COVID-19

To protect vulnerable members of our community, following the outbreak of COVID-19, we have made adjustments to our regular Sunday morning worship in-keeping with guidelines from the diocese. Thank you for your understanding.

Outdoor Worship

Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday:  April 1st, 7:00 pm (zoom)
Holy Eucharist, Rite II w/ Trinity Church, Newton Centre

Good Friday:  April 2nd, 12:00 pm (zoom)
Good Friday Liturgy w/ Trinity Church, Newton Centre

Easter Vigil:  April 3rd, 7:30 pm (zoom)
The Great Vigil, Liturgy of the Word w/ Trinity Church, Newton Centre

Easter Sunday:  April 4th, 10:00 am (You Tube Live)
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Easter Pageant presented by St. John's Church School

See Happenings for all virtual service details.

What To Bring

For anyone attending, we do ask that you bring a few things with you:

Seating

The service will take place outdoors, you may wish to bring a lawn chair, a cushion, a blanket or something comfortable to sit on throughout the service

Masks

As-per CDC guidelines for face coverings, a mask must be worn at all times during the service and on church property.

Water

Since the weather may be hot in the warmer months, we suggest that you bring plenty of water with you in order to stay cool and hydrated during the service.

Hand Sanitizer

If possible, please bring a personal supply of hand sanitizer. 

What To Expect

Service attendees sit on outdoor seating

Seating

Parties arriving will be assigned a marked seating area. The size of this seating area is dependent upon the size of party. However, seating areas are spaced to allow a 6ft distance. We ask that people their seating area and remain at least 20 feet from the front at all times.

Liturgy Team

Liturgy

We will follow an order of Morning Prayer. There will be musical accompaniment, however please refrain from singing in order to reduce the spread of virus particulate. Music will be provided by our organist, Jeffrey Mills and a cantor.

No-touch offering

For those wishing to make an offering, a no-touch offering box will be available. You also can donate online at onrealm.org/saintjohnschurch/give

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be provided by the ushers. Please sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving.

Coffee Hour

Until further notice, in-person coffee hour has been cancelled and at the end of morning prayer we ask that everyone disperse, following social distancing guidelines.  Details will be made available for virtual coffee hour.

FAQ

  • What happens if I forget something?
    Masks, water and seating are available for emergencies – however due to limited supplies we would greatly appreciate everyone bringing their own
  • Is the church/church hall open?
    In order to limit the spread of the virus, we respectfully ask that everyone try to keep visits into the church building to a minimum if at all possible and that no more than two people are in the building at any one time
  • Are rest rooms available?
    Rest rooms are available on an emergency basis.
  • When should I arrive?
    We suggest arriving early in order to get a good spot.
  • What happens if it rains?
    In the event of inclement weather, in-person worship will be cancelled 24 hours in advance via email.

Click here for:  St. John’s Outdoor Regathering Plan