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St. John’s Closure Information – October 24 Update

Important Notices:
At the direction of Donegal Presbytery’s Leader Team and COM (Connecting Our Ministries Commission), the church building will remain closed, with no in-person meetings or activities taking place until further notice. Worship will remain online until further notice.

At their May 18 meeting, the Session established a Task Force for Reopening to develop a detailed plan for reopening the church building to in-person activities, once we are safely able to do so. The task force met to begin that process, and they will be meeting again to continue. The regular updates provided by the Task Force are available below:
Task Force Letter to the Congregation #1 — June 1
Task Force Letter to the Congregation #2 — June 21

On Friday 28 August, the Session formally approved the Task Force’s plan for reopening the church building and resuming in-person gatherings. The plan has been sent to Presbytery and is awaiting their approval. Once we have Presbytery’s approval, we will share the plan with the congregation. This plan does not state when in-person worship will resume, but rather outlines the practices that will have to be followed whenever in-person gatherings do resume.

At its meeting on Monday September 14, the Session approved a proposal by the Task Force to begin holding outdoor worship services on Sunday, September 27 at 11:00 AM. We will still be providing online worship for those who prefer not to come in person. This will simply be an in-person version of the online service, with a few changes that were explained in an email message sent on Sunday 16 September. The Task Force and Session feel that this step addresses the desire to worship together as a church family, while minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in a way that we cannot yet do indoors. We will hold these outdoor services as long as the weather permits and it is safe to do so.

We want to stress that this does not mean that we will automatically be moving indoors when it gets too cold to worship outside. The Task Force continues to monitor the data related to COVID-19 cases in Chester County and will respond in a way that ensures the safety of our congregation and community. We will worship outdoors for as long as we can, and then the Task Force will make a recommendation to Session based on the data.

As you may know, a statewide order from Governor Wolf went into effect on 16 July requiring those capable of working remotely to once again do so. Accordingly, Lara went back to working remotely and will not be physically present in the church office. She is available by email and is checking the church’s voicemail messages throughout the day. We are still asking that you email rather than stopping by the church. If there is a reason that you must physically enter the church building, please email Lara to schedule a time, so that we can ensure proper distancing is observed (also, masks must be worn). Thank you for helping keep our church staff safe and healthy!

Online worship service videos may be viewed using the following links:
Sunday, March 15email message
Sunday, March 22email message
Sunday, March 29email message
Wednesday, April 1 (Lenten Prayer Service)email message
Sunday, April 5 (Palm Sunday)
Thursday, April 9 (Maundy Thursday)email message
Sunday, April 12 (Easter Sunday)email message
Sunday, April 19email message
Sunday, May 3
Sunday, May 10email message
Sunday, May 17 (Youth Sunday)email message
Sunday, May 24email message
Sunday, May 31 (Pentecost) — Pre-Worship MessageOnline Serviceemail message
Sunday, June 7email message

Sunday, June 14email message
Sunday, June 21email message
Sunday, June 28email message
Sunday, July 5email message
Sunday, July 12email message
Sunday, July 19email message
Sunday, July 26email message
Sunday, August 2email message
Sunday, August 9email message
Sunday, August 16email message
Sunday, August 23email message
Sunday, August 30email message
Sunday, September 6email message
Sunday, September 13email message
Sunday, September 20email message
Sunday, September 27email message
Sunday, October 4email message
Sunday, October 11email message
Sunday, October 18email message
Sunday, October 25email message

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