To find the reservation links for the indoor service, go to the Events page and find the service you wish to attend. Links are included in the event description.
Our 9:00 am indoor worship service is addition to, not a replacement for, our outdoor service (at 10:30 am) and our online service (at 9:00 am). This service is significantly different than our pre-COVID 9:00 am and 11:10 am services, and this FAQ is provided to help you understand what those differences are, decide if coming to indoor worship is the right choice for you, and make sure you are prepared when you arrive.
However you choose to worship with us, outdoor, online, or indoor, we’re glad to have you be a part of our St. Andrew’s community.
What is the Sunday morning schedule?
- 9:00 am - Indoor worship in the Great Hall & Online worship on Facebook and YouTube
- 10:30 am - Outdoor worship on the front lawn
All in-person services include Holy Communion. The online service will include Holy Communion once per month on the second Sunday; the grace of the sacrament can be received spiritually online through Spiritual Communion.
How many people can come to indoor worship?
Based on the size of our worship space, we can have 35-40 congregants and still maintain 6ft spacing for everyone. In order to help limit attendance, we will be making free reservations available online the week prior to the service.
How do I make a reservation?
We want everyone who wants to come to indoor worship to have the opportunity to come. Reservation links will go live Monday morning, and will be posted on the website. If there are seats remaining on Thursday of that week, the reservation link will be included in “The Net,” our weekly e-newsletter. Should services regularly “sell out,” we will make early ticketing available on a rotating basis by our St. Andrew’s Neighborhoods.
Can I come without reserving a seat?
We ask that only those with a reservation come to worship, and as part of the arrival process, we will be checking names against the event list. While we won’t turn people away if there are extra seats, we will have to strictly limit the number of people in the Great Hall.
What about visitors?
First, welcome! Second, we have several seats in each service reserved for visitors who haven’t gotten a ticket. When you show up, please identify yourself to the ushers or greeters as a visitor.
What if I need to cancel my reservation?
If you reserve a seat, but then need to cancel, please do so by going back to the email you received from Eventbrite. There is a link in that email to cancel, and doing so will free up those seats for someone else who may want to attend.
What will happen when I arrive?
Please enter only through the main doors of the Great Hall (the large, wooden, red ones). As you enter, we will ask that you confirm your answer is “No” to all of the COVID-19 screening questions below, and you will be temperature checked with an infrared thermometer. We will then check you against the reservation lists, and ushers will help point you towards an appropriate seat. Help will be available along the way.
What are the screening questions?
Please make sure your answer is “No” to all of these questions before making a reservation, and again before coming to church on Sunday morning:
- Are you ill or caring for someone who is ill?
- Have you or anyone in your household tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last two weeks (COVID-19)?
- Do you feel unwell, or have you experienced any of the following symptoms: fever (>100˚), cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, changes in sense of taste or smell, muscle pains, gastrointestinal problems.
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, please join us online for worship.
How will we space ourselves out to ensure social distancing?
Every other pew will be marked off. In order to keep spacing, we also ask that these marked-off rows not be used to cross between aisles. Families and couples may sit together, but within pews, everyone will need to keep a distance of three (3) chairs between themselves and anyone not in their family.
Are masks required?
Yes, everyone over the age of two (2) must wear a mask for the entirety of the service. If you do not bring a mask, the church will provide a disposable mask for you to wear when you arrive. Those serving in the service will be masked as well whenever they are not performing a role that necessitates the removal of the mask.
Will the nursery be available? What about Children’s Church?
As always, children of all ages are welcome in every worship service. Due to social distancing requirements, the nursery will not be available at this time and there will be no Children’s Church programming during worship.
Will there be communion?
Yes. We will distribute Holy Communion, only as the consecrated bread at this time (and not the consecrated wine). Distribution will take place after the service, and will include the use of gloves and masks for your safety and ours. Gluten-free wafers are available. Further instructions will be made by the clergy the morning of.
Will there be singing?
For your safety, there will not be any congregational singing.
Will there be a worship bulletin?
Yes. The bulletin that will contain everything you will need to worship. As a precaution, all Bibles, Prayer Books, and Hymnals will be removed for your safety.
Will we pass the Peace?
We will certainly share Christ’s peace with one another, but we will do so without making physical contact, except between family members. A nod will be understood and appreciated.
Will you pass the offering plates?
The offering plates will not be passed. Giving boxes will be placed in the narthex where you may place your gift, or you may give online using your mobile device.
Will the clergy be shaking hands and greeting us as we leave the service?
Clergy will be happy to greet you after the service ends, but ask that you please keep your distance.
Will there be a time and place for fellowship?
Not at this time. While for the sake of everyone’s safety, we won’t be having a time of fellowship or coffee and donuts following the service.
Will there be hand sanitizer available?
Yes. Hand sanitizer will be available in the Narthex. Its use is encouraged.
Will restrooms be available for use?
Yes. The restrooms closest to the Great Hall will be available.
What if someone who attends the service later tests positive for COVID-19?
We ask that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 in the week following their attending worship let Fr. Andrew know directly. We will make every effort to contact those who were present at that service (using the reservation and attendance data) to let them know of their potential exposure.
Should I come?
Only you can answer this question. However, we want to be clear that it’s very possible, and in some cases nearly certain, that the answer is “no.” Particularly those in high risk groups, whether because of age or other pre-existing conditions, should consider whether another option might be better. Taking care of yourself is always the right choice!
Don’t forget you can also join us for outdoor worship, which has the benefits of increased airflow, easier social spacing, and congregational singing, and for online worship, where you can worship from the comfort and safety of your own home.