Worship at Saint Giles

Sundays at 10:30am

Spring has arrived full of hope and possibilities! The Worship Committee, Session and Interim Pastor have been working hard to make plans for the re-opening of Saint Giles for in-person worship.


During this pandemic we have had time to seek out information and wisdom from trusted resources and lean into our faith and the Gospel more heavily than ever. We have become familiar with best practices for stopping the spread of COVID-19 - hand hygiene, social distancing, mask usage, enhanced cleaning measures, etc.


This knowledge allows us to feel confident in reopening for indoor worship services on May 2nd.

Our shortened service will start at 10:30 but we encourage everyone to come 15 minutes early to allow seating in a safe manner. Greeters will be available to help and direct. There will be no nursery provided and no Sunday School until further notice. 


Our primary goal is to keep our congregation, staff, volunteers, and visitors as safe as possible from exposure to COVID-19. We trust each of you to make informed decisions that are best for yourselves, your families, and others, when it comes to attending services. We can do this if everyone abides by these rules and practices which are based on NC guidelines and recommendations.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susie Lavender, Jean Smith, Bob Lindsey, Lori Coble, Elizabeth Abernathy or Lance Perry.

St. Giles In-Person Worship Limited Operations

Stay Home if:

 

  • You have a fever or symptoms of illness or you have been exposed to someone with COVID 19 or COVID 19 symptoms.

  • You are in a vulnerable group and have not been fully vaccinated.


When Coming to Church

These are the Covid-19 updated guidelines (effective on June 6th):

  • Worshipers will be asked to continue wearing masks. 

  • Bibles & hymnals will be returned to the pews. 

  • Congregational singing is allowed with masks on. 

  • Children will be invited to come forward for the Time with Children at parents' discretion. 

  • Choir/singers can sing without masks as long as they are socially distanced.


Re-closing Guidelines

Session may elect to re-close the church and worship under any of the following reports or conditions. Congregation members will be immediately notified.

  • Anyone who has active COVID and has been in the church building / in contact with church staff and/or someone in the congregation within the previous week.

  • Anyone who has symptoms of COVID (such as fever, chills, cough, loss of taste/smell, etc.) and has been in the church building / in contact with church staff and/or someone in the congregation within the previous week.

  • Anyone who has been told they’ve come into contact with someone positively diagnosed and has been in the church building / in contact with church staff and/or someone in the congregation within the previous week.

  • A significant localized outbreak to the church or staff (or key volunteers) home locations.

  • The Worship Team and Session will monitor COVID-19 case rates in Wake County and will re-close if appropriate.

  • Governor begins to re-order public closures (restaurants, bars, gyms, etc.) of either the county, region or state.


NOTE:


If anyone who attends worship tests positive or develops symptoms, please call the church office without delay. The church will be closed immediately and everyone who may have had contact or been exposed will be notified. No information about the identity of the person testing positive will be shared. The Health Department will also be notified with your contact information.


Thank you for all you have done to care for members and friends of Saint Giles during this time. We look forward to being together again.


In Christ,
The Worship Team of Saint Giles Presbyterian Church