Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We would like to get your opinion regarding returning to the St. Stephen’s sanctuary to take part in indoor, in-person worship services this December.
 
We have created a short five-question survey we hope you will take to give us a better understanding of your feelings about attending in-person, indoor worship this Advent season.

Please click here to take this quick survey now

Please be sure to submit your survey answers no later than Sunday, November 29. 

Background on Returning to Indoor In-Person Worship

The church along with the Healthy Church Team has worked diligently since April with the goal of someday safely returning to in-person services.

Over the past several months, the preschool reopened. St. Stephen’s hosted a movie night and held an on-site mission event. There have been several drive-thru events and we hosted two outdoor, in-person worship services.

Over the past several months, the preschool reopened. St. Stephen’s hosted a movie night and held an on-site mission event. There have been several drive-thru events and we hosted two outdoor, in-person worship services. A third scheduled outdoor service could not be held due to rain. 
 
Youth small groups are now meeting regularly at the church. All events are held following the very strict requirements established by the Virginia Conference that comply with all local and Commonwealth of Virginia guidelines. 

We want to be clear: any return to indoor, in-person worship in December will be held in strict adherence to our Healthy Church rules which include but are not limited to: 

–  All worshipers must complete an Entryway Health Acknowledgement and allow our volunteers take their temperature with a touch-less thermometer;
–  All worshipers must wear face masks at all times and 
–  All worshipers must refrain from  singing during any event or service. 

Volunteers are also needed to usher attendees to assigned seats and perform various support duties.

To ensure a safe environment at our indoor services we also pledge to make all families and individuals maintain social distancing at all times. The sanctuary will be thoroughly cleaned in between every service held.

All seating will be assigned and admittance and dismissal at all services will be conducted in an orderly fashion. We will require strict adherence to all Healthy Church policies and failure to do so (on anyone’s part) will result in an immediate conclusion to a service or event.

Everyone attending indoor in-person services will be required to pre-register either by using our online registration system or by calling the church office.  Everyone who pre-registers will be notified if they can be accommodated or not. A seating chart, including assigned seating for all attendees, is also being developed.

Finally, a waiting list may be created, so should a family, group or individual cancel a reservation, additional people can be accommodated. Our services will also be kept to 40 minutes each.  
 
For a complete rundown of all our current Healthy Church policies, please visit our Healthy Church page.   

We truly appreciate everyone’s input on this important topic. This is an anonymous survey, however; there is a space at the end to share your name and email if you would like to explore volunteering to support our in-person services.  Make no mistake, in order to hold these services, we will need an expanded cadre of volunteers.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for taking this survey. We purposely have kept the survey short.  If you have additional ideas and opinions on the topic, I hope you will contact me personally at pastorrob@ststephensfairfax.org.  

Please be sure to submit your survey answers no later than Sunday, November 29. 

Please click here to take this quick survey now

If you know a member who does not have access to the internet but would like to take this survey, please have them call the church office so they can take the survey on the phone. 

We look forward to having a joyous, safe, Advent and Christmas season at St. Stephen’s!

Yours in Christ,

Rob Robertson
Senior Pastor
St. Stephen’s Church