COVID Safety @ St. Paul’s
ST. PAUL’S COVID POLICY FALL 2021
UPDATED 24 SEPTEMBER 2021
Our practice from the beginning of the Pandemic has been to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health and to apply that guidance to the particular context of our church community. In light of the Delta variant and the high level of COVID infections in our region, the following guidelines were developed by the COVID regathering team for Fall 2021.
OUR GUIDING FRAMEWORK:
- We believe that worshiping in person at the church remains a vital part of the Christian life and also contributes to our social and emotional well-being. At the same time, we will do all we can to provide safeguards and alternatives for those with health concerns.
- Masking does provide a measure of self-protection, but the main reason for masking is to protect others, especially children and other vulnerable people, in our community when we may be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.
- For a healthy, vaccinated person, the chances of a “breakthrough infection” are still relatively low. For those who do experience a breakthrough infection, vaccination can significantly lessen the impact of the virus and prevent hospitalization.
- READ HERE for what to expect if you or someone at St. Paul’s experiences a positive COVID diagnosis after attending an activity at St. Paul’s.
- If you have received a positive COVID test within a week of attending worship or an event at St. Paul’s please contact the church at HERE.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES AT ST. PAUL’S:
- Any person (age 3 and up) is required to wear a mask when inside our church building;
- All teachers and leaders of children and students are vaccinated and required to wear masks in the classroom;
- All worship leaders must be vaccinated;
- Our HVAC system has been updated to the highest filtration system it can handle.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN CHURCH:
- Masks still required during the service;
- We encourage everyone to maintain a safe distance from people outside their household;
- Singing is allowed with masks (masks must be worn correctly – covering both the mouth and the nose).
- Contact-less communion (bread only);
- For those who need more space, Scott Hall in the Parish Building offers a live stream of the service;
- Please only attend worship and receive communion if you are healthy and non-symptomatic with COVID-19 or any other transmittable disease that could compromise the health of another congregant.
WORSHIP FROM HOME:
- We will continue to stream our Sunday worship services at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live and on our website.
BUILDING USE AND IN PERSON MEETINGS:
Additionally, we know that some of you are eager to return to in-person meetings. We also realize that some of you have found the ease of Zoom meetings a good and helpful thing. Currently, we are keeping all committee and ministry meetings virtual. Plans to regather for meetings at St. Paul’s will largely be determined by the staff persons leading your ministry area and other safety and staffing considerations.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers as we thoughtfully and safely enter this new season together online and in person!