In-Person Worship: Updated Guidelines beginning August

In July, the Reopening Committee submitted a revised recommendation for in-person worship. The Bishop’s Council amended and approved the recommendation on July 12th. That recommendation can be found here.

As a result, beginning August 1st:

  • No advanced reservations will be required for attending services.
  • No attestation forms will be required
  • No temperature checks will be required.
  • Eucharist has resumed as of July 11th and beginning August 1st, the Common Cup may be used at Holy Communion. (Worshipers may also receive only the Host/Bread)
  • Meetings, Studies, and other worship services may resume in-person worship under this same guidance.
  • The Peace may be exchanged as usual (handshake or embrace), subject to each person’s comfort level. You may also bow, wave, or give “the Peace sign”. Please be sensitive to other’s boundaries and communicate your own.
  • Hymnals & Prayerbooks will be returned to the pews/chairs for use by worshipers during services.
  • We continue to refuse to ask vaccination status of worshipers or to segregate worshipers based on vaccination status.
  • We continue to be acutely aware that those under 12 do not have access to the COVID-19 vaccine and to therefore proceed with caution.
  • We continue to recommend all eligible persons receive a vaccine at their earliest opportunity.

Precautions listed below will continue as approved by the Bishop’s Council in consultation with St. Christopher’s Reopening Committee and in reference to guidance/data from the Thurston Health Officer, Washing State Department of Health, Washington State Governor’s Office, the CDC, and current Diocesan/Synod guidelines. We review these requirements at least monthly. We expect significant changes once all (including those under age 12) have had ample opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and for the vaccine to take full effect.

Therefore these guidelines continue...

  • Masks: All persons are required to wear masks at church services regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of the Deacon or Pastor/Priest while presiding during a service.
  • Social Distancing: We continue to socially distance.
  • Singing: Singing is welcome so long as singers are masked. Soloists have special allowances.
  • Coffee Hour: Coffee Hour resumes but refreshments must be individually packaged.
  • Children’s Programs: Sunday school and children’s activities continue outdoors. Communion will be received on the patio or at the side door. (Children are welcome to enter the building to use restrooms or at parent’s/guardian’s discretion.)

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