Reservations for In-person Services on a Trial Basis

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

Please make your reservations by noon Friday.

St. John’s will hold in-person services this Sunday on a trial basis at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. by reservation only. Please use one of the links above to make your reservation for the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. As we reconnect in worship, the health and safety of our worshippers is our first priority. Below are the guidelines to expect in this initial phase of re-opening. If you are ready to take this step, we look forward to seeing you in the pews!

While we strive to make these services as welcoming and safe as possible, no one is required to attend in-person worship at this time. A special choir video and the 11 a.m. live-streamed service are available every Sunday on Facebook and YouTube. Zoom Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. is available for all ages. The Sunday sermon at 10:30 a.m. is live-streamed on St. John’s Facebook page and available on YouTube after 1 p.m. on Sundays as well.


Christmas at St. John’s

We are pleased to offer three Christmas services this year, by reservation only. Please select only one in-person service and RSVP via the links below. Note that if you attend the Christmas Pageant, you may also attend a service.

Thursday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer, Chapel (Live-streamed)
This will be our last service in Advent.

5 p.m. Christmas Pageant (Live-streamed)
We are thrilled that we are able to offer the Nativity Pageant in the Garden Mall on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, with much interest in the Pageant this year, and Covid-19 safety restrictions on the numbers who can gather in one place, we have had to restrict attendance to those who are involved in the service and to the pageant players’ families. We are sorry for the disappointment, but we invite you to watch the Pageant live-streamed on the St. John’s Church Facebook page and available after 7 p.m. on our YouTube channel.

[FULL] 5:45 p.m. Family Holy Communion, Church (In-person, by reservation only and live-streamed)
Our traditional Holy Communion service suitable for families featuring familiar Christmas music played by organ and strings. It will also be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

11 p.m. Holy Communion, Church (In-person, reservation only) featuring familiar Christmas music played by organ and strings.
Our traditional Holy Communion service
Please make your reservations by noon Tuesday, Dec. 22.


Friday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day

11 a.m. Holy Communion, Church (In-person, reservation only)
Our traditional Holy Communion service featuring familiar Christmas music played by organ and strings. .
Please make your reservations by noon Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 – Feast of St. John, The Apostle & Evangelist (The Sunday after Christmas)

Please make your reservations by noon Wednesday, 12/23.

St. John’s will hold in-person services this Sunday on a trial basis at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. by reservation only. Please use one of the links above to make your reservation for the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. As we reconnect in worship, the health and safety of our worshippers is our first priority. Below are the guidelines to expect in this initial phase of re-opening. If you are ready to take this step, we look forward to seeing you in the pews!

While we strive to make these services as welcoming and safe as possible, no one is required to attend in-person worship at this time. A special choir video and the 11 a.m. live-streamed service are available every Sunday on Facebook and YouTube. Zoom Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. is available for all ages. The Sunday sermon at 10:30 a.m. is live-streamed on St. John’s Facebook page and available on YouTube after 1 p.m. on Sundays as well.


Details about making reservations.

COVID-19 is highly contagious and is known to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. Attendees understand that under Georgia Law all risk of contracting Covid-19 is assumed by those who enter the premises.

Safety Practices:
Attendees accept responsibility to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and make use of sanitizers available on entry and throughout the nave and chancel.

Infection or Exposure:
Attendees will not enter the building if in the three days prior to and including the day of the service they have manifested symptoms of Covid-19, tested positive for Covid-19, been exposed (directly or indirectly) to anyone with these symptoms or positive test.

Infection after attendance:
If in the five days after the service, an attendee develops symptoms of Covid-19 or tests positive for Covid-19 they will report this to the Rector, Senior Warden, or Business Manager. The names of infected persons will be held in confidence but will be used for contact tracing and public health reporting.


Also note that:

  • When making your reservation your number of “guests” includes family members.
  • Services are strictly limited to 50 persons (including clergy, organist, and ushers).
  • Seating preferences will be accommodated so far as possible.
  • In the event you cannot keep the reservation, please notify the church of the cancellation, so that we can offer the space to those on the waitlist.
  • Preference will be given to those who were wait-listed in prior weeks.

Call the Church office at (912) 232-1251 with questions about your reservation.

 

In-person services are not for everyone.

  • If you have higher risk factors – such as age, underlying conditions, etc. – or you might expose someone who has higher risk factors, you should NOT attend.
  • If you are running a temperature, exhibit other symptoms of Covid-19, or have been recently exposed to someone who has, you must NOT attend.

In-person service guidelines.

  • Check-in will take place at the church door, which will be opened 30 minutes before the service and end 5 minutes after the service begins.
  • Parishioners will be asked to sanitize their hands, put on a mask (some will be provided if you do not bring your own), pick up a service brochure, and follow ushers’ directions.
  • At all times, parishioners should maintain social distance, and refrain from hugging, kissing, and shaking hands.
  • Communion will be administered at the altar in one kind with the observance of safety protocols. The ushers will give you prompts for leaving your pews.
  • There will be no singing and no coffee hour, and parishioners are urged not to cluster together in groups after the service.
  • We have a duty to treat one another with patience, courtesy, and respect – especially those who are volunteering as ushers.
  • We have a duty to model responsible behavior to other parishioners.

If you do not think you can comply with the guidelines, we would ask that you stay home.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please call the Church office at (912) 232-1251.