Guidelines for In-Person Worship
St. Andrew’s York
The following guidelines have been developed utilizing resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our Bishop’s office. Guidelines for additional parish activities will be provided soon as we continue to re-open our programming.
“As Christians we are called to care for the least among us and to exercise servant leadership in community. St. Paul tells the community in Corinth, “…but God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. “(I Cor 12: 24b-27).
Our call is to care for each other in community.”
-- from The Taskforce on Operations – Diocese of Central Pennsylvania (May 2021)
- All are encouraged to wear a mask especially when “moving about” the church where you may encounter people (children, youth, immunocompromised) who are not fully vaccinated.
- As per CDC guidelines, anyone not fully vaccinated shall wear a mask.
- Fully vaccinated individuals need not wear a mask.
- Fully vaccinated individuals as defined by the CDC:
“In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine”
- Individuals and family units are encouraged to be aware of practical social distancing standards – keeping an appropriate distance from others as much as possible.
- While continuing to maintain distance in our worship space, seating capacity has been increased in the Church to accommodate more who may wish to worship in person. At least 1 pew between occupied pews will be kept “open” throughout part of the nave. A section of “double-spaced” pews will be maintained for those who desire a greater social distancing buffer.
- Hand sanitizing stations are established throughout the church, entrance areas, and parish hall. Please use frequently.
- Ushers will be on hand to direct safe gathering protocols and assist as needed.
- Fellowship will be encouraged outside (weather permitting)
- Full-Text Worship Bulletins will be provided and will be “single use”.
- Communion will be offered in two stations accommodating both sides of the aisle to facilitate better “traffic flow”. Clergy will administer the sacrament.
- Communion in one-kind will be the practice for a few more weeks while we decide on the most effective, safe, and honorable way to return to sharing both the bread and wine.
- Congregational Singing is permitted. Those who wish to sing are encouraged to wear a mask when singing – even if fully vaccinated.
- To permit contract tracing (in the event tracing is required), a “participants’ list” will be maintained for each service. Pre-registration is no longer required to attend in-person worship.