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Indoor worship FAQ
Saint Luke’s safety procedures follow guidance from the government, health authorities and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. The procedures will be updated when Connecticut moves forward into the next phase of reopening, or if it temporarily has to move back a phase.
Attendees are required to register in advance via our online system or by calling the office. Registration will be on a weekly basis. We will maintain a waitlist and those on it will be offered the first spots for the next week’s service.
Yes, we plan to continue live-streaming this service.
If you reserve a seat, but then need to cancel, cancel your reservation in the Eventbrite system or by emailing Maggie.Domont@saintlukesdarien.org
Everyone attending must wear a mask. Please bring your own mask.
Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration at the check-in desk located in the Narthex. Upon registration, attendees will have their temperature checked before proceeding into the church.
Before entering the church, parishioners will be encouraged to find their nametags and at the end of the service, instead of returning the nametag, asked to keep it with them and wear it the next time they attend church.
An usher will greet you and show you to an available pew. You and your immediate family are welcome to share a pew. The pews in front of and behind you will be blocked off to ensure six feet of distance between you and other attendees.
Yes! Children are welcome to attend so long as they are able to remain with their families and be respectful of others in attendance.
We will offer nursery care for 0 to 3 with our certified childcare providers and Godly Play with our Director of Children’s Ministries, Erika Caputo, for children aged 3+. Both offerings take place in the Education Building with the appropriate safety precautions. Children in 1st grade and up are encouraged to remain with their families during the service.
Instead of passing offering plates, offertory boxes will be located in the Narthex near the registration desk and by the exits.
To avoid close contact, there will not be processions in or out, or a Gospel procession at this time.
At this time, we will continue with Spiritual Communion only (see below). Once Connecticut moves into Phase 3 of reopening, we will begin receiving the communion wafer again.
Spiritual Communion is when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the altar, and at the time of distributing communion, we say a prayer together. This prayer unites us to one another and to Christ who is present to us.
At this time, there will be no congregational singing — although humming to the music and waves and nods are encouraged!
Bulletins will be available at the registration desk to pick up and take with you to your seat.
Yes. Our Intercession List is always open to prayer requests. Please feel free to email any clergy or staff member.
As difficult as it will be, we ask that you not make physical contact during the Peace, except between family members. A nod and a smile will go a long way these days.
Clergy will nod, smile, and wave as you leave. But in order to keep our community safe there will not be a receiving line at the exit.
Please resist the temptation to gather in the parking lot or other common areas to chat in person. We know this will be difficult for everyone, but it’s necessary for keeping our community safe. There will be a number of virtual programs – including virtual coffee hours and adult education offerings – where we can enjoy fellowship safely in small groups.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the registration desk as well as the exits.
Restrooms are for emergencies only.
If within 14 days after attending a service you discover that you have Covid-19, please notify a clergy or staff member immediately. Drawing upon the registration list, we will contact everyone who attended that service to let them know that they may have been exposed and should self-quarantine.