St John's Regathering &

Covid-19 Mitigation Plan

We will be offering safe gathering in person worship starting Saturday, April 3rd for Easter Vigil. 

To request in-person attendance, please submit your contact information here.

St John’s Trial of In-Person Worship for Easter

In light of recent progress that has been made in the fight against the coronavirus and both the State of Washington's and the Diocese of Olympia's revised guidelines for places of worship, St. John's is planning a staged  “trial” reopening of alternating in-person and streamed worship services for April.  This will give us an opportunity to try-out and assess the feasibility and safety of in-person worship on alternating weeks so that after each we can review what worked and what didn’t.  This also gives us time to monitor the nationwide effectiveness of vaccines against emerging and more transmissible strains of COVID-19.

 

The first celebration of in-person worship will take place at the Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Here is the schedule for our two in-person services on Easter Eve and Easter Day and for the Sundays in April. All in person attendance must be reserved ahead of time. Reservation will be required in order to enter the church.

 

Holy Saturday 4/3/21

Easter Vigil - Holy Eucharist is at 8:00 pm in the main worship space with a limit of 46 people. 

(In-Person, but NOT streamed)

 

Easter Sunday 4/4/21

The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ - Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am in the main worship space with a limit of 46 people.  

(In-Person AND streamed)

How will this initial reopening stage work?

 

Under the Governor’s phased in reopening plan, next week King County will enter the 3rd of 4 stages of reopening.   Under the Diocese of Olympia’s reopening plan, which mirrors the State of Washington’s plan, we will be permitted to allow no more than 50 people attend any given in-person worship service.   We are in the process of setting up an online-reservation system and a telephone outreach system for people whom we know are not connected to the internet.   Reservations will be required.

 

 

What will worship be like?

 

We are by no means back to normal. First there is the reservation system.  No one can attend Sunday Holy Eucharist who has not made a reservation and reviewed and signed a health and compliance agreement.  Everyone will be masked and seats will be assigned to assure safe social distancing.  There will be music but no singing.  Singing continues to be the most dangerous things we can do as a gathered people.  At no time will you be closer than 6 feet from another person who is not in your household.  Holy Eucharist will be celebrated and communion bread, but not wine, will be administered.  There will not be an opportunity to socialize either in the church building or on our site.

 

What will I need to know and do to attend in-person worship?

 

The details of what you will need to know and do to attend worship will be spelled out in the documents you will be required to review and sign during the reservation process.  You will also have access to our detailed reopening plan which will be posted on our website.   We can also mail you a hard copy of the plan if you would like.  That can be done by contacting Marcia Crewdson at the office.  (St. John’s Offices will remain closed until further notice.)

 

Perhaps the most important thing you can keep at the front of your mind is that in person worship entails serious risk.   First, vaccines are no more than 90% effective against the common strain of the corona virus.  So you have a 1 in 10 chance to contracting COVID-19 even after you’ve been vaccinated.   This does not account for emerging strains who may or may not respond to vaccines.   People who have been vaccinated can pose the greatest danger to spreading the virus.  There is a widely held misconception that needs to be addressed, namely, that people who have been vaccinated pose no risk of transmitting the coronavirus.    Your being vaccinated makes you no less of a danger to one who has not been vaccinated.  Since we are not requiring a vaccination to attend worship, we are all taking on the responsibility for each others health and safety.

 

 

Anything else I need to know right now?

 

Yes.  There is a detailed reopening plan that will answer many of the questions that have not been addressed in this announcement.   We are awaiting final approval of our plan from the Diocese.  We do not anticipate that there will be any issues.  Please contact us with any questions here:

Anything else I need to know right now?

 

Yes.  There is a detailed reopening plan that will answer many of the questions that have not been addressed in this announcement.   We are awaiting final approval of our plan from the Diocese.  We do not anticipate that there will be any issues.  Please contact us with any questions here:

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