We are grateful to share that limited in-person worship at St. Mark's has resumed. Live-streamed services and other virtual gatherings will continue. Please read our safety guidelines below.

Reopening Guidelines

The COVID-19 public health situation has improved significantly in our region, thanks be to God.  Even so, the virus is still among us, so we need to stay vigilant. Please follow these guidelines, revised as of June 15, 2021, even if you are fully vaccinated. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and care as we strive our best to make St. Mark’s a place of safety and support for all God’s people.

  • Please sign in when you enter the church. (Advanced registration is no longer required). Signing in is for the purpose of contact-tracing and indicates that you agree to follow the guidelines below. Pick up a bulletin on the long table in the narthex.

  • Please do not enter if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

  • Please wear a mask, properly fitted over your mouth and nose, whenever inside the building. The only exception is if you are addressing the congregation from a safe distance (e.g., the celebrant, lector, and intercessor). See explanation below regarding the importance of wearing a mask.

  • Please maintain at least six feet of distance from those not in your household whenever possible while indoors, and sit only in designated numbered areas as an individual or household. See the chart in the narthex to choose a spot before entering the service.

  • You are welcome to sing if you have been fully vaccinated and are wearing a mask.

  • To receive the host (consecrated bread) of Holy Communion, you may stand or kneel at the altar rail and receive it from the hand of the priest. Rev. Dan thoroughly washes his hands before the service and sanitizes them immediately before administering Communion. Only Rev. Dan, who is fully vaccinated and is tested regularly, handles the hosts.

  • If you prefer contactless Communion, please speak to Rev. Dan or the usher before the service and you will be given a pyx containing a host to keep with you in your pew, to be consumed at the same time as everyone else. No wine is being offered at this time.

  • For outdoor coffee hours and other outdoor events, wearing a mask is optional and physical distancing is at your own discretion. Only pre-packaged food and drink is currently being served

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Despite fewer mask mandates in our area currently, mask-wearing is still important when you are inside the church, even if you are fully vaccinated. Why? Many vulnerable persons have not been vaccinated yet, nor have children, and others cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons. While we hope to be mask-free soon, we are staying vigilant to protect the most vulnerable.

  • Coronavirus vaccines are proven to be safe and effective. They are strongly encouraged by health officials and our bishops. However, vaccination is not required to attend church events, nor are you expected to disclose your vaccination status or that of anyone else.

  • The nave (sanctuary) is well-ventilated with open windows and doors, ceiling fans, and four HEPA filters. There is strict adherence to cleaning/disinfecting and hygiene measures throughout the facilities before and after services following CDC guidelines, with special attention to heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces like the restroom.

  • We are continuing to offer weekly live-streamed worship and biweekly Zoom coffee hours to ensure that everyone can take part in our programs virtually.

  • All our decisions and protocols follow or exceed diocesan guidelines. For more information, please see our diocese’s latest COVID-19 guidelines at www.diomass.org/news/diocesan-news/may-20-pastoral-letter-covid-19-guidelines

  • Please direct questions or concerns to Rev. Dan or our Co-Wardens Bill Barry and Steve Cunha. Your input is vital as we continue to make important decisions about the health and safety of our community. Thank you.