For the current information on St. Paul’s COVID-19 protocols go to St. Paul’s website page Looking Ahead: Next Steps for Gathering Togetherhttps://www.stpaulscary.org/looking-ahead/ . Also, the SignUp Genius has some good information on what to expect during a worship service – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4faeab2da4f85-inperson .

Usher duties include:

  1. Usher(s) should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the service.
    • Usher(s) must observe the current COVID protocols, including sign in and out after the service and fill out the health questionnaire.
  2. Prop the front doors and doors into the church seating area open. Leave the doors open during the service.
  3. Greeting and checking each attendee against the SignUp Genius list.
    • During this time of 25 max in the church we will be having only 16 parishioners at each service.  And they will have signed up on SignUp Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4faeab2da4f85-inperson) prior to the service.
    • If not signed up then the person(s) will not be admitted. Explain, how to use the website to use SignUp Genius. See FAQ below.
    • Check if there are any changes to their COVID questionnaire that was completed online to confirm they are symptom-free. On that list, please specify, write response, (y or n) if person(s) have or have not had changes since completing COVID questions on-line. If they have had changes, obviously they cannot attend the service.
    • The copy of the SignUp Genius with notes by their names needs to be put in the sign-in/out notebook.
    • Attendees do not sign in or out, handled through SignUp Genius.
    • There will be no bulletins or other handouts.
    • Late arrivals (after the clergy have gather at the font) will be held in the narthex until the priests have processed, then seated.
  4. Remind everyone:
    • Everyone will be required to wear a mask.
    • Making sure that all are seated 6 feet apart.
    • At least 3 feet from the inside isle.
  5. No offering and ushers will not be guiding attendees to the front during communion. 
  6. After the service remind attendees to gather outside, not in the narthex
  7. The ushers will be responsible for any offerings received at the service.
    • There will be a predated envelope for each service left in the Usher drawer in the narthex.
    • Usher will place what is in the offering plate in that envelope.
    • The usher will wipe out (disinfect) the offering plate after they put the offering the envelope.
    • That envelope will go into the wall safe that is found at the end of the office hallway on the right lower wall just before you would exit the building.  IT DOES NOT GO IN THE SAFE IN THE ROOM TO THE LEFT OF THE ALTAR WHERE YOU NORMALLY PLACE IT.
  8. Items the ushers need to disinfect include any item that was touched such as door knobs and the ‘dirty’ pens at the desk. The disinfectant and paper towels are on the counter top next to the wall in the Narthex. Just a FYI, Candy disinfects the altar rail and other areas on the altar that have been touched.
  9. Remember to sign out.
  10. No lock up is necessary.

FAQ’s

  • How to handle person(s) that have signed up on the website using SignUp Genius.
    • If all the availbable seats have been taken then the person(s) will not be admitted. If there are availble seats, asking them the COVID questions and added them to the check-in sheet. After you help them get seated add the name(s) to SignUp Genius.
  • Why do we leave the sanctuary and main entrance doors open during the service?
    • We are leaving the sanctuary and main entrance doors open for ventilation purposes.
  • Where the guidelines state that individuals should sit 6 feet apart, that distancing is for individuals who are not living in the same household, correct?
    • Households can sit together without distancing between them. But they as a group and all others need to be 6 ft apart.
  • Sign in and out book in the Narthex entrance and COVID questionnaire.
    • Ushers do need to sign in and out in the book in the Narthex entrance and complete the COVID questionnaire.  Parish attendees do not need to sign in the book as they have done so on-line. These sign-in measures become our contact tracing.  However, Ushers do ask attendees as they arrive, if they have any changes since completing the COVID symptoms form on-line.
  • What to do with SUG copy of attendees?
    • The SUG copy of attendees with your notes by their names if they have or have not any changes in their COVID status, needs to be put in the sign-in/out notebook on the table as enter the church. The SUG copy is our contact tracing source.
  • Why sit 3 feet from the aisle?
    • Do request attendees to sit 3 ft from the aisle to protect our clergy.
  • Why have a person(s) arriving late wait?
    • If someone is late arriving, please ask that they wait to enter the Sanctuary until the clergy has processed in. Please add that this is for safety reasons to protect the clergy.  This is not to make someone feel badly about being late.
  • Checking attendees in.
    • Ushers will be given a list of those who have signed up on SUG to attend a specific service. On that list, please specify, write response, (y or n) if person (s) have or have not had changes since completing COVID questions on-line. If they have had changes, obviously they cannot attend the service. Examples: if they have been exposed to someone with COVID in past 30 days; have traveled internationally in past 30 days, etc.  COVID forms are on the check-in desk in the entrance if you need to review the questionnaire. 
  • How is the offering handled?
    • The ushers will be responsible for any offerings received at the service.
    • There will be a predated envelope for each service left in the Usher drawer in the narthex.
    • Usher will place what is in the offering plate in that envelope.
    • That envelope will go into the wall safe that is found at the end of the office hallway on the right lower wall just before you would exit the building.
    • IT DOES NOT GO IN THE SAFE IN THE ROOM TO THE LEFT OF THE ALTAR WHERE YOU NORMALLY PLACE IT.
  • What You Can Expect (check the SignUp Genius for the most current information – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4faeab2da4f85-inperson )
    • What You Can Expect 
      • All will enter and exit the building through the main front doors of the church. 
      • Our staff and volunteers will register your attendance prior to entering the Sanctuary so that contact tracing can be possible. You will be asked to reaffirm your answers to the COVID Questionnaire Form completed online to confirm you are symptom-free.
      • All persons, excluding children 2 and under, will be required to wear masks while in the church. 
      • Nursery Care (Kids’ Club), is not available/permissible at this time. 
      • Social distancing of 6 feet will be observed at all times. Households may sit together in a pew. All other persons will sit separately. An usher may assist you with seating. 
      • Arrows on the floor show the flow of entering and exiting the Sanctuary. 
      • During the service, singing is not permissible. Music is pre-recorded. 
    • Keeping Everyone Safe & Healthy
      • If you are uncomfortable in large gatherings, do not want to wear a mask, feel sick, are positive for COVID-19, or have been around someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend an in-person worship service.
      • Staff and volunteers will verbally welcome and greet you as you arrive, but will avoid shaking hands.
      • The water fountains will be unavailable. Please feel free to bring your own water bottle.
      • In the restrooms, sanitizer and paper towels are available and you are asked to cleanse any item touched (sink, faucet, door knobs, etc.). 
      • Hymnals and The Book of Common Prayer are not available in the pews. You may bring your own personal books to use. 
      • We will not provide a printed bulletin. However, a digital version will be available to download here.  
      • For Communion, persons will be instructed how to come forward to receive the wafer in your hand. We will return to our seats, lower masks to take wafer, and replace mask. 
      • We will avoid passing offering baskets but will have drop boxes available at the exits for any who choose to give in that manner. Online giving is available here.
      • Please refrain from gathering in the Narthex to socialize at this time.