St. Andrew’s is in a time when we are as active as ever but in new ways. Our worship and ministry continues and is as important as it ever has been. As we look towards an eventual regathering, we too look to an active and vital ministry here and now.
We too are taking steps to plan a safe regathering with guidance from national and local authorities in addition to our own diocese. We will provide updates and faith resources on this page.
The main health metric we look to as we seek to re-enter our building is for Fairfax County and surrounding areas to have fewer than 5 positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000.
We have received the following permissions:
- 07/02/21 – This week, we lift most restrictions for worship, all of them, in fact, except the wearing of masks. You will no longer need to register nor will you be required to remain socially distant! We recognize that not all of us will be of the exact same level of comfort as we come back. We thank you for your patience as your vestry and regathering team work to make the best decisions on behalf of our whole community.
While we have welcomed our AA groups during the pandemic, we are beginning to welcome some other groups back into the building. Our Vestry and Priest-in-Charge supports the return of some groups we have hosted in the past including welcoming back the Peace Islamic Center into the parish hall on Friday afternoons. This is also a reminder that as we re-gather our ministries, we will need to coordinate with the church office to ensure we do not double-book space. Thank you for your help!
- 06/04/21 – This weekend, June 5th and 6th, we will regather for indoor worship at all three of our services. We will continue to follow guidance provided for congregate settings of mixed vaccination status which includes:
Communion – Bread Only (considered full Eucharistic participation)
Guided foot traffic patterns
As our health metrics continue to improve, we will adjust these precautions. As of June 3rd, the 7-day average for new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax county was 1.8 per 100,000, which keeps us in the low yellow level (medium risk). This is about 20 cases in a population of about 1.4 million. The “green zone” is 1 case and under per 100,000. While we continue to take precautions, we are also able to do so much more in our worship such as singing, partaking in the Eucharist, some fellowship after services, and more!
- 05/14/21 – The CDC provided guidance on May 13, 2021, which limited times for wearing masks both indoors and outdoors. Governor Northam has kept indoor mask wearing mandates and lifted much of outdoor mask wearing. Our Bishop provided communication today which lifts mask requirements outdoors. Indoors, we will still be in masks.
While there has been guidance that you may resume more activities once you are vaccinated, we will not include vaccination status for worship attendance.
This Sunday, May 16, 2021, we will not require masks at outdoor worship. However, we will continue to remain at 6 feet of distance from each other. We will also welcome singing back to the church and I pray that we are ready to sing loudly for all of Burke to hear!
- 05/07/21 – This week, we will open our 8:00 a.m. service up, which will still be in the 10:00 a.m. format, slightly for 25 people. In addition to the 25 people, we will have about 10 ministry volunteers. We especially encourage you to attend if you are interested in volunteering.
Also, the Bishops have provided new guidance in the Diocese which we will begin incorporating into our worship and community life. Here are some of the highlights:
- We will still wear masks and physically distance outdoors and indoors
- We may sing in masks outdoors as a congregation. We may also have a soloist or small ensemble and other instruments with appropriate protections. At this time we may not sing as a congregation indoors, but we may hold choir rehearsal.
- We may have Eucharist in one kind (the bread) and we are working on these logistics.
- There is some loosening of pastoral visitation requirements with fully vaccinated individuals.
- We may return Bibles and Prayer Books to the sanctuary (we did remove them for our return).
- For Educational and non-worship activities, we may follow the same guidelines for worship, which means we may offer some indoor formation activity if we desire.
- Given the low risk of surface transmission, we are not required to sanitize as thoroughly if sufficient time has passed in an occupied space.
- 03/19/21 – This Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, we will begin our outdoor worship services again. These services will follow the same procedures as they did this past fall with each group remaining in their designated parking spot and following all safe procedures such as remaining six feet apart and wearing masks. We continue to prepare for an eventual re-gathering indoors following a careful plan approved by the diocese. We will be able to consider returning indoors once Fairfax County is consistently under a 7 day average of 10 cases (or fewer) per 100,000. As of today, Friday, March 19, we are slightly up from last week to 12.1 cases per 100,000. When we return, we will continue to offer online worship opportunities.
- 02/23/21 – The Diocese has released new guidelines for when we can regather under certain circumstances. When cases reach an average of 25 (or fewer) cases per 100,000 in Fairfax County, we may resume outdoor services under our approved plans. When cases reach 10 cases (or fewer) per 100,000, we may consider regathering indoors with our approved plans. Once we meet health markers, we may decide as a parish whether we should regather. As of February 23, 2021, Fairfax County had 17.5 cases per 100,000.
- 01/15/21 – Diocese of Virginia has asked that we pause all outdoor and indoor worship throughout the diocese until further notice.
- 12/18/20 – Bishop Susan issues directive to refrain from outdoor worship except for Christmas.
- 12/04/20 – Our plan for regathering indoors (once we meet health metrics) approved by the Diocese of Virginia.
- 11/18/20 – Renewed approval to record or have live worship streamed from the Sanctuary with up to 10 participants.
- 11/16/20 – AA limited to 25 people Indoors.
- 10/21/20 – Vestry approves indoor gatherings for AA (with strict guidelines)
- 08/25/20 – Permission from the Diocese to hold worship services outside with up to 83 participants
- 07/13/20 – Vestry Approved Preschool plan for re-opening in full support
If you are frustrated trying to navigate the vaccine system and need help getting an appointment -OR- if you are willing to help someone work through this system, please contact Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hopefully all who wish to be vaccinated will be able to accomplish it by summer!
We continue to have high quality, online worship at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Sunday, and 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. We will hold outdoor worship, weather permitting, at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Outdoor formation will continue every other week at 11:00 a.m. with a 45 degree temperature threshold. If we fall below 45 degrees, formation will continue online. Adult formation, every other week, will continue to be online on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
- Sundays @ 9:00 a.m.
- Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Please reach out to Father Will Packard (email@example.com) and/or email prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.