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Reopening

Reopening St. Michael's

A Message from the Rector

The Reopening committee of the Worship Task Force recommends that St. Michael’s reopen for LIMITED public worship on Sunday, June 7, unless pandemic conditions worsen.

St. Michael's Parishioner Guide to Reopening - posted May 26, 2020

The Guidelines for reopening the church for worship have been based upon the Diocesan guidelines issued by the Bishop, as well as the recommendations from the CDC and federal and local governments. All of them are focused on minimizing close physical interactions and the transmission of droplets.
THESE ARE NOT SUGGESTIONS.  
 
Please do NOT come to church if you have a fever, feel ill, or have been in recent contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
 
The service will be available online.
  • Praise the Lord! St. Michael’s will reopen for Phase I on Sunday, June 7. We will have services in the Sanctuary at 8:00 am and 10:30 am only.
  • St. Michael’s will be open for Sunday services only. The Belser Building will be open during the services for access to the restrooms. All other campus facilities remain closed.
  • Everyone is welcome. The elderly and chronically ill should check with their physicians about attending public service
  • Please do not attend if ill, have a severe cough, or have fever
  • Each service will be limited to 25% seating capacity (< 150 people) Please consider attending the 8:00 am service, which should be less crowded.      
  • You must wear your own mask to the service. All clergy, ushers, acolytes, and members of the congregation must be masked, per the protocol from Bishop Lawrence. Masks are not optional.
  • Bring your own Bible – no books will be in your pews  
  • Bulletins will be in the pew
  • Sanitize your hands before entering the church with the provided hand sanitizers. Entrance will only be through the center narthex.
  • Ushers will seat parishioners in designated pews from the front of the church to rear – please sit in your designated pew. We realize this will be difficult for many of us. Nearly half of the pews will not be available for seating. The open pews were chosen to maintain at least the minimum 6-foot distance. 
  • There will be no seating available in the balcony
  • The congregation will not sing – only the choir in the balcony will sing
  • Clergy will wear masks except when speaking
  • We will use the Morning Prayer service (approximately 1 hour)
  • There is no communion
  • Exiting will be led by ushers from the rear of the church to the front – respect the 6 foot distancing, please. Please do not exit your pew until the usher has opened your pew door. All three doors will be open for exit.
  • You may take the bulletin home with you
  • Sanitize hands before leaving the church with the provided hand sanitizers
  • No shaking hands, hugging, or touching please
  • Clergy will be stationed throughout the Church Yard after the service for greetings. Please do not congregate under the portico after the service.
  • Maintain social distancing (of a minimum of 6 feet) at all times

Thank you for abiding by these guidelines.

We are looking forward to seeing you in church!

The Worship Task Force created a Reopening Task Force to evaluate reopening guidelines and to make recommendations on how we should proceed. The health and welfare of all of our parishioners are the top priority of the task force. The Bishop has detailed guidelines for diocesan churches to follow upon reopening. These guidelines go into effect on May 17, though no church is compelled to open at that time.  

After studying federal, state, and local guidelines, as well as the information from the Bishop, the Reopening Task Force has recommended that St. Michael’s will not be reopening in the immediate future. Current statistics show that Charleston is currently experiencing a plateau, where new cases of COVID-19 are being added every day, at about the same rate. Until Charleston experiences a daily DECREASE in new cases for a two-week period, St. Michael’s will remain closed.

Please continue to watch the Sunday service videos, available each week on our website www.stmichaelschurch.net. You can also participate in our Sunday School classes, the Heaven series on Wednesdays, and midday prayers each weekday. Though we may be physically apart, we continue to be spiritually together!

Message from the Rector, May 7, 2020

The Big Question
 
Naturally, the question all of us are asking is: When will the church open her doors again? That answer has to come from Bishop Mark Lawrence with a recommendation from THE ST. MICHAEL’S REOPENING TASK FORCE. That Reopening task force is chaired by Dr. Jerry Reves and is studying every aspect of what it looks like to bring everyone back in complete safety.
 
Right now the Bishop has given permission for churches in the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina to start reopening on Sunday, May 17. That doesn’t mean that all churches have to or will by then. Bishop Lawrence is requiring that churches that do, provide a reopening protocol to the Bishop by Monday May 11. As of this writing, the St. Michael’s Reopening Task Force is creating our protocol and will make a recommendation to the Rector and Vestry as to when we should re-open.

In the meantime, our Annual Meeting/Festival of Faith has been re–scheduled from May 17 to May 31st…Pentecost. The church may or may not be open by then. Regardless, our vestry is chiefly concerned about the health and safety of every St. Michaelite, and therefore we will do our annual meeting virtually through zoom.

At our annual meeting we will review vision and mission progress and of course elect vestry members and convention delegates.
  • Every one of you matters
  • and we want everyone to participate.
So, Sunday, May 31st, Pentecost at 1pm over zoom. An email is coming out this week with all the details of that meeting; how we will vote AND biographical sketches for our leadership elections.