Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The St. Luke Reopening Team, after closely monitoring the COVID pandemic guidelines and being mindful of the health and wellbeing of our congregation, is pleased to announce Sunday services will resume on October 4th.
This service, which will be held at 10:00 am, will be limited to 40 members along with 10 worship leaders and assistants. Reservations are mandatory. To reserve your spot for the service, please contact the church office. Those who contact the office after the list is full will be added to a waitlist and will be given priority for the following Sunday. The service will be live streamed on Facebook and Youtube for those who are not comfortable worshiping in person.
Those in attendance are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing (no gathering in groups, hugs, handshakes, etc.). If you do not have a mask, you will be provided with one upon entry. Please remember, if you are feeling sick or show any symptoms of coronavirus, stay home.
We ask that you take the time to familiarize yourself with the Sunday Reopening Procedures and Protocols that can be found below before attending a worship service. While we hope to continue moving forward and expanding our worship opportunities, we will continue to closely monitor and assess situations so we can adapt to the ever changing conditions of this pandemic.
The St. Luke Reopening Team
SUNDAY PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOL
Attendance/signing up –On October 4th, we will open the sanctuary to 40 worshipers, four worship leaders and six other volunteers. Members will be required to contact the church office to make a reservation for the service. Once we have reached 40, a wait list will be started and those on the wait list will be given first priority for the following Sunday. Members who have not registered will not be allowed to attend the service. The worship service will be live streamed on Facebook for those who are not yet comfortable returning to in-person worship.
Entry – There will be three points of entry: through the front doors, the Education Wing doors and the Fellowship Hall doors. A volunteer will be stationed at each entrance to take attendance. Tables will be set up at all entrances with masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and trash cans. The Education Wing, the Fellowship Hall and the Sacristy will be closed off to those in attendance.
Loose items - All items, including hymnals, Bibles, visitor cards and prayer request cards have all been removed from the pews. An offering plate will be placed at the entry of the nave for members to places their offering envelopes.
Nursery – Nursery will not be provided at this time.
Restrooms - The restrooms on the Fellowship Hall wing will be open. There should be no more than one person in the facilities at a time. The restroom will be disinfected after each use.
Safety protocols - Worshipers in attendance will be required to wear masks, properly socially distance, refrain from touching and will be encouraged not to attend if they are sick or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
Sanitation - All surface areas such as door handles, pews, tables, chairs will be thoroughly disinfected before and after the services.
Seating - Seating in the nave will be marked off and the congregation will be spaced at least six feet apart in all directions. Seating will begin 16 feet away from the lectern and the pulpit. Households will be seated together. Worship bulletins and communion packets will be placed in each seat and two ushers will be escorting worshipers to their seats. When the worship service has concluded, ushers will escort the congregation out row by row to help ensure social distancing. A basket to dispose of the worship bulletins and a trashcan for used communion packets will be placed at the exit.