Our first in-person service was a success. There were 41 people in the Sanctuary on Septhember 20th!
Social distancing will be used: sitting every other row and only at the ends of pews.
There will be no hymnals or other printed materials to minimize cleaning. The large projector screen will be used at the front of the Sanctuary.
Advance Registration before Sunday Worship
Register yourself/family members with the church office no later than Thursday at Noon.
Register by email at email@example.com or phone
703-256-6655 Register names of all family members who will attend.
If someone does not register in advance, they will be asked to wait until all registrants are seated before they will be seated. (Capacity: no more than 50 people to attend)
Healthy Acknowledgement and Temperature check.
If you are sick, or your temperature is 100.4° F or above, stay home.
Temperature will be taken by Nurse Volunteer when you arrive.
You will be asked questions by a registration volunteer about your health, symptoms and COVID-19 exposure.
If temperature is greater than 100.4° F, OR you have any symptoms noted on the Health form, you and family will be asked to leave.
Face Masks and Hand Sanitizers
ALL attendees older than 2 years of age must wear a face mask.
Face masks will not be provided by the church. Bandanas are OK, but must cover the nose and mouth.
Face masks must be worn at all times, from the moment of exiting vehicle, through the worship service, and returning to your car.
People who cannot wear a face mask (for health or discomfort reasons) cannot attend.
Anyone who removes their face mask and does not put it back on will be asked to leave and the worship ended by the Pastor.
Attendees must bring their own hand-sanitizer – church will not provide.
Social distancing of 6 feet must be observed at all times.
Decals on the floor, markings on the pews, as well as directions by usher volunteers will ensure social distancing practices.
Ushers will direct seating for entering, as well as exiting the church worship service.
Families whose members have resided together will be seated together.
Families with young children will be seated near the entrance/exist doors.
No Sunday School, Children’s Worship or Children’s Time with Pastor.
Children are welcome to attend Worship, but must be able to wear face mask if they are older than 2 years.
The Nursery is available for children under 3 years of age.
No toys from home, food or drink in the nursery. Parents cannot enter the Nursery area. Diaper bags should be left at the door.
No Passing the Peace
No "passing the peace", hugging/kissing, or singing.
No Choir singing (humming is allowed)
Announcements/Joys & Concerns
No paper bulletins, hymnals, Bibles in the pews.
Announcements will be projected on a large screen.
If a member has a Joy/Concern, let the church know at advance registration so that the pastor can announce in worship.
Restrooms and Cleaning
Restrooms will be available in the Sanctuary building only.
Disinfectant and hand-washing instructions will be visible for those to clean stall after they use the restrooms.
A custodial service will provide cleaning with disinfectants in the Sanctuary building after church worship to assure healthy hygienic care.
No access to Church Office building or other classrooms
Limited area of the Sanctuary building will be available during Worship.
All other classrooms, Church Office, Donaldson Hall, etc., are restricted from use.
Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA)
The SDA shares St. John’s church space for worship.
SDA has been involved in these preparations and will abide by the Virginia UMC procedures.
St. John's is now a registered charity on AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is a program sponsored by Amazon in which they donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations.
Each individual Amazon shopper can choose which charity they want to support.
If you are an Amazon shopper, this is a great way to support the missions and ministries of St. John’s just by doing the shopping you do already.
If you’re not an Amazon shopper, maybe this is a reason to start.
It's so easy to help St. John's this way. Here’s what you do:
Go to the website
www.smile.amazon.com (not just amazon.com) Log in using your regular Amazon user name and password.
In the search box, type in Saint Johns United Methodist Church.
A list of several Saint Johns will come up so be sure to click on the one in Springfield VA.
It will then take you to the homepage where you can start shopping.
That's it! Amazon takes care of the donations.
Also, the next time you log in to smile.amazon.com, it will automatically register your purchases for our church.
As the company says "AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service." You're just doing good for others while you shop.