From the Canon Precentor: Masks and Trust
At its heart, Saint John’s Cathedral is a community of trust. This means we care not just about one another’s spiritual well-being, but also one another’s physical wellness, and we desire to keep one another as safe as possible. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people are safe to interact with others without masks. Like the rest of our country, Saint John’s Cathedral is a mix of people of different ages, backgrounds, and vaccination statuses.
With some of our community members being vaccinated and others still waiting to be vaccinated, indoor service attendees are encouraged to wear masks. Over time, you will begin to see worship leaders remove their masks, a helpful gesture for those who rely on lip reading in order to fully participate in the liturgy. When this happens, please know that the worship leaders are fully vaccinated and will be at an appropriate distance from the congregation. Likewise, your cathedral community trusts that you are fully vaccinated when you remove a mask on Saint John’s campus. If you have not yet received a coronavirus vaccination, I encourage you to visit planyourvaccine.com to schedule an appointment.
As we reunite with one another after over fourteen months apart, please be mindful that each one of us has had our own griefs, challenges, and joys throughout this pandemic. Some people will be ready for handshakes and hugs, while others won’t. A simple way of navigating situations such as this is by posing the following question: “May I hug you/shake your hand?” Naturally, responses will vary in a community as diverse as ours.
Above all, please know that you are a part of a community of trust and unconditional love that is ready to see you, pray with you, and celebrate God’s love for you.
COVID-19 Policies and Procedures at Saint John’s
– If you or someone in your household has been exposed to someone who had COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, and/or simply aren’t feeling well, please stay home and join our worship offerings online.
– Capacity for in-person worship services in Dagwell Hall is currently limited to 75 congregants. However, in light of the new CDC advise we will be looking to all sources, including the Office of the Bishop, for guidance on how soon we can increase capacity.
Because of space limitations, reservations for the 10:30 am and 5 pm services will be required. Please click here to register for an in-person service.
Regarding Monday – Friday/Weekdays
– Everyone onsite at any time at the cathedral should still have a mask with them and wear their masks upon first entering the building. As Canon Greer mentions in his note above, a simple way to navigate if the people you are around are comfortable with you removing your mask, so long as you are fully vaccinated, is to ask them. We are feeling so much hope with this new news from the CDC, all while recognizing that some people may not be able to get vaccinated or may have other concerns, and so we will continue to be sensitive, kind, and cautious
– Because many staff continue to work from home at least some of the time, and because of significant contractor/construction work in the cathedral and other parts of the building, the doors to the Welcome Center remain locked. Thus, please contact staff to make appointments to meet with them during business hours.
Thank you for your understanding and support, and we thank you for staying home if you are or if someone in your household is not feeling well or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
All our policies are in-line with the policies of the Office of the Bishop, the City of Denver, the State of Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We will continue to update this policy as more information is released on COVID-19 and the vaccine.