Update: Out of love and safety concerns, Sunday, November 1 will be our last indoor service. Worship videos will continue to be posted.
In-person (Indoor) Worship Services began on September 20 at 9:00 am We will enjoy hearing music and solos together, listening to Scripture together, and sharing in the Lord’s Supper together. Indoor services will be 30 minutes or less. Windows and doors will be open as weather permits. If everything goes well, we will continue to meet indoors each Sunday that follows, unless circumstances urge otherwise. The building will not be available for other gatherings or meetings outside of worship until further notice. For more details, use the link to the Congregational Letter (September 2020) on this page.
St. Peters will adopt and follow the reopening protocols listed below: Pre-Attendance at Worship 1) Self-Check for Illness...please stay home/do not attend if you or a member of your family are displaying signs of COVID-19 (including symptoms like: fever [> 100.4 F], cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). 2) At-Risk Persons...for those with pre-existing health conditions and/or in certain age groups - know the risks and choose wisely as to whether to attend. St. Peters will continue online services even while having in-person church worship. 3) Bring a Mask …those attending worship and gatherings are required to provide and wear any mask and/or personal protective equipment (PPE) desired. Should you not have these items after you arrive, St. Peters will have a limited number of masks available for your use. 4) Coffee Fellowship & Water Coolers Suspended...for the time being, after-worship refreshments (e.g., coffee, treats, etc.), will not be available. Arriving for Worship 1) Please maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and/or your family group and others while at St. Peters. 2) Weather permitting, please visit with friends outside of the building. Please observe social distancing particularly when inside the building. 3) Enter the building via the doors on Victoria Street. Mask must be on before you enter the building. The elevator will be operational. (Limit 2 people) Masks must be on before entering the elevator. 4) Doors Will be propped open, weather permitting, to allow for touchless entry. 5) Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter the building. 6) Hymnals will be removed from the pews. The liturgy will be on the large screen. 7) Only sit in designated pews. Please observe 6 feet of separation between family groups and/or individual attendees. Family groups are welcome to sit as close to each other as desired. 8) Members should keep their jackets/coats with them. Do not use coat racks. 9) Restroom use will be limited to one individual, with the exception of an individual child which needs to be accompanied by an individual family member. During Worship 1) Weather permitting window and doors will remain open to allow airflow through the church. 2) Place offerings in the offering plate as you enter the Sanctuary. We will not be collecting offerings during the service. 3) Communion for indoor Service Pastor will go to each member while they are in their pew and distribute the host. The Deacon then will follow with the wine/juice. The receiver can remove/lower the mask to take the elements. Once everyone has received communion there will be a general blessing. Members will place their cups in the bowl as they leave the church. After Worship Service 1) Dismissal will be row by row starting with the back pew. Social distance will be maintained. (Please leave by the doors on Victoria Street, unless you need to use the elevator. Remember 2 at a time) 2) Please visit with friends outside of the building after Service. Keep outside stairway landing clear. Also, while visiting outside after the service, please remember to social distance.
At this time, the church building will not be open for other group meetings. The meeting can be held outside in the church yard. The bathrooms can be used but please disinfect the high contact areas.
NOTE: Communion for homebound members will be set up in consultation with the pastor. Communion in these settings will be distributed outside (i.e. front porch, yard, etc.) or through an open door at this time. For members in a residential facility, arrangements will be made with the facility in coordination with their requirements.
Worship Service Suspended Church Services will be suspended for a minimum of 2 weeks if a member has tested positive for Covid-19 and has attended a church service 2 weeks prior to the positive test results. The member should not return to church service until they receive a negative test result.
Office Protocols – Staff and Volunteer All staff and volunteers will observe the following protocols while working at St. Peter’s… 1) Masks must be worn while in the building, exceptions are if there is no one else in the building, or in an office with no one else present. 2) Social Distancing...staff will observe proper social distancing while working. 3) Disinfect work areas and any other areas that were used during the workday as well as any equipment such as: computers, printers and copy machines.