Outdoor worship FAQ

We ask that all parishioners who plan to attend an outdoor worship service in-person reserve seats through this link for themselves and their immediate family members who will be sitting with them. We will be checking people in at a registration table before the service begins.

If you reserve a seat, but then need to cancel, please do so by emailing Maggie.Domont@saintlukesdarien.org

Yes. We ask that all parishioners wear a mask the whole time they are on our campus.

We will be checking in at the bottom of the stairs into the parking lot. At the check-in station we will give you a bulletin and give you a contactless temperature check. There will be ushers to show you where to drop your collection envelope and show you a socially distanced place to sit. Please be mindful of keeping at least 6 feet between family groups before, during, and after services.

You will bring your own chair or blanket. After checking in an usher will seat you in an appropriately distanced location in the Front Circle (you may remember celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis or Palm Sunday here).

Yes, but we ask children under the age of 5 to stay home at this time. Masks are required for all attendees and children must sit with their families during the whole service.

Not at this time. We would love to encourage you to take part in the Children’s Ministries programming provided by Ms. Erika that is sent out in the Sunday morning announcement email and on the “church at home” web page.

The offering plate will not be passed to attendees. Ushers will point out the offering boxes at the start and end of the service for cash and check donations. You may also choose to give online using the QR code in the bulletin or by going to saintlukesdarien.org/give.

To avoid close contact, there will not be processions in or out, or a Gospel procession at this time.

No, we will continue to celebrate Spiritual Communion.

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. In community together, the Celebrant will not be eating the bread or drinking the wine.

For your safety, there will not be any congregational singing, but we know you will enjoy hearing in person the beautiful music sung by a soloist and accompaniment.

Ushers will hand out a printed bulletin while wearing gloves. Should you choose not to take a bulletin, it will be sent to you in the weekly emails so you can print it at home and bring it with you. Alternatively, you can view the PDF on your phone or tablet.

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 graciously 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.

Not at this time. While for the sake of everyone’s safety, we won’t be having a coffee hour. It will be great to be together in worship. Also, please resist the temptation to gather in the parking lot or other common outdoor areas. We know it will be difficult. It will be for us as well.

Yes. Hand sanitizer stations are available at the entrance and near the offertory boxes. We encourage you to use them as often as you feel necessary.

No. Please plan accordingly.