Returning to Church – Updated

Please note that these protocols changed starting in April, changed again on April 18 and will no doubt change again.

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We have different expectations for services vs small group gatherings.

Services

We started in-person services again on March 13 with protective protocols in place. The services are also available on Zoom. At the end of March the board updated our in-person service protocols. All the protocols below are still in place, but recent changes are highlighted.

If you plan on attending the service in person, we are assuming you are agreeing to the following to protect yourself and our community:

  • You are vaccinated if you are eligible to be.
  • You do not have any Covid symptoms.
  • You will wear a surgical mask while in the building, N95 or KN95 preferred
  • You may sing IF you are wearing a mask, N95 or equivalent.
  • After the service and the post-service discussion you will linger outside to visit with others, not inside.

Here are some additional details about what you can expect. However, these guidelines and plans may change as we learn more. Please show your usual patience with our ushers when they explain changes to you.

  • The church will provide a mask if you don’t have one. No home-made cloth masks, please.
  • The chairs will have been spaced out for distancing. We expect people to adjust the chairs according to their “pods.”
  • Eva Greene will usually be playing the piano live for the prelude and hymns.
  • Members of the congregation are free to sing along with hymns, etc. so long as they keep their masks on.
  • Hymns may be lead by a soloist or possibly two people. If you would like to volunteer to lead a hymn some Sunday, speak to Eva Greene.
  • The choir may resume live performances whenever they are ready, under the following conditions:
    • The singers wear masks, N95 or equivalent
    • OR, a singer may perform unmasked if the individual  passes a rapid antigen test earlier the same morning.
  • Some choir anthem may still be pre-recorded and projected during the service.
  • Service participants speaking from the podium or a soloist may remove their masks while speaking if they pass a rapid antigen test immediately before the service. (If you test positive you will need to go home and not attend the service.)
  • You will see that we have some Corsi-Rosenthal model fans and filters in the sanctuary. We believe they will be quiet enough so as not to cause a problem. When the weather warms we will be opening windows too.
  • Food and beverages, also known as “coffee hour”, may be served outdoors, whenever weather permits. No food or drink will be served.
  • You may bring coffee or water in your own container and mingle outdoors after the service.

Small group gatherings

A small gathering at All Souls Church (committee, book group, meditation group, task force or other group) may optionally not wear masks if

  • There is no singing involved.
  • ALL members of the group are comfortable with a masks-optional gathering. This may be an initial conversation when the group convenes. We hope all are respectful, caring, and pandemic-savvy enough to recognize that masks are as much about taking care of others as of ourselves.
  • The use of the air purifier boxes and/or open windows is strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the church office.