OUR REOPENING STRATEGY
We've begun “in-person” worship services on our North Campus on Creighton Road only. Anticipate future announcements on the reopening of our other locations in the future by the grace of God.
We want to reopen in a responsible way that demonstrates our love and care for one another by reducing the risk of infection as much as we can, especially to those in our fellowship who are most susceptible to severe complications related to COVID-19.
To that end, we have implemented practices that are designed to help everyone in attendance manage their own risk of infection while at the same time allowing us to worship “in-person” together. It is vital that we approach this gathering together with deep humility toward one another (Ephesians 4:2) and the discernment to listen to both scripture and science. (2 Timothy 3:15). We encourage each of you to extend grace to one another as we seek to navigate these times together. (Hebrews 4:16).
Our reopening strategy has five parts, each of which will require your help and attention:
These guidelines are temporary and will be eased as circumstances allow. While these measures represent an abundance of caution, we do not function in a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Instead, we are motivated by love and concern for one another and the desire to protect those among us who are most vulnerable. Here’s what you need to know:
HOW YOU CAN ATTEND
- PROTOCOL: At present, only persons who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 12 will be allowed to participate in our on-campus worship services. A person has been fully vaccinated if they have received the prescribed number of shots (1 for Johnson & Johnson; 2 for Pfizer and Moderna) and two weeks have elapsed.
- If/when you are fully vaccinated, please complete our COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Form. You will be required to upload a picture of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. If you do not have internet access or are unable to upload a copy of your vaccination record, please contact Member Services at (804) 463-2421 to schedule a time to come to the campus to show your vaccination card. If you are age 12 or older and not fully vaccinated, please continue to join us online at myspbc.tv.
- REGISTRATION: Once you submit your Proof of Vaccination Form, you will be sent information on how to register for in-person worship. At this time, we are planning to limit registration so as not to exceed 50% capacity of the Cathedral.
- All CDC Health and Safety protocols will be observed while on campus including, but not limited to wearing a mask at all times (even if you’ve tested negative for COVID or have been fully vaccinated). If you test positive for COVID, feel sick or have been exposed to anyone who has been in the last 10 days, please join us virtually at myspbc.tv.
- MASKS: Everyone 2 years old and older will be required to wear a mask that’s comfortable, appropriate and covers both your nose and mouth at all times (even if you’ve tested negative for COVID or have been fully vaccinated). Face shields can be worn in addition to masks but will not be considered a substitute for masks. We will have extra masks available for anyone who needs one. There are valid, CDC acknowledged medical reasons some should not wear a mask, including, those who have trouble breathing and those who are unable to remove the mask without assistance. In these types of cases, for the safety of you and others, we ask you to continue to worship with us online at myspbc.tv.
- TEMPERATURE CHECKS: We will be checking the temperatures of every person before entering the cathedral for "in-person" worship.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING: According to CDC, a person is more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when they are in close contact with people who do not live with them in the same household. Therefore, we are asking everyone to maintain at least 6' between themselves and those who do not live with them before, during and after "in-person" worship.
- HAND WASHING: To prevent the spread of germs, please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean hands BEFORE and AFTER:
- Entering and leaving the campus
- Touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Touching your mask
- Touching an item or surface frequently touched by other people
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
- WAVES AND BUMPS: We are encouraging waves instead of hugs, and forearm bumps instead of handshakes. If you test positive for COVID, feel sick or have been exposed to anyone who has been in the last 10 days, please join us virtually at myspbc.tv.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: The CDC has published a document titled "Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility." We are following their guidance in cleaning and disinfecting the building. An EPA-registered disinfectant is used on high-touch surfaces, including but not limited to tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
- RESTROOMS: Restrooms are sanitized before, during and after worship and monitored for capacity.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT
- OFFERING: Our offering will remain digital. You may give online anytime HERE or text SPBCCRE to 833.269.1388. Cash and checks in envelopes may be “touchlessly” dropped off in mailboxes located at the rear of or on walls in the cathedral.
