In-Person Worship Temporarily Suspended
St. John's Family:
St. John's has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend in-person worship effective immediately in light of the surge caused by the Delta variant. This decision saddens us all, as it has been good for our souls to see each other and worship together in person. It is, however, St. John's responsibility as a church and community leader to keep our community and church family safe.
When we made the decision to again worship together this summer, we were in a drastically different environment. At that time, virtually all of the metrics that our church family identified in our Together Again Congregational Survey as important for returning to worship had been met, such as a vaccine was widely available, our community had consistently low and downward trending positive rates, and most restrictions had been lifted. Sadly, those metrics (with the exception of the availability of a vaccine) are not currently our reality. Instead, there is now an alarming number of hospitalizations, high positive case rates, more spread and higher rates of severe outcomes among children, and break-through cases among the vaccinated population in our community.
We will continue to watch the data and hope and pray that the situation improves so we can worship together again sooner than later. Until then, please stay safe.
Co-Chair, Together Again Committee
Please join us for our livestreamed worship service each Sunday at 10:50am on our Facebook page here. The worship service will include the sacrament of Holy Communion, so please have your own elements ready to partake.