Dear Church Family,
On June 1, 2020, the Managing Committee made the decision to reintegrate the congregation into worship services on the church premises starting Sunday, June 14. This will be done in a phased manner (one prayer group at a time) in accordance with the LA County Department of Public Health Order of the Health Officer and the CDC Guidelines.
The following is a summary of the important highlights which we will be following. It is very important that we follow these steps so that we can keep ourselves and others healthy.
- This is our plan for reintegration
a. During this phase, we will have Holy Qurbana every Saturday and Sunday.
b. The Managing Committee will assign a specific Saturday or Sunday Holy Qurbana to each prayer group. This will continue until we are allowed to have everyone gather for church together.
c. Everyone who is participating in Holy Qurbana from a prayer group MUST register via our Breeze system by the THURSDAY before their assigned Qurbana. This is the link: http://reopen.stthomasla.com
d. If a prayer group does not fill the maximum allowed spots for their Saturday or Sunday Qurbana by Thursday (refer to point c), the remaining spots will be made available to the rest of the parish.
e. Each prayer group leader should help their prayer group members register so that they can participate in Holy Qurbana
- The St. Gregorios Prayer Group (Bellflower, Norwalk, Lakewood, etc) is assigned to attend Holy Qurbana this Sunday, June 14. We will inform everyone of future assignments soon.
- Church Protocols
a. PARKING – EVERY OTHER space, leave 1 parking spot between you and the nearest car
b. ARRIVAL TIME - Everyone must arrive during Morning Prayer on or before 9:30am. No one will be allowed to enter the church after the Holy Qurbana has begun
c. FACE COVERINGS - MUST be worn by everyone in the congregation. No admission will be allowed if a mask is not used and worn throughout the Qurbana
d. SHOES - Remove footwear outside the church and place them in a bag and bring them into church with you
e. TEMPERATURE - will be taken for everyone upon entering the church lobby by a committee member who is wearing a face mask and gloves
f. HAND SANITIZER - The committee member will also provide everyone entering/exiting the church hand sanitizer
g. SEATING - Families will be seated together at a 6 ft distance from any other family; children must stand with their parents
h. ENTERING & EXITING - The lobby entrance will be a one-way entrance only and the center aisle will be a one-way path; The side exit doors of the church will be the one-way exit from the church
i. RECEIVING QURBANA & DISMISSAL - Holy Qurbana will be given to the faithful after the final curtain is drawn and those who receive Qurbana will then dismiss from the church via the proper exit door
j. FELLOWSHIP - There will be no fellowship in the church or in the parking lot following the Holy Qurbana. Moreover, there will be no admission downstairs, except for bathroom usage, in order to prevent coming up and down the same stairwell
We recognize that the extra steps may be slightly tedious, however we ask that everyone follow these steps so that we can continue to keep the potential spread of COVID19 minimized. Furthermore, it is important that we comply with these as they are per the guidance from the LA County Department of Health and CDC. In addition to the reintegration, we will continue to livestream Sunday services.
Let us continue to pray to God for all those who are afflicted by or caring for those with COVID19.
Prayerfully, Managing Committee 2020