COVID-19 Preparedness at St. John’s

Reopening Status

Changes to Sunday Morning Worship:
Beginning on July 18 we will offer the following worship services on Sunday mornings:
8am, Holy Eucharist Rite II held indoors in the Church
10am, Holy Eucharist Rite II held indoors in the Church and simultaneously livestreamed on our YouTube channel

Our New Gathering Protocols:
Below are links to the simplified protocols for indoor liturgy and activities moving forward. In addition, we are relaxing all outdoor protocols, offering instead some simplified guidance for safely and inclusively engaging in worship and community in outdoor spaces.

Practicing “Holy Assent”:
In all of this, as we navigate this late stage of the pandemic, recognizing it is not yet over and that there are many who as yet cannot be or are not yet vaccinated, we want to practice “holy assent” when reconnecting.

Before you enter another person’s physical space, ask permission. Don’t assume everyone is yet comfortable hugging or shaking hands or being in close proximity. Try asking “I am fully vaccinated and if you’re comfortable, I’d love to shake hands (or high five, or hug).”

The Importance of Vaccinations:
At every step of our reopening, we continue to focus on radical inclusivity and caring for one another. To make our gatherings safe for ALL parishioners, including those who cannot receive the vaccine, all eligible parishioners will be encouraged to get vaccinated.

Communications from the Rector

Hybrid Worship Begins July 18” – Blog from the Rector (July 16, 2021)

Indoor Worship Begins July 4” – Blog from the Rector (June 25, 2021)

Outdoor Gathering Protocols” – Letter from the Rector (April 29, 2021)

“Prayers, Crumbs, and Real Presence” – Blog from the Rector (August 10, 2020)

“Preparedness Plan Announcement” – Letter from the Rector (July 30, 2020)

“Reopening Plans, Part 2” – Letter from the Rector (July 14, 2020)

“We’re still here!” – Letter from the Rector (July 10, 2020)

“Reopening Task Force Announcement” – Letter from the Rector (May 15, 2020)

Stewardship during COVID

“Giving During COVID-19” – A page with information about supporting St. John’s financially during this pandemic as well as providing aid to others

Resources from the Diocese

ECMN Phases of Re-Gathering – This document outlines the phases Bishop Loya has laid out to guide parishes in the diocese in reopening as the pandemic unfolds. It includes appendices addressing various ministry topics. (Version 4, released February 11, 2021)

ECMN COVID-19 Response Page – This page gathers together all the resources, recommendations, and communications from the Episcopal Church in Minnesota about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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