SUMMER 2021
COVID-19 Protocols

UPDATED LETTER FROM BISHOP REED

Dear friends,
As pandemic-related conditions continue to improve, we continue to adjust what’s possible in terms of ministry and worship and fellowship at St. Luke’s Church.
 
People who are fully vaccinated with a Covid vaccine no longer need to wear a mask or maintain social distancing inside the church buildings. If you have been vaccinated and prefer to wear a mask, we support you. We encourage people to maintain 6’ distance from people who are wearing masks.
 
We continue to trust that as people decide whether to come to worship here, they will make choices that make sense to them in their own context and that serve to protect the health of others. If you have symptoms: please stay home! If you’re in an at-risk population: consider remaining at home! We continue to livestream our 11:00 am service, and right now there’s nothing wrong with worshiping remotely, watching the livestream from the comfort of your own home. God delights in the praises we offer up, wherever we are.
 
On most Sundays, we now offer four services inside the church. For the time being, our worship schedule is:
  • 8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite One. This will be a spoken service, with opening and closing hymns.
  • 9:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite Two. This is a family-friendly service, with guitar-led music and a sermon that is intentionally aimed at children as well as adults.
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite Two. This service is livestreamed and features organ, hymns and choir
  • 6:00pm Holy Eucharist, Rite Two. This is a spoken service with no music, followed by an opportunity for prayers for healing.
Social distancing protocols are in place for all services. You can read an executive summary of our plan on the following pages. Parish leaders and I have given a lot of thought to every aspect of this plan, and we’ll modify the plan as need be. We recognize that our understanding of the coronavirus is changing all the time, and as conditions improve – or deteriorate – we will be ready to adjust. Ultimately, we want you to feel comfortable and be safe when you come back to St. Luke’s Church.
 
I look forward to seeing you again – when the time is right! In the meantime, I pray for abundant blessings for all of us at St. Luke’s Church in the coming days.
 
Yours faithfully,
The Rev. Irving Cutter
Rector
  1. SUNDAY WORSHIP

In the summer of 2021, our weekly service schedule consists of four services in the church:

  • 8 am, Holy Eucharist, Rite One, with opening and closing hymns.
  • 9 am, Holy Eucharist, Rite Two, a casual and contemporary service with guitar-led music.
  • 11 am, Holy Eucharist, Rite Two, with traditional music.
  • 6 pm, Holy Eucharist, Rite Two, without music, with a modified, socially-distanced opportunity for healing prayers immediately afterwards.
 
FACILITIES
1. The sexton on duty on Sundays will clean and sanitize public spaces as appropriate throughout the day.
2. On Sundays, signs will remind people of:
o expectations that unvaccinated people wear masks
o good hygiene practices
o at-risk populations
o symptoms that should preclude someone from coming to church
3. Hand sanitizer will be available in the narthex and in other interior locations.
4. Masks will be available in the narthex for people who need one.
5. Restrooms
Signs at the restrooms will remind people to wash their hands and maintain social distancing. At multi-stall restrooms, signs will limit occupancy to two people at any particular time.
6. Floor of the Center Aisle of the Nave
Markers in the center aisle will indicate the 6’ distance that people should maintain while waiting in line to receive Communion.
7. Doors
a. The door from the Narthex to the Parlors will remain open.
b. We will initially let people open exterior doors themselves, encouraging them to use hand sanitizer after they’ve entered the building.
 
LITURGY
  1. For services that have processions, members of the procession who are singing will be masked.
  2. Distribution of bulletins
a. We will continue to make bulletins available Saturday night by email – you can print your bulletin at home, or bring a phone or tablet and view the bulletin electronically.
b. Some bulletins will be available in the Narthex for people to pick up. Rather than handing bulletins to worshipers, Ushers can point out the bulletins to people who need them.
c. When you depart, please take your bulletin with you, or dispose of paper bulletins in the recycling bins in the Narthex on your way out.
SEATING
a. In the Nave and the Christ the King (CtK) Chapel, seating will be available in every other pew.
b. Once the Nave and the CtK Chapel are filled to capacity, ushers will direct people to the Parlors.
 
OFFERING PLATES
Offering plates will not be passed, but will be available in the Sanctuary and Narthex. Offering plates or other alternatives will be available for use at outdoor services.
 
