This summer (July-September) we are offering two services of Holy Eucharist each Sunday. These are small in-person outdoor opportunities that will NOT replace our online Sunday morning worship and Live Peace. Rather, they will be an additional option on Sundays.
Given current health and safety considerations for in-person gatherings during this time of COVID-19, these services are limited to 12 parishioners per service and as such necessitate pre-registration to attend.
Outdoor in-person worship is offered Sundays at 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All services will be held on Minnehaha Creek behind the church (access via the Memorial Garden through the gates on 50th street) EXCEPT for the service dates listed below which will be held on the concrete area in front of the Chapel door entry.
Sunday, August 9 – 8:00 AM & 5:00 PM
Sunday, August 30 – 8:00 AM only
Sunday, September 20 – 5:00 PM only
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- You will enter and Check-In for the service at gates on 50th Street leading through the Memorial Garden.
- Check-in will open 20 minutes before the start of the service. Please do not arrive prior to this time. A host will greet you at Check-In to confirm your reservation, record your presence, and direct you to your seats.
- While you are waiting to be checked-in, please remember to keep a physical distance of 6 feet between you and others.
Seating is by reservation only, so please do not bring additional people to the service with you.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Participants in services of Holy Eucharist accept the responsibilities of gathering in pandemic conditions and agree to abide by the following practices and protocols for the sake of the health and well-being of all participants:
- Health Assessment: Participants are expected to conduct a self-assessment of current health and to refrain from attending worship if they are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, loss of energy, nausea, loss of taste/smell, or other symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases. If others in your household are experiencing these symptoms or if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of your current symptoms, please do not attend worship. The Church reserves the right to ask those expressing symptoms to separate from the group, leaving the grounds of the Church until you are feeling better and symptom-free.
- Physical Distancing: Participants must remain 6-feet apart from other participants while checking-in, during, and after the worship service.
- Face Masks: Please bring your own face mask or covering with you. A face mask or covering must be worn prior to arrival at check-in and while entering and exiting the worship service. Although we recommend that you always wear a mask, participants do have the option of removing their mask or covering once they are seated and during the service. We will have a limited supply of masks on hand.NOTE: Should we move the service into the Chapel due to rain, masks must be worn during the entire service except while receiving Communion.
- Entrance & Exit: Participants will enter and exit services at the designated locations under the direction of the service host and clergy. This process will ensure ample physical distancing at all times.
- Contact Tracing: The Church will gather and maintain records of all in attendance to facilitate any necessary communications or contact tracing that could become necessary in the event a case of COVID is identified amongst the gathered community.
WHAT ABOUT RAIN?
In the event of rain, the service will move to the Chapel of St. Stephen’s Church. We will do our best to email participants in advance so that you will know if the service has been moved. If a service is moved to the Chapel, participants who prefer not to enter the facilities are welcome to stay at home and we will work with you to ensure you are able to attend a different service.
We really look forward to worshiping with you this summer! We ask your patience and cooperation as we continue to evolve our worship and develop best practices for these unusual times.
St. Stephen’s Church is holding outdoor worship in conjunction with Bishop Loya and other ECMN congregations. Summer outdoor worship is not to be considered as a precursor to returning to regular indoor worship in the fall. We will continue to monitor COVID conditions in our area and make real-time assessments of practical responses to balance the opportunity to worship together with optimal choices for health and safety. Church leadership will continually assess our experiences with outdoor worship and may need to discontinue this worship at any time if health concerns require.