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June 2 Update on Coronavirus Precautions

Dear Members of St. John’s,

We praise the Lord for His generous gifts which bless our lives in countless ways.  We rejoice that we are His children.

Last Sunday, we listened to God’s teaching about His church, and how “the gates of Hell will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). Virus or no virus, we can be confident in God’s promise for His church, and know that He wants us to be together in worship.  So as we continue to listen to your input, we know there are a range of views regarding in-person worship and that’s OK. Since there may not be an answer that solves everyone’s concerns, we want to instead provide a range of worship options, both in-person and virtual, to give you choice. Then, you can decide what option you are most comfortable with as time goes on. In all cases, we will continue to maintain proper social distancing, eliminate touchpoints, practice good hygiene, and disinfect surfaces before and after each service. And, as we’ve stated before, if you feel sick or if you feel more vulnerable due to age or an underlying condition, please stay home. Just to remind everyone, here are the worship options: 

In-Person Worship Options (all include Family-Isolated Communion) 

  • 8:00 am: “Mask Optional” Worship Service    
  • 10:30 am: “Mask Mandatory” Worship Service

Alternative / Virtual Worship Options (for those unable to attend in-person worship)

  • 9:15 am: Walk-In Family-Isolated (WiFi) Communion in the Narthex
  • 10:30 am:  Live-Stream of the 10:30 Service

After 10:30 am Service:  Tape of the 10:30 Service will be posted for later viewing  

Regarding communion, we are also refining our process to eliminate the risk of contamination. I will keep the lids on the wafer containers and wine trays when consecrating the bread/wine at the altar. I will also maintain the proper distance from communicants and the bread/wine when speaking at the credence table. Finally, the wine tray and wafer containers will be kept at the proper distance away from communicants. The elder, wearing gloves and a mask, will now place only the individual cups and wafers on the credence table for each family as they approach the altar to remove the risk of contamination to the entire wine tray or wafer containers.   

Remember, there are still members that are unable to attend the in-person services. If you feel called to help others by visiting, calling, or just doing simple tasks (e.g. shopping, preparing food, etc.) for those unable to do so, please let Lisa Walraven know at office@stjohnslexington.org.            

Praise God for your faithful contributions to St. John’s. With multiple options to worship, we’re also offering multiple options to give to meet our financial obligations and outreach support. You may drop off your offering at the in-person service, at WiFi communion, mail your check directly to St. John’s, or give online through the electronic giving section of our website at https://stjohnslexington.org/worship/electronic-giving/. Thank you so much for your support!

As we continue to worship together and each week welcome back more of our fellowship, we are most grateful that God is blessing His church for us and through us.  It is good to have a spiritual home.

Living in Jesus with you,
Pastor B.