We are thrilled to welcome you back to our sanctuary for worship! Our priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy as we return, and our plans have been designed with this in mind. We are requiring pre-registration to ensure we are within safe capacity guidelines. (online registration is preferred, but if you need assistance call the church office: 636.391.6685)
9:00 – Traditional Worship
11:00 – Contemporary Worship
Based on the recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) we have updated Good Shepherd Covid-19 plans. These updates are based on the CDC recommendations for those who have been fully vaccinated. These state that those who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks or socially distance (except in certain settings). As we are revising our policies to reflect this new information, we are cognizant of the various comfort levels that exist among our members, whether vaccinated or not. Some may want to continue masking and social distancing even after full vaccination for themselves or their family members. Children, age 11 and under cannot be vaccinated yet. It is imperative that no one is excluded from any ministries at Good Shepherd based on vaccination status or eligibility. Therefore, beginning on June 6, we will continue to have two worship services that will have different levels of restriction to accommodate the needs of the congregation: 9:00 Worship will shift to lessened restrictions, and 11:00 Worship will continue our current protocols.
WORSHIP: 9:00 – LESSENED RESTRICTIONS
- Pre-Registration is no longer required
- Capacity is increased (only limited by ability to allow social distancing for unvaccinated people)
- Unvaccinated individuals must mask and socially distance from others not in their household
- Any others who prefer to wear a mask, for any reason, are still encouraged to do so. This will help alert others to social distance around you and/or your family.
- Fully Vaccinated individuals are not required to mask or socially distance from other fully vaccinated individuals
- Even if you are fully vaccinated, we ask that you please socially distance from those who are masked
WORSHIP 11:00 – SAME RESTRICTIONS
- Pre-Registration is required
- Capacity will remain limited to 100 people
- Masks will be worn by all attendees
- Attendees will socially distance from those not in their household
We will require masks per CDC recommendations. We ask that you socially distance from those that are not in your same household.
We will provide individual, pre-packaged communion at first. Communion elements will be picked up on the way into the sanctuary.
We will not hold children's ministry in the building or offer nursery. Children are welcome in worship!
I have been vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a mask?
Yes. The CDC still recommends masks be worn indoors when around others who have not been vaccinated. It is still possible to carry COVID-19 and infect others even after you have been vaccinated.
Why 25% capacity?
While St. Louis County has loosed capacity limitations to 50%, 25% is necessary in our sanctuary to allow proper social distancing. 25% capacity in our sanctuary is 100 people.
Why two worship services?
What if we run out of space? Two worship services provides ample capacity for the number of people we anticipate will be comfortable returning to in-person worship at this time. Our worship services take many volunteers, and limiting to two services also helps ensure we will be able to fill the necessary volunteer roles (ushers, greeters, check-in, reader, A/V) to have meaningful and safe worship experience. We are prepared to add an additional service if the desire to worship in person exceeds our capacity.
Will worship be available online?
Yes! Online worship will now be a regular part of our ministry at Good Shepherd. You can join worship livestreamed online, or watch anytime after Sunday mornings.
Can I read Good Shepherd’s full COVID-19 Plan?
Yes. If you would like to learn more about our full plans and protocols for COVID-19, you can download any of these documents:
GSLC Covid19 Plan
GLSC Covid19 Plan Overview
GLSC Phase 3 Returning to Worship Plan
Returning to Worship Overview and What to Expect