Due to inclement weather, St. John’s will not be having in-person worship this morning, Sunday, February 14. You can still worship with us online! Our service will be shown on Facebook & YouTube.at 10:30 a.m. This service, originally aired on February 23, 2020, follows the Lectionary calendar for Year A and is Transfiguration Sunday.


We will see you next week, online and in-person, at 11:00 a.m. as we begin the season of Lent.  

In-Person Worship

St. John’s Family:

We are excited to announce that St. John’s UMC will resume in-person services on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at a new temporary time, 11:00 a.m.

Given the seriousness of the on-going COVID pandemic, this has been a difficult decision to make. However, based on current CDC guidelines and a great deal of knowledge and experience gained over the past 11 months, we are confident that we have developed appropriate protocols for in-person services that will mitigate risk to individuals as much as possible. Additionally, by selecting a date that is approximately one month away, we hope that many of our most vulnerable individuals will be able to receive both doses of the available vaccines.

The temporary change in worship time, from 10:30am to 11:00am, provides a few extra minutes for travel in between the Sunday School hour which is still virtual and the in-person worship hour. When St. John’s resumes in-person Sunday School classes, the temporary 11:00am worship time will be changed back to the regular time of 10:30am.

We are happy to offer this temporary accommodation and hope that it will make it easier for all members who are ready to resume in-person worship to attend. COVID-19 protocols, including facial masks and social distancing, will be in place for in-person worship.

For all who will be waiting a little longer before returning to in-person worship, the worship service will continue to be livestreamed, also at the new, temporary time of 11am. Whether online or in-person, we give thanks for the opportunity to worship together.

Our reopening work group will be meeting later in February to consider further recommendations for the safe resumption of ministries at St. John’s.

We realize that not all members will feel comfortable returning to in-person services. This is okay! We will continue to post a high-quality livestream worship service on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. for all who wish to continue to worship at home.

Below, please find a list of FAQ’s regarding our in-person services. If, after reviewing the responses to these frequently asked questions, you still have questions and concerns. Please contact any/all of the following individuals:

Kevin Young, Senior Pastor

Ann Akin, Associate Pastor

Jeannie Barrick, Chair – Reopening Committee

 

Keeping You Safe

What protocols will be used in order to make the in-person worship safe?

1. Masks are mandatory for all individuals who enter the building.

2. Congregation members will be seated with a minimum of 6-feet of space between individuals and/or families in every other pew.

3. An increased number of ushers will assist in the maintenance of space and

protocols.

4. An offering plate will not be passed during the service. Instead, members will bring their offering to the front of the sanctuary to place in the offering plate.

5. The sanctuary and restrooms will be sanitized following the service.

6. Only the sanctuary and restrooms will be open and available.

7. Bulletins will be available for pick-up in the narthex. They will not be handed out by the ushers.

8. A QR code will be available in the narthex for those individuals who prefer to use an electronic version of the bulletin.

Will in-person Sunday School and other offerings be available?

Not right now. After we have met in-person for a few Sundays, we will explore the addition of other ministries that can be accomplished following similar protocols.

Will childcare be available during the service?

Not right now. After we have met in-person for a few Sundays, we will explore the possibility of offering childcare at a future date.

 

We’ll still be livestreaming our services on Facebook and YouTube! Join us on Facebook for more content.

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