11 a.m. Weekly Services Safely Returned June 13, 2021

Masks and social distancing are recommended but no longer required at outdoor St. Stephen’s services and events.

With concerns over the increase in cases locally, the Church Council decided to make no policy changes for indoor services and gatherings. Church Council will meet are next week to review and discuss adjustments. The Council also approved a recommendation to discontinue health acknowledgement forms and entryway health check-ins. Signage will be used instead.

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., successfully resumed  indoor, in-person worship in its sanctuary, Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Going forward,(starting with our October 17th service), the reservation system for our 11 a.m. indoor service will no longer be available. Seats in the sanctuary will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10:45 a.m. For those not ready to return indoors, we continue to livestream our 11 a.m. service on YouTube and hold outdoor 9 a.m. services.  We can’t wait to worship with you.

Until further notice, all attendees of our indoor service must wear masks at all time, even when singing. Thank you for your cooperation. 

For those not ready to return indoors, we will continue to livestream our 11 a.m. service on YouTube and hold outdoor 9 a.m. services.  We can’t wait to worship with you.

Healthy Church Update

Mask Policy Relaxed for Outdoor Worship Service

Beginning Sunday, June 6,2021,  requirements for wearing masks at our weekly outdoor in-person services will be relaxed somewhat for attendees who have been “fully vaccinated” against the COVID-19 virus. Attendees who are “fully vaccinated” will be allowed to take off masks after they are social-distanced at their seats, but they must put on their masks whenever they move from their seats for any reason. “Fully vaccinated” attendees will be able to sing unmasked during congregational singing. Attendees will not be asked to provide proof of being vaccinated, everything will be on the honor system. Six-foot social distancing and other current practices not denoted here will continue to be followed for outdoor worship.  In the event of poor weather, our outdoor service will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

What is the  Healthy Church Team ?

The Healthy Church Team (HCT) at St. Stephen’s consists of  clergy, staff and laity volunteers. Healthcare and legal professionals also are represented.

Using requirements and protocols established by the Virginia Conference, the HCT is to consult with the leadership teams at St. Stephen’s Church concerning in-person worship services and gatherings and the safe use and maintenance of the St. Stephen’s building and grounds until all restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted by the Virginia Conference.

Should you have any questions, please call the church office at (703) 978-8724.

What is the process for scheduling in-person, non-worship gatherings on church grounds?

To schedule an in-person gathering at any of these locations, you will need to complete a Stage II Reservation Form (click here)  and submit other pertinent information via email to the Church Office, so your event can be properly reviewed by the Healthy Church Team. Once you have completed the form it will automatically be sent to the church office. 

The Healthy Church requirements prioritize loving our neighbors by first doing no harm.

Requirements when attending an in-person gathering include:

•  Every attendee should plan to bring and wear the required face covering at all indoor in-person gatherings,
•  Every attendee should bring hand sanitizer (if they feel they may need it),
•  Every attendee should plan to bring and wear protective gloves (if they feel they will need them).

•  Every attendee should plan to follow the required 6 feet social distancing before, during, and after the event, which includes no hugging, handshakes, or other personal contact,
• Every attendee should plan to bring their own chair for an outside event (if they feel they may need one, as proper socially distanced seating is not available outdoors at St. Stephen’s Church,
• Every attendee should bring their own face covering, water bottle, materials for taking notes, etc. as no hand-outs or sharing of materials or equipment is permitted.

• Other requirements are below.

On the day of an in-person gathering, please review and plan to comply with the following:

• Before leaving to attend the in-person gathering, each attendee must take his / her temperature. It must be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in order to attend the gathering. If you are feeling ill, stay home;

Before leaving to attend the in-person gathering, each attendee must take his / her temperature. It must be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in order to attend the gathering. If you are feeling ill, stay home.

• If you develop 2 or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19  you should not attend the gathering:
• Fever
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Chills
• Persistent cough
• Flu-like symptoms
• Diarrhea or intestinal upset
• Fatigue
• Sore throat
• Headache
• Muscle pain
• Recent loss of taste or smell.

Should you have any questions, please call the church office at (703) 978-8724.

Click here to reach our YouTube  channel to view our newest online service.