The Re-Entering Well Team is comprised of staff & lay leaders committed to helping St. Paul's community re-enter our physical space and re-engage in activities using defined safety practices. The goal is to minimize the risk of exposing our community to covid-19. Members of the Re-Entering Well Team are: Rev. Dr. Pat Allen, Nathan Bazawada, Dr. Hal Frazier, Tracey Furman, Marge Higgins, Steve Lillie, Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, Phil Rush, Erin Steele, and Laura Tribble.
Re-Entering Updates: Worship
Montgomery County rescinded all Covid restrictions on May 28, 2021. This means masks are not required when outdoors, there are no gathering capacity restrictions, and fully vaccinated persons are not required to wear a mask indoors. Montgomery County also acknowledges that businesses, agencies, and institutions may impose their own restrictions.
To date we have worshipped in person, with worship services indoors, without incident of exposure (primary or secondary). The total average attendance for our Sunday in-person worship is less than 90, well below the previous capacity restriction.
Anecdotal conversations with members who have not been in attendance disclose personal reservations about returning until perhaps late 2021 or early 2022. Additionally, some ministries and committees have disclosed their preferences to continue meeting online even if able to return to full in-person meetings. The Re-Entering Well committee has approved the following steps toward full re-entrance into worship and office hours.
For all worship services (Sunday, baptisms, funerals, or weddings) in the Sanctuary or Chapel:
Now until August 31, 2021
All pews are available for seating
All attendees and participants continue to wear masks
No congregational singing
Offering will continue to be collected in plates positioned at Sanctuary exits
September 1 - December 31, 2021
No masks required (but all are welcome to continue to wear masks if they choose)
Return of pew materials (Hymnals, prayer cards, envelopes, etc.)
Communion will continue to be celebrated with all-in-one element packs
Greetings will continue to be non-contact, and masks and sanitizer stations will continue to be provided.
The following issues will be revisited and re-assessed on August 31:
- Passing of the offering plates.
- Structure of the Children's Message and Sunday School
- Nursery and Child Care
- Fellowship Hour in the Octagon
Both congregational singing and choir will be revisited each month based on information provided by the CDC and other scientific and medical experts.
All fully vaccinated staff members and regular office volunteers do not have to wear masks when working in our building with the exception of worship services or special events.
Additionally, the Re-Entering Well Team continues to encourage the leaders & coordinators of ministries of the church as well as those outside groups regularly using the facilities of St. Paul’s, to contact us to discuss re-entering and to submit written proposals for how they are prepared to adhere to the guidelines and restrictions.
Questions about our re-entering may be directed to the Re-Entering Well Team via email@example.com.