COVID-19 Info

Beginning Sunday, March 13:

 

  • Masks will be encouraged, but not required for those attending in-person worship and other in-person programs and events at COS throughout the week. Masks will still be available at Sunday services for those who may need one.

  • Please join us virtually you have any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days or is you are unable to be fully vaccinated or have an underlying medical condition.​

  • At the distribution of Communion, we ask that you please use the spray sanitizer provided in the pews prior to receiving the Host. Instructions will be given on how Communion will be shared at the service.

  • Communion will be distributed in one-kind only, with the reminder that to receive in one-kind is to receive the fullness of the Sacrament. The wine in the Chalice will be consumed by the Celebrant only.​

  • If a worshiper desires a blessing instead of Communion, the blessing will be offered verbally only.​

  • Preachers, presiders, and lectors may remove their masks when reading in the chancel, unless there are standing at the altar with the communion elements present. 

  • Communion may be offered around the altar for the 9:00am service and at the Communion railing for the 7:45am and 10:45am services. If you prefer more distance, you may stand to the outside of the railings. 

  • Coffee hours follow the 9:00am and 10:45am services.

  • Greeting one another with hugs and handshakes may resume, but we please be mindful of varied comfort levels among those in our community and check in before offering a hug or a handshake. 

 

We continue to offer three Sunday services at 7:45am, 9:00am and 10:45am, with both the 9:00am and 10:45am being livestreamed as well for those who are more comfortable worshiping remotely and can be accessed via our YouTube and Facebook pages.

 

Also, if you wish to receive Communion in your home, please contact the office to schedule a visit by the Rector or a Eucharistic Minister.

 

We understand and appreciate that there will be a range of emotions within our community in response to these changes. Please know that you are lovingly and respectfully welcome at COS, whatever your comfort level, as we all continue to navigate this transition. 

We continue to offer family baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Please contact the office with any requests or questions. For wedding inquiries, please contact our Wedding Coordinator

These guidelines are reviewed periodically or as needed by our COS Reopening Committee, who make recommendations to the vestry. You may contact the office with any questions about our safety practices. 

 

 

Please follow this helpful COVID-19 dashboard updated by the city each day which displays

current data for the Chicago area, and we encourage all able persons to please get vaccinated.