St John's Regathering &
Covid-19 Mitigation Plan
St John’s In-Person Worship - Sunday Holy Eucharist
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 opening starting Sunday, May 23rd at 9am for Holy Eucharist on Pentecost.
This and future Sunday services will be both in-person and streamed online. You may come if you are comfortable, regardless of vaccination status.
If you do not feel well, have a fever or any other potential Covid-19 symptoms, please worship online. If you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please worship online until it is safe to be around others.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
- For more information about St John's Regathering & Covid-19 Mitigation Plan, please click 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: