In these times of isolation, we need to pursue God more deeply and each other more intentionally. There continue to be many unknowns and many opinions on how to respond to the current crisis. We respect those varying opinions and hope to provide multiple avenues for you to worship and connect in a way that feels safe and wise to you. We hope you will consider worshiping with us regularly every Sunday at 10:00 am. as part of our Online Church, a Home Church, or Congregational Church. Below you will find some recommendations and guidelines for how you can participate best in these services. I pray you will be richly blessed as you worship God this week. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Andrew
                                    
 
                                                        Bulletin Drive-in Communion June 7 
 
Online Church
  • Get dressed for the day.
  • Make sure you’re ready to worship at 10:00 am!
  • Have a Bible and notepad ready and accessible.
  • Sit up and be ready to worship and engage with the scripture.
  • Sing loud! No one can hear!
  • Call a friend after worship to discuss the worship reflection questions.
  • Join us for the post church Zoom meeting! Starting June 7th.
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Home Church

  • Commit to meeting with the same group weekly. If you aren’t going to make it, let your host know.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early ready to worship and engage. Help each other do the same!
  • Be respectful of the host home and the standards they set for home worship.
  • Be intentional with your discussion time. Answer the worship reflection questions.
  • Pray for one another. Praying out loud can just be like talking!
  • Bring a brown bag lunch to share after the service.
  • You can host a Home Church! Contact the office to receive further suggestions and resources and to let us know you’re meeting. Consider hosting a Home Church with friends from St. Paul’s or from your neighborhood.

WORSHIP REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR ONLINE AND HOME CHURCH

  1. What was the big idea in this sermon?
  2. What can we know about God – Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit — from this worship service?
  3. For whom or what was I challenged to pray as I participated in worship?
  4. What gifts or skills am I challenged to invest at St. Paul’s or elsewhere because of hearing this sermon? 
  5. How do I expect this worship time to show up in my life this week? Long term?
  6. Share one praise from the last week and pray for one another regarding specific requests.
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Congregational Church

  • In order to respect the St. Louis county limits, we will be restricting in person worship to 85 people. EVERYONE is being asked to RSVP for the service by contacting the church office. Call 314-993-0015 or email RSVP@stpaulsefree.org. If your plans change, please let us know so we can “cancel” your reservation. Any reservations over 85 will be given priority the next week.
  • Plan on arriving 15 minutes early.
  • Drink your coffee before you come as we will not be able to provide any.
  • Adhere to all SAFETY STANDARDS while attending congregational worship:
    • Please bring a mask. During this initial phase, a mask is required to be worn at all times while on church premises by those 2 years and up.
    • Please observe social distancing guidelines and stay 6 ft away from others at all times.
    • We are creating a touchless worship environment. Bring your own Bible and a printed bulletin as hard copies will not be provided. Everything will be available on the screen.
    • Please respect the directions of ushers who are trained to ensure social distancing. Entire households will worship together. Households will be directed to their seat by ushers as they arrive, front to back. At the conclusion of worship, rows will be released back to front. If you are single, please consider finding the same family or another single person to sit with each week.
    • There will be one point of entry & exit – the main double doors under the canopy. These doors will be propped open. The only open portion of the church is the welcome center, narthex, sanctuary, and adjacent bathrooms. Please respect these limits and do not enter any closed doors.
    • Please keep your children with you at all times; there will be NO children’s ministry or nursery. The garden room and chapel will be available if your children get restless.
    • If you are unwilling to observe ALL of these safety procedures, please consider one of the other methods for worship.
  • Singing can be hard with a mask. Try humming, reflecting on the songs, or singing as you’re able.
  • Things will be different. Prepare your heart to worship God even with the restrictions. Get a good night’s sleep. Pray in the morning. Come to church ready to hear from God and to encourage each other.

WHO CAN ATTEND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH?

  • Anyone who is healthy, not showing signs of fever, coughing, sneezing, etc., (see COVID-19 Guidelines). If you are not feeling well, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.
  • We strongly encourage those who are “High Risk” to participate in worship through Online Church or Home Church. This includes those over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing conditions like lung, kidney, heart, or liver disease. Diabetes or those who are immune compromised.
  • Friends and guests are welcome to attend! Please help them RSVP through the church office and notify them of the current safety standards.