Reopening St. Michael's
St. Michael's Parishioner Guide to Reopening
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. Recordings of the livestreamed services are always available through our website, and on our YouTube channel.
- Praise the Lord! St. Michael’s is offering three worship services! We start with an in-person Holy Communion service at 7:30 am. The Contemporary service with the Praise Band begins at 9:00 am, and is available in-person and on livestream. The Traditional service with Organ, Choir, & Brass begins at 11:00 am, and is available in-person and on livestream.
- We have two Adult Sunday School classes. The lecture-based class with the Rev. Bill Hyer meets at 10:00 am in the Chapel, and is also available on Zoom. The discussion-based class with the Rev. David Booman and Lori Moore meets at 10:00 am on Zoom.
- The Youth Sunday School (6th-12th grades) meets at 10:00 am in the Rectory Yard (or the Buyck Chapel in inclement weather).
- Confirmation class meets at 10:00 am in the Sosnowski Garden, or in Room 201 in inclement weather.
- Children’s Sunday School is available via video.
- St. Michael’s will be open for Sunday services only. The Belser Building will be open for Sunday School and 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)
- 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.
- We will be checking temperatures before you enter the church.
- 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.
- Balcony seating will be available once the downstairs pews are at capacity.
- The congregation CAN sing – but you must keep your mask on while singing
- Clergy will wear masks except when speaking
- 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!