FOUNDATION

Do no harm.

Do good.

Stay in love with God.

Because of our belief of “Do No Harm,” our protocol extends to all who enter the campus buildings, no exceptions. Please be respectful of others and take personal responsibility in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Take a moment to review, understand and agree to our protocol and terms.

A Note from Our Task Force On Re-opening

We are excited to announce “in-person” worship will return to the Sanctuary on Sunday, November 1, 2020!

We will offer ONE “in-person” service: 11 AM (traditional) at this time. The 9 AM (contemporary) service will be streamed via YouTube and return to “in-person” worship on Sunday, November 29, 2020!

We are looking forward to being back together in worship. We want you to know that you and your family’s safety is our priority. These new worship opportunities emerge from the strategic re-opening plan the Task Force has been working on for months. We appreciate your patience as we have worked through different options for returning to in-person worship. Please know that we miss gathering with our SJUMC family, but want to make sure we can do so in a safe way! We have gone to great lengths to make sure your worship experience is both safe and fulfilling. In order to keep people safe, here is what you can expect when you arrive.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP

Due to limited capacity seating, registration will be required for all persons wishing to attend worship. The full details are listed below. Each Sunday, we will open the registration for the upcoming Sunday’s worship service the links to the registration will be provided in the Friday Opportunities Email. For those who do not have the ability to register electronically, your reservation can be secured by calling the church office.

If you find capacity has been reached, please be sure to add your name to the waitlist so we can determine interest for additional services in the future.

Continue to enjoy our online offerings as we work toward more in-person experiences.

REGISTRATION

Registration is required for in-person worship attendance.

Online Registration will open the Sunday before at 3:00 pm and close when capacity is full.

Please bring your registration confirmation with you – either printed or digital.

Greeters will confirm your registration as you enter the building from Elizabeth Ave.

If you have questions or would like to help with registration, please contact David Surrett.

ARRIVAL

The Sanctuary will open at 10:30 AM if you would like to arrive early.  Please allow for extra time and arrive early to avoid waiting in line.

All parking lots will be open, but we suggest attendees park in the lot off Elizabeth Lane.

Please enter through the main lobby doors of the Elizabeth Lane parking lot. The White Street entrance at the Porte cochère will be available for inclement weather drop-off only.

As you enter, a volunteer will take your temperature and registration, then direct you toward the Sanctuary. Social distancing guidelines of 6-foot spacing should be maintained while inside the building.

Elevators will be available for those unable to navigate stairs. At this time, only members of the same family living under the same roof will be allowed to ride the elevators together.

Please bring masks for yourself and all family members. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided. Masks must be worn inside at all times per safety protocol.

Dispose of any food or beverages before entering the building. No outside food or beverage is permitted in the building at this time.

Individuals who require supplemental peritoneal nutrition, medically necessary hydration support, or nursing mothers are exempt from disposing of outside nutrition.

IN WORSHIP

Ushers will greet you at the Sanctuary doors and guide you to available seating in the main section of the Sanctuary.  No reserved seating or preference of pews will be available at this time. 

Seating will be appropriately distanced.  Family units living under the same roof will be allowed to sit with one another.

Seating will be from front to back.

The Annex and both balconies are closed at this time.

Hearing devices are available for the hearing impaired.  Please ask an Usher for one should you need assistance during worship.

If you leave the Sanctuary during worship, please do so by exiting through the Annex door.  Re-admittance to the worship service will not be permitted due to safety protocol.  However, you may continue to enjoy the worship service in the main lobby by watching the LIVE feed on the television monitors.

Hymnals, Bibles and pew cards have been removed at this time. All worship information will be listed in the bulletin.

Please refrain from familiar contact (NO handshakes, fist-bumping, or hugging) at this time.

Bulletins will be distributed by an Usher as you are seated in a pew.

A digital bulletin will be available here: stjohnsrh.org .

Offering plates will be available at the Sanctuary doors at entry and exit points, or you may give online by using this link stjohnsrhgives  or by texting stjohnsrhgive to 77977. You may also mail in or drop off your offering by the church office during regular business hours

For the first few weeks of in-person worship, we will NOT offer childcare

All children, however, are welcome to attend worship with their families.

“Take Home” Worship Welcome bags will be provided for children – with children’s bulletin, crayons, pencil, notepad, etc…

Please plan to register your child just as you would register yourself as we re-open.

Children must be supervised at all times while on campus.

Restrooms on the 2nd floor of the Main Lobby, nearest the Sanctuary, will be open for use. Family restrooms are also available.

Water Fountains throughout the campus ARE NOT in use at this time. Bottled water is available.  Please ask an Usher for a bottle if you become dehydrated.

Ushers will guide exiting pew by pew once the postlude begins.

Dismissal will be from front to back.

Please remain seated until an Usher dismisses your pew.

Please exit the building through the Annex doors to the Main Lobby, maintaining social distancing at all times.

RESTRICTIONS

If you are considered high-risk under CDC guidelines (ex: over the age of 65, compromised immune system), we recommend worshiping online from the comfort of your home.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed on the CDC website or you are a known positive case, please worship from home.

If anyone in your home has been diagnosed with COVID within the past 14 days, is quarantining at home due to a COVID exposure or is experiencing any of the symptoms listed on the CDC website, please worship from home.