In Person Worship

Update 5/19/21:  In-Person Worship Returns this Sunday 5/23/21 to St. John's Church for the Celebration of Pentecost!

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Dear People of Saint John's, 

I am overjoyed to report that beginning this Sunday May 23rd, in-person worship will resume!

Owing to this week's CDC report on the efficacy of the vaccines to not only protect against infection, but to also reduce the chances of viral transmission from persons fully vaccinated was a huge factor in this decision.   The latest research gives us sufficient confidence in our ability to return to in-person Sunday Worship.  We will also continue to YouTube stream and Zoom Sunday worship as we have the past 16 months.  Everyone worshipping in person will be required to wear a mask.  Read on for answers to some of the questions we thought you might have.

Grace, peace and joy!

Q. Do I need to make a reservation?
A. No.  Just come. 

Q. Can members and my family and I come if we aren't yet vaccinated?
A.  Absolutely!   We know that children are not yet able to be vaccinated, and some adults are not yet vaccinated.  We're setting up each  side of the Sanctuary to ensure that those who are not yet vaccinated are spaced safely apart from each other and those who have been vaccinated.

Q.  Will I have to show proof of vaccination?
A.  No, we're trusting folks to be truthful. You will have to declare whether or not you are fully vaccinated so that we can seat you safely. (Fully vaccinated means that 14 days have elapsed since your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer's vaccine, or your single dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. )

Q. If I'm vaccinated why do I have to wear a mask?
A.  Yes.  Facial masks must be  worn over the nose and mouth.  We are responsible for each other and each other's health and safety.  King County still has very high rates of infection, and children are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.   We're all going wear masks to ensure the highest standard of safety for all.    We're counting on each person to be responsible and follow these requirements.   If there is anyone who refuses to comply, Fr. Michael will stop worship until everyone is safe or will dismiss the congregation in the event that a safe environment can't be achieved.

Q. Will we be receiving Holy Communion?
A.  Yes.  For those of you who have not yet been vaccinated, we will administer Holy Communion to you first.  When you come to the Altar Rail you will find a small plastic covered container with a single communion wafer on a small table.  You will take one and return to your seat to consume the Sacrament.  You who have been vaccinated will receive a Communion wafer from Fr. Michael and Deacon Missy standing at the Altar Rail.  

Q.  Are their any requirements to attend.
A.  No.  You should determine your own threshold for taking risks with what remains to be a very dangerous virus. So, if you are immunocompromised you are urged to not attend, but you can come to church as you wish.  If you wake up feeling sick or have a fever, please stay home.

Q. How many services will be offered on Sundays?
A. One Sunday Liturgy of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am.

Q. How will the air be circulated?
A.  Our HVAC system is the most effective way for us to maximize the exchange of filtered fresh air.  

Additional helpful information...

-  The sharing of the Peace will be exchanged by bowing to one another.

-  There will not be an in-person or Zoom coffee hour this Sunday. 

-  After the service, please continue any conversations outdoors with appropriate spacing and masks on.

If you have questions that we didn't address in this notice, please email them to us here or to Fr. Michael Ryan directly at

- For more information about St John's Regathering & Covid-19 Mitigation Plan, please click here.