Friday January 15, 2021
Dear St. John’s Family,
Thank you for your patience, support, and continued patience as we learn how to live and worship in a COVID-19 world.
Due to the rising numbers of positive cases and hospitalizations, our state is continuing in Phase 2. In light of those facts, along with our call to do no harm, we would like to remind everyone to continue 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.
Again, thank you for your support.
The Covid-19 Task Force
Friday December 18, 2020
Returning to Worship in the Sanctuary
The COVID-19 Task Force has determined we can safely return to the sanctuary for worship without compromising any of the safety protocols established during our original return to in-person worship.
Like Abram, who lived in Egypt for a while (Gen 12), we too have been gathering in the Family Life Center to worship for a season. In the New Year, however, we will be returning to the sanctuary AND to our “usual” worship times at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. beginning January 3, 2021.
It will be so good to return to some of our routines, but we will continue to practice social distancing, wearing masks, self monitoring our health, and maintaining protocols to keep each other safe. For those unable to worship with us in-person, we will continue to livestream our services online.
An overview of our protocols for worshipping in the sanctuary can be found here. We will enter the sanctuary through the Narthex. Seating will look different, as we will utilize every third pew. We will also adjust seating between services to ensure different pews are occupied during the 8:30 and 11:00 service.
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 a new time of 9:45-10:45 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month, as well.
If you are considering worshiping in-person with us, please be aware of your health and the well-being of others before arriving. If you have been traveling or have expanded your “social bubble” recently, worshiping online is advised. We are so thankful for how everyone has been careful to follow our protocols.
We have updated our 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.
With Grace & Peace,
The COVID-19 Task Force
Sunday School & Small Groups
Many adult classes and small groups are currently meeting online. (A list of small groups meeting via Zoom with contact information for organizers can be downloaded here.) In order to continue practicing safe social distancing protocols, groups who wish to meet in person will have to contact the church office to reserve space. The operation of The Shepherd’s Market will not be altered for small groups.
St. John’s UMC COVID-19 Task Force Members
Rhonda Tucker (Lay Leader), Bonnie Byland, Pat Cobb, Donnie Lambert, Rev. Latrice Mallard, John Toney, Rev. Lane Cotton Winn, Rev. Deirdre’ Halliburton
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.