June 11, 2020
Frequently asked questions for the gradual re-opening of St. Paul
How is St. Paul making its decisions about gradual reopening?
Loving our neighbor by caring for the health and well-being of the greatest number of people is our commitment as a faith community. Even more important to our church council than what different authorities may publicly announce as permissible numbers of worshipers who gather, our ability to follow the six-foot social distancing guidelines informs our decisions.
Are masks required for all church events?
Yes, please bring one. Since any of our bodies could be carrying the COVID-19 virus asymptomatically or pre-symptomatically (unknown to us), we view face coverings as a way for each of us to show people around us how much we love them. The need to periodically lower a mask for different reasons is understood. If you don’t have a mask, the church has one-time-use paper masks available near the entry doors.
What other safety measures is the church observing?
Hand washing is expected. Hand sanitizer is near all activity areas. High-use areas are disinfected regularly throughout the day. The only spaces that St. Paul will be utilizing this summer are large and open spaces where there is good to excellent air circulation. All events require sign-up, both to observe social distancing occupancy limits and so that we do not have to turn people away in disappointment.
Where may I sign-up for activities?
All signups take place here at stpaulqc.org/signups, or by calling the church office if you have a question.
Is there broad pressure to fully re-open the church?
The preferences of St. Paul members probably represent every point on the spectrum regarding preferred timings for a full re-opening. Because of the sheer size of St. Paul – 1,200 people per weekend present for in-person worship – the staff and church council want to be wise in observing social distancing guidelines. That means smaller numbers than we’re accustomed to gathering.
Will Sunday online worship continue?
Yes, Sunday online worship will continue for the foreseeable future. The church will be offering short Holy Communion services on various weekdays beginning July 1. These services in the main sanctuary, with a maximum of 100 people spread over 65 designated seating locations, will comply with proper social distancing guidelines while allowing us be together. Due to the higher risk of infection associated with congregational singing, other music will be offered.
Continue to connect with St. Paul
Social worker/counselor available: In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic St Paul’s counselor/social worker, Angie Vaaler, LMSW, has placed in-person counseling sessions on hold and is now offering tele-health counseling services (over both audio and video means). If you are interested in exploring these options and determining if this is an appropriate fit for you, please contact Angie at her office: 563-326-3547, ext 312.
Note to St. Paul people: Thank you for continuing to support the church and its ministries through your regular financial giving. Your generosity is important for continuing the congregation’s many commitments and sustaining St. Paul operations. Options for making offerings and pledge commitments include:
- Personal checks to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803.
- Visit stpaulqc.org/give-online
where one-time gifts can be made by credit or debit card, and recurring gifts can be established.