PREPARATION, CONSECRATION, AND DISTRIBUTION
OF COMMUNION:
a. Communion will be distributed in one kind only (bread, no wine) until further notice; we will offer regular and gluten-free wafers.
b. The bread and wine are covered during the Eucharistic Prayer.
c. Ministers distributing the Sacrament will use hand sanitizer prior to distribution.
d. Clergy and Eucharistic Ministers are required to wear a face mask during distribution, covering nose, mouth, and chin. Gloves are optional.
e. Ministers will avoid hand-to-hand contact when distributing a communion wafer, even if wearing gloves, by dropping the wafer into the hands of the recipient.
f. Communicants will receive the wafer while standing (no kneeling), at the front of the Nave. Distribution will happen at the bottom of the chancel steps, and Ushers will direct people forward.
g. We remember the Church’s teaching about Spiritual Communion: that those who do not come forward to receive, as well as those watching from home, can receive the spiritual benefits of Communion.
 
ROLE OF USHERS
a. Ushers will be trained not to shake hands or embrace attendees.
b. Ushers will check to ensure that people are wearing masks, and offer to provide a mask to someone who shows up without one. Ushers will be trained on how to encourage people graciously to wear masks.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Screening
of Staff and
Volunteers

 
  1. 1. For screening purposes, staff and volunteers will self-evaluate for potential signs of illness before arriving at church.
    2. The church will send home any employee or volunteer who has any new or worsening signs and symptoms of possible COVID-19.
    3. The church will prevent employees or volunteers with any new or worsening signs and symptoms, listed above, from returning to work until specified criteria are met.
    4. The church will not allow an unvaccinated employee or volunteer with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to return to work until the end of the 14-day self-quarantine period, from the last date of exposure. If the individual takes a COVID-19 test and receives a negative diagnosis, dated after the last date of exposure, they may return prior to the end of the self-quarantine.
    5. The church will require employees or volunteers to wash or sanitize their hands upon entering church facilities.
    6. The church will encourage people who are in at-risk populations to refrain from volunteering.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Activity at St. Luke’s Beyond Sunday Worship

  1. Meals and refreshments may be served, in accordance with diocesan protocols.
  2. On weekdays, sextons will clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces frequently during ‘business hours’ and at the end or beginning of the day (ex. doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restroom facilities).
  3. Staff and volunteers will be trained on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. Employees will be trained not to shake hands or embrace attendees.
  4. Formation Classes and Outreach
    1. Bible studies, Sunday School, etc. meet in-person in accordance with diocesan guidelines.
    2. Outreach ministries that are meeting an immediate need can continue to operate as long as the protocols for health and safety are in place, including social distancing.
  5. Other Services (Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, etc.)
    1. Baptisms, weddings and funerals, including graveside services, are permitted.
    2. Wedding coordinators must agree to abide by your church’s protocols.
    3. Regarding funerals, we will coordinate with funeral homes to maintain their protocols as well as ours.
    4. The same social distancing, sanitizing, worship service protocols, precautions, and guidelines must be used for these services as a Sunday Worship Service.
    5. If the Rector receives requests for other worship services, the Rector will not proceed until receiving approval from the Bishop.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Other Services
Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, etc.

  1. Baptisms, weddings and funerals, including graveside services, are permitted.
  2. Wedding coordinators must agree to abide by your church’s protocols.
  3. Regarding funerals, we will coordinate with funeral homes to maintain their protocols as well as ours.
  4. The same social distancing, sanitizing, worship service protocols, precautions, and guidelines must be used for these services as a Sunday Worship Service.
  5. If the Rector receives requests for other worship services, the Rector will not proceed until receiving approval from the Bishop.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Outdoor Activity

  1. Masks are optional for outdoor, socially distanced gatherings.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Child Care 

  1.  Childcare is permitted by diocesan guidelines, although our offerings at St. Luke’s are limited. Contact Suzanna Green, suzannaf@stlukes-sa.net, with questions.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Communications

  1. In our regular email communications and social media posts, we will encourage members of at-risk populations to stay home and watch the live-streamed service.
  2. We will use various methods to continue to encourage online giving.
  3. Digital versions of the Sunday bulletins will be made available ahead of time, with all bulletins being emailed on Saturday evening, and the 11:00 am bulletin being tagged to the Facebook Live post.