In-Person Service Requirements

In an effort from the Vestry to ensure that the parishioners of St. Michael’s remain safe from the Covid-19 virus, the following requirements will need to be followed when attending in-person indoor services.


SERVICES

  • Church services will be held on Sunday as announced, either off site outdoors or at the church

RESERVATIONS FOR ATTENDING A SERVICE

  • Complete the form, call or email the church to reserve a seat for you and your family for services at the church

ENTERING THE CHURCH

  • Enter the church from Washington Avenue side only
  • If inclement weather, enter church from parking lot/basement entrance
  • Individuals who cannot climb the stairs can still enter from Washington Avenue entrance – simply knock on the door

TEMPERATURE CHECKS

  • Everyone gets their temperature checked
  • Adults are considered to have a fewer with a temp of 100.0o degrees or higher
  • Children are considered to have a fewer with a temp of 101.0o degrees or higher
  • ANYONE with a fever will be asked to leave

MASKS

  • EVERYONE is required to wear a mask – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Please bring your own masks but there will be some available in case you forget

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Pews will be taped off
  • Ushers will assist with proper seating
  • Families/households can sit together
  • If not in same household, two seats must be empty between people

NO BULLETINS

  • Page numbers will be announced

NO PROCESSION OR RECESSION

  • Officiants enter and leave from side door

CHOIR

  • There will be  no choir
  • Soloist or duets allowed but must be have fifteen (15) feet of separation unless from the same family
  • Must stand in bass or soprano row of choir loft to prevent “spraying” the congregation
  • NOTE: The CDC has identified singing as a “super spreader” of the potential virus hence the recommended fifteen (15) feet of separation

SINGING

  • Only two stanzas will be played for each hymn, unless otherwise announced
  • We encourage you to use very light singing or humming
  • Full singing makes you a “super spreader” and requires a recommended distance of fifteen (15) feet

OFFERING

  • The offering plate will be placed on table at rear of church
  • Please drop your offering into the plate on your way out

COMMUNION

  • One row and one side at a time
  • Example: First pew on the left side of the church goes first
  • Exit the pew to the window side (not main aisle) and line up in front of black iron railing at front of church
  • Take communion and move to chalice bearer
  • After chalice bearer, return to seat down the main aisle
  • After the first pew has been re-seated, the next pew will move forward
  • One entire side of the church will go first and then the opposite side will follow

DISMISSAL 

  • Dismissal will be one (1) pew at a time beginning in the rear of the church (if good weather)
  • If bad weather, dismissal will be one (1) pew at a time exiting through the doors at the front of the sanctuary
  • Please leave the church and do not congregate