- HANDOUTS: We will not be distributing handouts of any sort. Bulletins and visitor registration will continue to take place digitally.
- BOOKSTORE: Pre-order pickup only.
- INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP: The invitation will be given and persons will be instructed to respond digitally for the time being.
- SPECIAL PRAYER: Special prayer is available for those who desire it in the chapel following the worship celebration. We continue to practice social distancing. Prayer requests can be submitted anytime online HERE or by emailing .
- FOOD: No meal service is offered at this time.
- ATRIUM AND KIOSKS: No gathering is permitted in the Atrium or at the kiosks on the concourses at this time.
- COMMUNION: We will not pass trays during communion. All persons will receive communion upon entry into the cathedral.
- BAPTISM: We will schedule a COVID-SAFE baptism in the late fall.
- VOLUNTEERS: We are soliciting previous and potential volunteers to serve by a separate survey. Volunteer training is provided. Only fully vaccinated persons are asked to serve at this time. Volunteer T-Shirts are being provided.
IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING
- SPBC GROUPS: Our DNA Seminars, our small groups and most other meetings will continue to meet virtually for the time being. Our virtual platform for group meetings is Microsoft Teams. If you’re a group leader and need assistance getting your meeting set up, email .
- THE BRIDGE: The Bridge Bible Study will continue online on Facebook, YouTube and myspbc.tv. If you lack internet access, the Bridge is also available by phone. To subscribe, call 855.905.7023.
- EXTERNAL GROUPS: At present, we anticipate accepting space requests from external groups beginning September 15, 2021.
- FUNERALS: We will begin to host funeral services in the chapel only at SPN effective September 15, 2021, with a limited number of people, observing all appropriate protocols. We will consider exceptional requests on a case-by-case basis. We will not be offering repasts or food service at this time.
- WEDDINGS: We will begin to schedule and host weddings at SPN effective September 15 observing all appropriate protocols. Attendance may be limited to satisfy social distancing requirements.
- NOTIFICATIONS: If you or someone you know attends a service, then later tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the church immediately by emailing . If we have specific contact information of the infected person, we will notify those in direct contact with them.
- JOIN US IN PRAYER! Please be in prayer with us as we reopen for the first time in 18 months for God's protection (2 Thessalonians 3:3), that those in attendance willd "hear and see" the presence of God as God moves in our midst and hearts (Psalm 143:10), for our joyful gathering as a body of believers in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 5:4), that the infection and hospitalization curve stays down, sparing lives and preventing misery for thousands of people every day.
Last but not least, for the safety of all joining us, we ask that you review, acknowledge, and abide by this participation agreement when attending a Saint Paul's service or event:
- There are inherent risks with any gathering, especially if I am considered to be in a high-risk category or live with or have daily contact with anyone that is considered to be in a high-risk category. I understand these risks and fully assume all responsibility. I understand that safety precautions are in place, and I agree to abide by all guidelines communicated verbally or in writing.
- I agree to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines from the CDC, including, but not limited to, frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.
- I agree to wear a mask at all times while indoors at any church campus and/or activity.
- I agree to maintain proper social distancing while indoors or outdoors at any church campus and/or activity.
- I agree not to congregate inside the building. I will go directly to my seat and leave the building immediately after dismissal.
- I agree that I will not visit any church campus or participate in any church activities if any of the following statements are true:
- I or anyone in my household have any underlying health conditions that increase our health risk for COVID-19;
- I or anyone in my household are awaiting COVID-19 test results due to concerns of being infected;
- I or anyone in my household have had any cold or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, within the last 10 days;
- I or anyone in my household have been in contact* with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days;
- I or anyone in my household have traveled internationally in the last 14 days to countries identified by the CDC as Level 2 or Level 3 for COVID-19 risk.
- I or anyone in my household have traveled to any of the domestic states deemed restricted by the Virginia Department of Public Health.
- I agree that, in the event that I become symptomatic or COVID-19 positive within 10 days after attending a service, I will notify the church via email .