Covid Updates

October 3, 2021 Update

Informed by the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and with approval from the Vestry, we have adopted the following procedures for worshiping, gathering and doing life together as a church. These procedures reflect updates made on October 3, 2021:

  • Following current CDC guidance (as of July 27, 2021), all people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors.
  • In an effort to maintain 6’ physical distance between households, every other pew will remain closed inside the sanctuary.
  • Communion in both kinds, bread and wine, is now being offered. Please sanitize your hands before approaching stations at the front, especially if you intend to receive the wine by intinction. We are offering the wine by intinction only at this time: after receiving the bread, step to the side to the minister with the chalice and dip your wafer in the wine, avoiding touching the wine with your fingers. If you do not wish to receive the wine, please know that our tradition teaches that Christ cannot be divided and all of the spiritual benefits of Communion are present in the bread alone.
  • If you test positive for Covid-19 after being on campus at St. John’s, we ask that you notify our rector Ripp Hardaway or senior warden Ann Amoroso so that we may take the appropriate steps to notify those potentially affected, while respecting your privacy.
  • If you are having any symptoms, please help safeguard our shared community by staying home and participating online.
  • We will not request to see proof of vaccination nor will we have a designated space for non-vaccinated people to sit. We trust that you will follow CDC recommendations and Diocesan guidelines to best honor yourself and your St. John’s family, especially children under 12 and others who are unable to be vaccinated.