Indoor Worship Protocol
In order to ensure that we are creating the safest environment possible as we come together for indoor worship, here are some of the precautions we're taking.
- Every person in attendance must wear a mask. Please plan to bring your own mask and extra hand sanitizer.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at each entrance.
- Family units will be directed on where to sit by our ushers and safety team members. Please follow their instructions. We will be placing everyone in a manner that should allow for 6' between families.
- Please know that all other buildings apart from the Sanctuary will remain closed at this time.
Here are some FAQ's to guide you on what to expect.
- Where do I sit? The pews will be marked off to help allow for social distancing a member of our safety team will lead you to a pew that is most appropriate for your party size.
- What if I forgot my mask? We will have some spare masks on hand just in case, but please try to remember your own.
- What other safety protocols should I expect? Please know that we will have safety team members checking temperatures as you enter the building. If you are running a fever, we will have to ask that you attend the service online. Additional details needed.
- How will we be taking the Eucharist? Communion will be offered "in one kind” (bread only). The Celebrant will give instructions.
- May I stay in the sanctuary to visit after the service? To help our safety team, please be prepared to exit the sanctuary promptly after service. We will be doing a quick clean of the sanctuary between each service and will need time to prepare for the next service.
- Should I wear a nametag? Yes! With everyone wearing masks, wearing a nametag will help your friends to recognize you and make it easier for new friends to learn your name. If you do not have a nametag yet and would like one, please reach out to Don at [email protected].
- Is the nursery open? Unfortunately, no. Due to the pandemic, we are encouraging family units to stay together and are not offering nursery services at this time.
- What will be available for me in the pews? There will be no informational materials, pencils, or Prayer Books in the pews to help assist with the ease of the sanitization process between services. Please know that all readings will be included in your bulletin.
- May I use the restroom? In an effort to keep the facilities safe and sanitized, the education building (Milton Hall, Perry Hall, and Bridger Building) will not be open and so the restrooms will be unavailable.
Borrowed from our very creative friends at Grace Cathedral in Charleston, SC:
As we welcome you back to public services, we invite you to look over these Ten Commandments for Public Worship. While presented in a humorous way, these guidelines are in place to keep all of our parishioners safe. This list will be printed in every bulletin, but you can find it here to give you an idea of what to expect when you return to worship at St. James!
The Ten Commandments for Public Worship
10. Thou shalt wear thy mask because thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
9. Thou shalt use hand sanitizer and adhere to social distancing rules.
8. Thou shalt arrive a little early to allow for the process of seating.
7. Thou shalt remain at the entrance of the sanctuary until greeted by an usher. Thou shalt not seat thyself.
6. An usher shall escort thee/thy family to a pew that is the appropriate size for thy party.
5. Thou shall enter no other buildings on campus apart from the Sanctuary.
4. Communion shall be distributed in front of the chancel steps as thou shalt follow communion instructions and thou shalt hold thy hands flat when receiving Communion.
3. Thou shalt exit promptly after the conclusion of the service one pew at a time allowing ample space and distance between parties.
2. Thou shalt visit with friends and neighbors outside of the sanctuary after the service.
1. When exiting the building thou shall take thy bulletin with thee.