Current Phase Status:

PHASE 3

(effective as of November 7, 2021 until further notice)

 

 
 

Phase 3 Practices

 

Facilities

  • Spacing: marked as needed with ropes or signs
  • Sanctuary capacity: 120
  • Bathrooms: open for use, cleaned weekly
  • Other cleaning: weekly
  • Vestry & other church meetings: outdoors or indoors with masks
  • St. Martin’s Chapel: used at discretion of the staff
 

Individual

  • Wellness: attendees should self-assess and stay home if symptoms occur or if exposed to an ill person
  • Vulnerable persons: self-assessment encouraged
  • Masks: required while standing or moving indoors
  • Social distancing: maintain 6ft of distance as able
 

Service/Servers

  • Peace: wave, non-contact
  • Communion: wafer only (may add wine in individual cups during this Phase at discretion of the priests/staff
  • Tithes/offerings: online and basket passed
  • Dismissal: self-dismissed during the recessional, maintain distance as able, gather outside with space
  • Children’s Church: masks required indoors
  • Service length: normal length
  • Ushers: monitor and maintain capacity
  • Coffee Hour: none at this time, but staff may add at any time
  • Music Team: up to 3 singers, other musicians wear masks
  • Celebrant: use mask when processing in and out, and during Communion
  • Reader/acolyte: up to 2
  • Altar guild: up to 2
  • Funerals/Baptisms: same adjustments as Sunday services
 
 
 

FAQs

We have created the list below based on questions received from congregants. Please consult our Reopening Plan for the fullest picture of what each phase will include. If after reading the Reopening Plan and the FAQs, you still have a question, please email communications@servantsanglican.org.

 
 

 

 

Are masks required?

Yes. They are required for everyone indoors in Phase 1 and 2. In Phase 3, masks are required while standing and moving, but may be removed while seated. They are not required outside.

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Will children be able to attend church in Phase 1?

Yes. We will not have in-person Children’s Church. Children and youth will need to observe social distance and sit only with their family/guardian.

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Will we sing together?

Yes, singing is permissible.

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Is there a timeline for entering Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3?

Not at this time. We will abide by all guidelines given by the state, but we may move slower toward normalcy than the state does. We recognize and accept that we may have to take steps backward as the COVID-19 situation unfolds locally. Our staff will evaluate which phase is best on a Sunday-by-Sunday basis. You can visit this website to find out which phase we are in on a given week.

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Will there be funerals or baptisms during any of the phases?

We will postpone, if possible, all funerals and baptisms in Phase 1. If there is a need to gather, it will be for immediate family only. In Phases 2 and 3 we will adjust the attendance and abide by the same guidelines we’ll use for Sunday services.

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Will windows or doors be open during the service?

The narthex doors will remain open for the length of the service, but the side doors will remain closed. We currently have no windows to open in the sanctuary.

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Will we use the balcony for additional seating?

Not in Phase 1. In Phase 2 or 3, individuals may sit in the balcony and must wear masks at all times. The balcony is our designated mask-required zone.

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Do the capacity numbers listed in the reopening plan include priests and servers?

Yes. In each phase the capacity listed includes any person that would be in the sanctuary.

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How will we decide who gets to attend services each week when capacity is so limited?

In Phases 1, we are asking that anyone who wishes to attend our services RSVP each Sunday here. In Phase 2 and 3, no RSVP is required as it is unlikely we will exceed capacity.

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Will Servants’ reopening phases align with the state’s phases of reopening?

We will abide by all phase requirements given to us and the general population for reopening, though we of course reserve the right to move back a phase if the local situation seems to require it. Our emergency management team will monitor all city, county, state and federal guidelines and make changes for our parish accordingly.

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How will we trace outbreaks within our community?

We will have limited capacity to trace where a given case of COVID-19 was contracted. 

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Will the church be open for use other than for Sunday services during any of the phases?

Vestry and other church meetings, including Soaking Prayer, will be held via Zoom during Phase 1. During Phase 2, Zoom will continue to be an option with the added option of meeting outdoors, or indoors with masks. In Phase 3, we will have the option of meeting outside or inside with masks required only while moving and standing.

 
 

Will I be able to use the restroom at church?          

Yes, but with extra precautions and cleaning in Phase 1. During Phase 1, we will provide a cleaning solution that anyone who uses the bathroom will need to use on touched surfaces prior to exiting. A bathroom user will need to clean door handles, flush handles, faucet handles, locking mechanisms, and all other touched surfaces. We urge you to use the restroom at home. In Phase 2 and Phase 3, we will just have a weekly professional cleaning.

 

Will people be allowed to move around the sanctuary at any point during the service?

Not typically. Particularly for Phase 1, the celebrant, acolyte, worship team members, and projectionist will remain in their serving zones throughout the entire service. Congregants will be asked not to move around the room during the Peace during any of Phases 1-3. During Phase 3, we will have a lector for the readings and a reader for Prayers of the People who will be allowed to move to their places of service. The Worship Arts Team will be allowed to move to the altar area for Communion.