available on each Sunday afternoon for the next Sunday’s worship)
To prepare for reopening:
- We have already installed UV lights and higher-rated filters in our Sanctuary air system. This will clean the recirculated air of virus.
- We have removed commonly touched items such as Bibles, hymnals, and pew cards from the pews.
- We will have a reservation system to better plan for your safe spacing in the sanctuary.
- We will only begin with worship services to prevent prolonged exposure. Sunday Schools will resume in Phase 2.
We have done our part to implement stronger cleaning and planning. We ask that you do your part in following these protocols when we resume worship at 736 Greene Street:
- Wear a mask covering both nose and mouth at all times. If you do not have one, we will have some available.
- Use the new touchless hand sanitizers as you enter and leave the building.
- You will be escorted into the Sanctuary by the ushers before worship and escorted out by the ushers at the conclusion of the service. Both Greene St. and Telfair St. entrances will be available based on your needs. The entrance from the parking lot at Telfair St. is handicap accessible.
- The other parts of the building will not be open, but there will be limited access to bathrooms. The nursery open date has yet to be determined.
- There will be no congregational singing. Although hymn texts will be printed in the bulletin, we ask you to silently meditate on the hymn as the soloist sings.
- Dispose of any personal trash (bulletins, etc) as you leave the building.
- Please maintain 6 feet of social distancing between your family group and others from the time you leave your car until you return to your car.
- Distanced fellowship is encouraged outside after the service.
- And, of course, most importantly, monitor yourself for fever, cough or shortness of breath before deciding to come to worship. If you have recently been sick or diagnosed with Covid-19, follow CDC guidelines for the recommended quarantine period. We will still livestream the service for you to participate at home.