Recent Updates

  • December 29, 2021: Sunday worship will only be available virtually on January 2, 9, and 16. See the weekly updates on the front page of the website for more information.
  • Nursery care (Kids’ Club) will return on Sunday, December 5 at its new location in the Education Building! Available during the 9:00 a.m. service; advance registration required. See “St. Paul’s COVID-19 Guidance” below for more information.
  • Coffee Hour has returned after the 9:00 a.m. Service. See below for more information about our guidelines for indoor receptions.
  • To maximize protection from coronavirus variants, masks are required for everyone indoors regardless of vaccination status. St. Paul’s COVID-19 Protocol Committee encourages everyone who is able to get vaccinated. For the latest information about vaccine distribution in North Carolina, please visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

Overview

The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina entered Phase 3 of its Regathering Plan on June 1, 2021. Our COVID-19 Protocol Committee is committed to making sure that all feel welcome and safe while worshiping. It’s important to remember that any gathering contains a risk of exposure to COVID-19 or other illnesses, and we will continue to offer a live stream option for those who wish to worship remotely. Please reach out to stpauls@stpaulscary.org if you have questions or concerns.

How does this affect the service you attend?

Sunday Service at 7:30 a.m.

  • Masks required for all 
    • Fully-vaccinated readers and preachers may remove their masks for their appointed role in the service, provided that social distancing measures are observed
  • No singing at this service
  • No capacity limits
  • All may pre-register online for service or sign in at arrival
  • Side wings of the church continue to observe social distancing

Sunday Services at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.

  • Masks required for all
    • Fully-vaccinated readers and preachers may remove their masks for their appointed role in the service, provided that social distancing measures are observed
  • No capacity limits
  • All may pre-register online for service or sign in at arrival
  • Side wings of the church will continue to observe social distancing
  • The 9:00 a.m. service will continue to be live-streamed 

St. Paul’s COVID-19 Guidance

As our plans evolve, this guidance will be updated.
Last update: December 1, 2021

Masks

  • Required for all indoors 
  • Required for non-vaccinated people outdoors if you are not able to adhere to social distancing requirements

Social Distancing

  • Recommended for all (indoors and outdoors)
  • Non-vaccinated people should practice social distancing (honor system)
  • All capacity limits are lifted provided that there is room to observe social distancing measures 

Small Group Gatherings

  • Can meet at the church (indoors or outside)
  • Masks required for all indoors
  • Social distancing is recommended
  • Meeting online or via Zoom is still encouraged
  • For all indoor activities, good air flow and filtration remain essential
  • Each group must have a list of attendees for contact tracing, and this list should be placed in the sign-in book in the Narthex
  • Must reserve rooms in advance by contacting stpauls@stpaulscary.org or 919-467-1477

Offices

  • Masks required for all
    • Staff may remove their masks in their own office space
    • Entry to an individual office is at the discretion of staff person
  • Social distancing is recommended
  • Narthex sign-in is required

Youth and Children 

  • Those over the age of 5 are required to follow the same guidelines as adults, as they are able to be vaccinated 
  • Those under the age of 5 are not yet eligible for vaccination and should wear masks and adhere to social distancing protocols when meeting
  • Children aged 2 and under not required to wear a mask
  • Masks are required indoors, but may be considered optional outdoors if social distancing is followed

Nursery Care (Kids’ Club)

  • Available in the Education Building for infants/toddlers up to 36 months (3 years old)
  • Offered during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday service through Coffee Hour; check the website for information about availability during special events 
  • Capacity is 6 infants/toddlers maximum, please register in advance to ensure availability
  • Children aged 2 and older are required to wear a mask indoors
  • Adult care providers will be vaccinated and masked indoors

Coffee Hour and Receptions

  • All persons involved in the preparation and/or serving of food will be vaccinated, gloved, and masked, and they will maintain sanitary standards, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Beverages will be individual servings in pre-sealed containers whenever possible (water, canned or bottled soda, juice boxes, etc.). If coffee is served, the same person who makes the coffee will pour the coffee into cups.
  • Food will be individual servings, either pre-sealed containers (e.g., boxed lunches or prepackaged meals/snacks) or portions placed in individual, covered plates. Food will be placed on tables for participants to pick up or served by a designated person.
  • Event participants may remove their masks to consume food and drinks, but are asked to remain masked when moving about the event space. Social distancing continues to be recommended between members of separate households.