COVID-19
RESPONSES
& RESOURCES

The COVID-19 Pandemic affects us all. 

St. John's is here to help you through it. We want to help you stay safe and healthy during this period. We are following all instructions by our bishops and the Diocese of New York in regards to this matter.

Our actions matter and are important. Find out more about what St. John's is doing to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and what you can do to help.

WHAT IS ST. JOHN'S DOING?

We have taken the following measures to help stop the spread of the virus:

  • We have reopened for in-person worship. Please read our reopening message here.

  • ​Our parish office is closed until further notice.

  • All fundraisers and coffee hour have been suspended.

  • Eccleston Hall Rentals have been temporarily suspended.

WHAT ABOUT MASS?

We have​ reopened for in-person worship at 9:00 am every Sunday for Holy Eucharist. Please note the following:

  • Worship: Starting Sunday, August 16, we will hold only one (1) Holy Eucharist/Liturgy of the Word at 9:00 a.m. only at this time.

  • Arrival: Please do not arrive to church any more than 15 minutes prior to service. Dress casually and comfortably as the temperatures in the church is much warmer during the summer months.

  • Church Entrance: We will use two (2) entrances into the church at this time to avoid maximum exposure. The back of the church with the ADA ramp and the main entrance in the driveway with the double doors of the church.

  • Hand Sanitisers: Hand sanitizers will be available at all entrances in the church as well as in other areas of the church and we encourage you to use as often as needed.

  • Masks: Mask covering is required and must cover both your nose and mouth and must be worn by everyone ages 3 years and over. We will provide masks for anyone who requires one upon arrival. There is no exception to this policy. Please plan to bring your mask each week. If you are not able to wear a mask, we encourage to you attend the service online.

  • Social distancing: Social distancing, defined as remaining 2 metres away from everyone other than your immediate family or those living in the same household, is to be observed. Please make every effort to maintain a safe distance.

  • Communion: At this time, only the communion hosts will be offered and administered by the Clergy and placed in your hand only. No wine will be offered at this time.

  • Music: Service music will be provided by our organist, Stephen Hetzel. Unfortunately, there will be no singing by the choir and the congregation until further notice.

  • Offering: We thank you for your continued financial stewardship and we encourage to mail in your offerings/pledges. During the in-person services, we will have the offering plates available at the back of the church for you to place your envelope in prior to service. If you need assistance, one of our Ushers will assist.

  • Personal contact: We know it is difficult not to hug, embrace or shake hands, especially given the fact that we have not seen each other in 4 months. We will observe the peace without physical contact.

  • Contact List: You will be asked to provide your name and phone number each Sunday upon arrival by a greeter or usher. This important information is required should St. John’s be contacted by the Department of Health or Diocese for contact tracing.

  • Seating: Please sit in the appropriately designated pews and maintain social distancing. For immediate family or individuals in the same household, you may sit together.

  • Illness: Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty of breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhoeas should not attend. Anyone who has been in close contact with a person who has had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days should not attend. Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of last attendance must notify the church by calling the Parish Office at (718) 447-1605. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not return in person unless you have been tested and received a negative result.

  • Higher Risk: The CDC advises that those at high risk for COVID-19 to avoid large gatherings. Those at high-risk for severe illness include people 65 and older, and people with underlying medical conditions and people who are immunocompromised.

  • Departure: At the end of the service, everyone will be dismissed. We ask you to depart the church using the two exits and avoid gathering inside. You are welcome to have conversations outside of the church at a safe distance as you feel comfortable.

WHAT IS CANTERBURY HOUSE DOING?

Canterbury House has done the following to help stop the spread of the virus:

  • Residents are encouraged to stay in their apartments unless they have a compelling reason to leave their apartments.

  • The Community Room has been closed to encourage residents to stay in their apartments. 

  • Residents have been provided with masks, hand sanitizer and gloves and must practise social distancing guidelines.

  • Masks must be worn when using the Laundry Room and no more than 3 (three) residents may use the facilities simultaneously.

  • Corridors, entrances and other commonly used areas are being professionally disinfected on a regular basis.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CONTACT THE CHURCH?

If it is a non-urgent matter, you can call the church and leave a voicemail, or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you have an urgent pastoral need, please call 347-409-9892 to be connected directly with church leadership.

WHAT CAN I/WE DO TO HELP?

  • Stay home as much as you can. Don't go outside unless necessary. If you must go outside, cover your face and keep a distance of 2 (two) metres between others.

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for more than 20 seconds.

  • Cover your sneeze and coughs with a tissue, then throw the tissue away in a closed bin.

  • If you feel sick, call ahead and stay home.

  • Attend St. John's and other churches' virtual events.
  • Donate to local food banks and charities, and/or to St. John's online giving programme.
  • Pray for those who are suffering because of the pandemic.
  • Don't visit Canterbury House, as senior citizens are more vulnerable to the disease.

  • Don't share rumours and unconfirmed information.
  • Don't stigmatise people because of who they are. 
  • Keep positive and have faith.

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