IN-PERSON WORSHIP UPDATE (as of 10/29/2020)
IMPORTANT: If you test positive for COVID-19 after attending any event at the church, please notify Pastor Scott.
Quarantining from Worship After The Holidays
The holiday season is upon us – that time of year we look forward to spending time with family and friends. If you are traveling or entertaining guests from out-of-state during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and/or New Year’s, please remember to self quarantine from worship and church activities for 2 weeks afterwards. Stay safe and be well, but most importantly enjoy your time with your loved ones.
Guidelines for Indoor Worship
Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Please keep in mind this could change depending on the transmission of COVID-19 in our county. Our church is following the advice of the CDC, PA Department of Health, the ELCA and other ecumenical partners as we gather. These guidelines are meant for the sake of everyone’s health and safety.
- Wear a mask unless you are under the age of 2 or have a medical reason for not wearing one (CDC guidelines). If you do not have a mask or forget to bring yours, we will have masks on hand that you will take home with you.
- We also ask you to practice good hand hygiene. There will be hand sanitizer in the gathering spaces.
- Enter the church through the parking lot or Prospect St. Office doors. Exit the church through the Broad St. doors. For those with mobility issues, the ramp on Prospect St. will be available for use.\
- Please wait in the Shepherd’s Room until an usher is available to seat you. You will be seated so that physical distancing can be maintained.
- Each household should leave contact information with an usher to enable contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
- Each household will be ushered to their seats. We will fill the church from the front to the back.
- After worship wait to be dismissed by an usher. The Shepherd’s Room will be dismissed first. Then the nave will be dismissed from the back to the front.
- Please limit restroom usage. Only two people should be in the restroom at a time.
- If you need water, please bring it with you. The water fountains have been turned off. If you need water, please ask an usher.
- Ventilation is important to lower the risk of infection. During indoor worship, the plan is to turn on the exhaust fans in the kitchen and the fellowship hall and open the windows in the nave along Prospect Street to draw air through the building. This may make the nave and Shepherd’s Room either hot or cold depending on the weather. Please dress accordingly.
- Please limit your conversations with those outside of your household before and after the service.
- We value the health and safety of all our members. Therefore, we ask that you stay home from in-person worship, especially if you are feeling ill or have pre-existing conditions that make you a high-risk congregant. We invite you to watch the service on-line via YouTube, Facebook, or the website. CDs will continue to be mailed to those who have requested them. Please see the CDC guidelines for the list of Covid-19 symptoms.
- If Northampton County reaches a substantial level of community transmission as defined by the PA State Department of Health, all worship services and activities are cancelled. We ask that you regularly check social media, e-news, and our website for updates.
What to expect during in-person worship:
- There will be no group singing, following National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) guidelines. Lead vocalists will sing the hymns as the congregation meditates on the words which will be printed in the bulletin.
- Congregants will be asked to mouth, not speak aloud, the words of unison prayers and responses.
- There will be offering plates placed in the back of the nave for you to place your offering as you enter or leave worship. You can also continue to give to the ministries of St. John’s through on-line giving (https://www.stjohnsnaz.org/online-giving/), the mail, or your bank.
- We will be using Hand Speak, sign gestures, waving, and other creative ways to pass the peace while remaining physically distanced from other congregants.
- On Communion Sundays, please pick up your pre-filled communion sets as you enter the worship space. When you arrive at worship, these pre-filled sets will be in the back of the nave. One person from your household should pick up enough for the household. Bags are provided for the empty cups in each pew. Please take the bag with you after the service and discard it. For those watching or listening at home, please have bread and wine or juice ready before the service begins. You may want to set up a home altar with a cross or perhaps a candle on which to set your communion elements. You may also drop by the church office to pick up pre-filled communion sets for your household.
We are livestreaming the Saturday evening worship service to be viewed on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page. Please join us on these two platforms if you are unable to attend. The service will then be posted to YouTube, Facebook, and our website to be viewed at your convenience. CDs of the worship service will continue to be mailed to those requesting them.
Welcome to Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, located in historic Nazareth, PA. We are pleased that you have found our website and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit with us soon. While you are here, please visit our web pages to learn about us and the things God is doing at Saint John’s.
Saint John’s Lutheran Church was established as a union church in 1859. Over the next fourteen decades, Saint John’s roots spread deep into the limestone rich earth and its trunk grew strong. The congregation flourished under the nurturing of eleven dedicated and gifted pastors who encouraged the laity to develop leadership skills.
We give thanks to God for our rich history, our magnificent building, and the legacy of faith handed down by those who have gone before us. We also give thanks for our life together at Saint John’s today.