At St. John’s, the Safe Operating Task Force and Church Council have been guiding our changes in operations due to COVID-19. The following guidelines were passed in August 2022 and affirmed by the Church Council December 2022.

We will continue to follow the CDC’s guidance, using the weekly Rice County community risk levels to determine our masking practices. We will make it easy to know what to do by including this risk level in our weekly E-Voice and by using signs on the entrances.

When Rice County is RED:

  • We will use masks at both worship services and when moving throughout the building.

  • We will continue the current policy of allowing leaders and members of group activities to make their own decisions once the group is in place. This includes removing masks if desired at coffee, once seated.

  • We will follow the same guidelines for funerals.

When Rice County is YELLOW or GREEN:

  • Masks will be optional at both Sunday services and funerals.

  • We know that some people will continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons and we welcome that.

  • Small groups and their leaders may continue to decide what is best for their groups.