We have established a Parish COVID-19 Task Force (Bettina McBeth, Chris Cuttitta, Julie Haller, and Vicar Taylor Berdahl) who will be responsible for continuing to monitor the pandemic’s progression and adjusting our parish practices accordingly.
PARISH RULES FOR IN-PERSON GATHERING DURING COVID
The Covid-19 task force (Bettina McBeth, Chris Cuttitta, Julie Haller, and Vicar Taylor Berdahl) have approved the following guidelines for safe worship practice. Thank you for showing love to your neighbors by following these rules.
1. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Please wear your own mask.
2. SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED. Leave empty pews between people, and sit checkerboard fashion. No one should sit directly behind or in front of anyone else. There will be no greeters.
3. NO SINGING. Singing causes us to expel the air in our lungs with force, it raises the risk of infection, masks or not.
4. NO PASSING OF THE PEACE. Just pretend it is an extended flu season.
5. NO PHYSICAL PASSING OF ANYTHING. Collection plates and bulletins are placed at the entrances/exits so there is no physical passing from one person to another.
6. We will have bulletins to use for the services so hymnals will not be required. Please touch as little as possible when in your pews.
7. We will have communion with sealed, pre-packaged individual communion servings. Directions for distribution will be shared at that time in the service. There will be trash receptacles at the exits for disposal.
8. Attendance will be taken at each church each Sunday. Should an outbreak occur, the congregation can be notified. If anyone receives a positive test for COVID, please report it to the task force immediately.
9. Midweek usage of buildings: When entering a building, please use posted sign in sheets. If entering with someone who isn't a member, please have them add their contact info. Always clean frequently touched surfaces after use.
10. STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL SICK.
A Prayer for Putting on a Face Mask
Creator God, as I prepare to go into the world, help me to see the sacramental nature of wearing this cloth. Let it be a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbors, as I love myself.
Christ Jesus, since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart, that people would see my smile in the crinkles around my eyes. Since my voice may be muffled, help me to speak clearly, not only with my words, but with my actions.
Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears, remind me to listen carefully and caringly to all those I meet. May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner, and may each breath that it holds be filled with your love.
In your name and in that love, I pray. Amen.
-written by Rev. Richard Bott