August 3, 2021
Do No Harm, our first Wesleyan rule continues to be our benchmark for all recommendations.
In light of the Governor’s statewide mask mandate, St. John’s will return to requiring all persons, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks while in worship and in small group gatherings.
We look forward to the day when we can return to maskless gatherings, until then, let us pray for our world, country, state, parish, and each other.
Grace & Peace
The COVID-19 Task Force
Rhonda Tucker, Bonnie Byland,Pat Cobb, Donnie Lambert, John Toney, and Rev. Lane Cotton Winn
This new mask mandate includes all children over the age of two, youth, staff, volunteers, and others who participate in Children’s Sunday School, Youth Group, the Prayground, and other family ministries.
Remember, If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay safe, remain at home, and worship with us online.
July 13, 2021
The COVID-19 Task Force recently met to review our COVID-19 protocols, policies, and practices pertaining to volunteer and staff positions. After reviewing recommendations from the CDC and our guiding principle to do no harm, the Task Force proposed a Staff & Volunteer COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). The following policy has been adopted by the SPRC for St. John’s United Methodist Church as of July 7, 2021.
St. John’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Staff and Volunteers
Each member of the St. John’s United Methodist Church staff has a vital role to play in supporting a healthy work environment and congregation as we continue to navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic (and any future pandemic), and the following requirements are a reflection of that shared responsibility.
EMPLOYEES, CONTRACT STAFF, AND INTERNS:
- All employees, contract staff and interns (i.e. “staff”) who regularly interact with the congregation are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
- To prepare for this policy change, all staff will need to share their vaccination status with the SPRC Chair or Lead Pastor by July 15, 2021 and provide a copy of their vaccination card or record. A copy of the vaccination card will be kept in the staff person’s personnel file. The staff person will be responsible for providing any updated vaccination information to the SPRC Chair or Lead Pastor.
- Any staff member who is not fully vaccinated will be required to obtain a medical exemption from your healthcare provider. Note: Due to the nature of interaction with infants, toddlers, children, and youth, medical exemptions will not be granted for any position whose primary role is to interact with infants, toddlers, children and youth.
- Staff who are not fully vaccinated (5 weeks since first dose) are required to wear a mask and social distance at all times while interacting with members of the congregation.
VOLUNTEERS IN CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRIES
We require all volunteers who serve in our children and youth ministries to be vaccinated.
This policy will be reviewed and updated on a quarterly basis or when new data is released.
Adopted by the SPRC July 7, 2021
April 2021: Corporate to Personal Responsibility
We encourage everyone to do a self-health check if you are considering worshiping in-person with us. As always, we encourage anyone who does not feel well to worship with us online, using one of the available streaming services (Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, or our website).
For those who feel comfortable with in-person worship, we are asking you to bring your phone to church! No, we don’t want you texting or playing games, we want you to be able to register your attendance. With your phone, you will scan a QR code found at your pew, which will take you to a brief online form. We ask that you complete this registration form each time you attend in-person, as this helps with contact-tracing.
If you do not have a smartphone, please let a greeter know when you enter the narthex; they will write down your name, email and/or a cell number for contact tracing purposes. Below, please find detailed instructions for our new contactless registration process, utilizing QR codes. (The QR codes will be posted within the pews.)
- Please open the camera on your phone. You DO NOT have to take a picture of the QR code.
- Hover over the QR code. Once your phone has “captured” the code, a banner or icon will appear at the top of the screen.
- Please click on the banner/icon. You will be directed to a form to complete.
- If you are not redirected to a form, please attempt to rescan the code.
With Android phones:
- Open your Camera app and point it steadily for 2-3 seconds towards the QR code.
- Whenever scanning is enabled, a notification will appear.
- If nothing happens, you may have to go to your Settings app and enable QR Code scanning.
- If QR Codes isn’t an option in your settings, your device unfortunately can’t scan QR Codes natively. You will have to download a third-party QR Code reader app.
- Android users can read this article to discover the best way to scan QR codes on your specific android phone.
The 8:30 a.m. service will include Communion each week, whereas the 11:00 a.m. service will include Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We will offer Drive-Thru Communion at 9:45-10:45 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month, as well.
We have Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found here. We continue to adhere to the Wesleyan tradition of “do no harm.” We remain together in spirit.
St. John’s UMC COVID-19 Task Force Members
Rhonda Tucker (Lay Leader), Bonnie Byland, Pat Cobb, Donnie Lambert, John Toney, Rev. Lane Cotton Winn
Read about the COVID-19 Memorial Crosses, which were displayed on our campus during Holy Week and Easter Season 2020 in memory of the lives lost to COVID-19 in Louisiana.