UPDATED MON 4/26/21 9:55 AM CDT (R)
IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS GROWING!
WE'RE NOW AT 50% CAPACITY
While we're now able to have MANY more (200!) joining together in the Church for worship, we'll still need a head-count to make sure we don't go over the 50%. Click on your service of choice below to make your reservation--we've simplified the process to make it as easy as possible! To learn about all the new aspects of this latest step in our journey back to "fully open", see the NEW GUIDELINES, below!
If you have any questions, please email Vice Rector Ken Brannon.
Occupancy for all rooms on the SMAA campus will increase to 50%, even if that results in less than 6 feet distance between individuals. Our Operations Department is determining what this means for each room and will post these numbers. In terms of the main sanctuary, this means that up to 200 people may attend worship, in addition to worship leaders and volunteers. This works out to five people per pew, but households with more than five people may sit together in one pew. While a simple registration process will still be required for Sunday morning services, seats will no longer be assigned. The new, easier-to-use registration system is live now and can be accessed using the red buttons above. We will continue to livestream our major Sunday morning services for the foreseeable future.
Masks will still be required indoors, except for small groups where everyone is fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after the final dose). We are not defining small groups, because that is at the discretion of the group leader. If anyone in the room is unvaccinated, or vaccination status is unclear, everyone should keep their masks on. Outdoors, masks are only required when going to and from your seat or standing close to others. Once you are at your seat outdoors, you may remove your mask.
Congregational singing will be permitted indoors, as long as masks are worn (with certain exceptions for worship leaders). Outdoors, unmasked singing is fine while you are at your seat.
COMING FORWARD TO RECEIVE COMMUNION
Worshippers may receive Communion from fully vaccinated priests up front. While envelopes with wafers will still be available at the entrance for those wishing to receive Communion at their seats, everyone else is invited to come forward to receive the bread (no common cup yet). Just wear your mask until you reach the priest, remove your mask to take Communion, and put your mask back on before returning to your seat. Distribution of Communion in Saint Michael Chapel at 12:15 p.m. will be phased out after Sunday, May 16.
OTHER WORSHIP INFORMATION
We will still avoid physical contact at the peace, passing the offering plate (offertory baskets will be available outside), and presenting the gifts from the back of the church. Also, worshippers are encouraged to move outdoors immediately after the service and not congregate inside.
ENTRANCES & EXITS
The main campus entrance for Sunday worship will continue to be the school entrance on the west side of the building (the north entrance is closed due to imminent construction). Those who can’t walk that far due to physical disability may enter through the south entrance. Greeters will be available at both entrances. Clergy, staff, and worship volunteers should continue to enter through the south entrance. Leadership prayer moments before the services will take place in the Parlor.
Answering and signing a COVID-19 questionnaire will no longer be necessary for individuals entering the campus. During the week, visitors without a nametag should stop at the reception desk to get a temporary nametag.
BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS, & FUNERALS
These services may resume in consultation with the Worship and Liturgy Department following the guidelines listed above. To avoid conflicts with other regular activities and to permit sufficient cleaning, these services may be limited to certain days and times.
Safety is still paramount: wear your masks (except as indicated above), don’t come in if you are sick, maintain physical distance to the degree possible, and wash your hands.
If you have any questions, please email the Rev. Ken Brannon, Vice Rector.