Reopening St. Michael's
St. Michael’s will regather for in-person worship
beginning Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 10:30 am in the church.
We will still be offering online worship each Sunday via livestream,
along with online Sunday School.
Please check our website under Worship Online for more information.
St. Michael’s will return to in-person worship on Sunday, August 30.
We will have one service, at 10:30 am in the church. Masks will be required. We will maintain social distancing as we did before, with some of the pews blocked off for seating. Please bring your own bible with you, as there are none in the pews. Please use hand sanitizer both before and after the service. We want us all to stay safe and healthy!
Nervous about coming back to church? No worries! You can still watch us at home via livestream. Instead of a recorded video, you will be watching the service as it happens! How, do you ask? Simple! We will send you a link for the service, just like we have done for the video. Just click on the link anytime after 10:15 am, and sit back and watch the service. The service will be recorded, just like before, so you can also watch it later, if needed.
Adult Sunday School will also begin meeting on campus on Sunday, August 30. The adult class will meet at 9:15 am in the Chapel. You will need to wear your mask, and maintain social distancing. After Sunday School, you can go straight into church! Uncomfortable in larger groups? You can watch via Zoom, just like you do now!
Since this is a phased reopening, Children’s Sunday School will still be via video, and the youth will be meeting via Zoom.
NEW SUNDAY EVENING GATHERING!
Sundays, 5:00 5:50 pm, September 13 – November 22
In history, there are times when God’s people are gathered and times when we are scattered. The scattered church is called a diaspora. We are in a diaspora of sorts. We didn’t see it coming and do not know how long it will last. In Hebrews 10:25, we are taught not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together but to encourage one another — especially as we see the day approaching.
So What are Lowcountry Vespers?
They are small, neighborhood based backyard, garden, drive-way… gatherings to:
- meet your neighborhood St. Michaelites
- be obedient to scripture and encourage one another
- refresh the Holy Sprit’s flow between us
- grow God’s Kingdom on earth by inviting others to join us for vespers
- learn God’s Word so we can “rightly divide truth” amidst the complexities of our day
- experience the church small and local during these unprecedented times
Typical Vesper Gathering
- BYOBBBC – Bring Your Own Bible, Beverage, Blanket or Chair. Don’t forget your mask!!
- Place chairs in a socially distanced manner in the host’s yard.
- Open with Prayer
- Read a Passage of Scripture
- Talk about the Passage
- Answer 2-3 questions regarding the passage
- Ask the Children to share one thing they learned this week or made this week….
- Close in Prayer Air hug and go home.
So where are these podz?
Downtown: Gene Massimillo, 133 Tradd Street
West Ashley: Michael Lalich, 1422 Sasanqua Lane
James Island: Joe & Liz Good, 1581 Fairway Drive
John’s Island: Melanie Steele, 4020 Betsy Kerrison Parkway
Mt Pleasant: Anne & Jed Kelley, 44 Jane Jacobs Street
IOP & Sullivans Isl: Wade & Eunice Logan, 2614 Atlantic Avenue, Sullivan’s Island
You will need to sign up for your preferred pod, since we will be limiting the number of folks per pod, to ensure safe social distancing. Reserve your spot now on SignUp Genius!
St. Michael's Parishioner Guide to Reopening
- Praise the Lord! St. Michael’s will regather for Sunday worship beginning Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 10:30 am.
- Adult Sunday School will meet in the Chapel AND via Zoom, at 9:15 – 10:15 am.
- 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!