St. Herman Antiochian Orthodox Church is open for worship

Our parish is open for worship with the following guidelines and cautious measures listed below. Visitors are welcome! All of these measures are intended to minimize risk while keeping our church open and functional. They are not intended to infringe on religious liberty but rather support it so that we may continue to worship in a corporate and sacramental setting the uncreated Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Thank you for your patience, understanding, and adherence to these guidelines. 

  1. Physical Distancing – Please do not sit or stand right next to someone who is not in your own household or cohort.
  2. Masks – Our metropolitan has issued the following directives about masks: “We continue to advise the faithful to wear masks when coming to the church and keeping them on, especially when moving about before and after services or when coming for Holy Communion. If the faithful need to remove them while in place during the divine liturgy or other services for short periods of time to get some air, that is fine, but in general they should continue to be worn at all times. “

    In other words, out of consideration to the request of our metropolitan, we ask people to please wear a mask when coming into our going out of the church or hall, when moving about and in close proximity to other people. Obviously, you can’t wear a mask AND receive communion at the same time, but the point is they should be worn in line when close to other people.  When you are socially distanced from people during a service, the mask can be taken off for comfort. The exceptions will be the clergy and chanters who can keep their masks off during services so that people can understand what they are saying/singing. Parents are asked simply to do the best they can with their children.
  3. Holy Communion – There will be no change to the way communion is served or received. People who live close to the church are welcome to watch the liturgy from home and then come to the church after the Lord’s Prayer to receive communion in the Narthex. 
  5. Coffee Hour is cancelled at this time. 

Health Guidelines for Attendance

IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME.  If you are unsure about whether you should come to church, please call me so we can talk through your situation and assess the severity of the risk involved.  

It is important to remember that we as members of St. Herman Church can help prevent community transmission of COVID-19 and thereby keep our church open by following a few simple health guidelines. Please use the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of germs and stay healthy (these are also attached here so you can save them or print them easily for future reference).

1)   If you are sick, stay home.  If any of your family members are sick, stay home.
2)   If you have any symptoms or are not feeling well, stay home or go home if you are already at church.
3)   Wash your hands frequently and particularly before eating or drinking.
4)   Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
5)   Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm. Do not use your hands.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you get sick, especially with a fever, please be symptom-free for 72 hours before returning to church.

If we can follow the simple of rule of staying home when we are experience any of the above symptoms then this will help prevent the closure of the church.