St. James' Episcopal Church - Potomac 301-762-8040

In-Person Worship at St. James’

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Sundays at 11:00 a.m., beginning June 6, 2021
PLEASE READ: Diocesan Covenant for Regathering

Beginning June 6, 2021
What to Expect: In-Person Worship at St. James’

In accordance with Montgomery County COVID-19 guidelines, beginning on June 6 we are open for in-person worship at 11:00 a.m. Sundays in the sanctuary. Here are some things to remember:

  • In-person worship will happen in phases. 
  • No one will get left behind! We will stream the service online and continue to send out the recorded service video to watch whenever you are able.
  • We must all remain flexible. We found ways to “Be Church” virtually, and we’ll find ways to “Be Church” in person.

Please read the Phase 1 guidelines below.

PHASE I, Beginning June 6

  • A Service of Morning Prayer Service will be offered to 80 distanced, masked people in the sanctuary. We will not offer Holy Eucharist at this time.
  • The worship service will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing online.
  • Participants will be asked to agree to and maintain COVID safety guidelines and give consent for contact tracing in the event of an infection.
  • Advance reservations will be required in order to ensure we are at appropriate safety capacity; walk-ins will not be permitted.
  • Masks will be required at all times and participants will have their temperatures taken before entering.
  • Music will be heard from the organ and soloist in person; the congregation may not sing but may speak and pray psalms and responses while masked.
  • We will sit at spaced intervals with skipped pews in between to ensure six feet physical distancing between family groups, as guided by the ushers.
  • We will exchange the peace without touching; we may smile under our masks and wave.
  • Bulletins will be available for pick-up at the front entrance. We will not use prayer books or hymnals.
  • Offerings may be placed in the collection plate in the church entrance.
  • We will enter and exit through the same doors, as guided by the ushers. We will not use the rear doors of the church; the undercroft doors will be locked.
  • Sanctuary windows will be open and HVAC on, to circulate air.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Restrooms will be monitored, and users will be asked to clean fixtures and surfaces with church-provided sanitizing wipes after use.
  • Sunday School, Coffee hour, and FaithTalk will be virtual at this time.