Changes to COVID Guidelines: In light of the CDC’s recent announcement regarding masking for fully-vaccinated people, the bishop has given churches the liberty to determine what COVID guidelines we will continue to implement. The Regathering Committee will meet next week to create a comprehensive plan for future worship. For now, the following changes will go into effect immediately: · Masks will be recommended but not required for outdoor worship or fellowship for those who are vaccinated. · Social distancing will not be required outside. · Congregational singing will be allowed inside with masks. · Ushers will no longer seat people and people can exit from the most convenient door. · Ushers will no longer take people’s temperatures when they enter. · People from separate families can share a pew if they choose to do so. The following will remain unchanged for the immediate future: · Masks will be required for indoor worship and fellowship. · Registration will be required for both indoor and outdoor worship. · Communion will remain the same. · The ropes separating the pews will remain.
Spring/Summer 2021 Service Times: Starting this Sunday, May 23, will be moving to two services: one indoors at 9:15am, and another outdoors at 10:45am. The 9:15am service will continue to be live streamed to the church YouTube channel. In the event of rain or temperatures above 85 degrees, the outdoor service will be moved indoors.
Playground Dedication on Pentecost: On Pentecost, May 23, following the 10:45am outdoor service, we will have a dedication ceremony for the new(ish) playground. The playground will be dedicated to the memory of Tommy Sinclair. While we will not have our traditional picnic, there will be plenty of food and fellowship. We encourage all who are able to attend!
Calling All Graduates: Do you have someone in your household graduating from high school, college or graduate school? We would love to feature them in our June newsletter! Please send their picture, the name of the school they are graduating from, and where they are going (if known) to gro.notpmahsnhojts@snoitacinummoc by May 25.
St. John’s team to Clean the Bay: We hope you will join our Clean the Bay Day team on Saturday, June 5. By participating in Clean the Bay Day 2021, our team has taken the pledge to get outside, pick up litter, and work to improve the well-being of the 18 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals that call the watershed home. We will meet in the parking lot across from the Virginia Air & Space Science Center at 9am. Our goal is to clean the public land from the Center to the end of Mill Point Park. If you are unable to join us, please consider donating to Chesapeake Bay Foundation in our team’s name. Cris from the Hampton Clean City Commission is loaning us equipment (bags, gloves, vests, and poles to pick up trash remotely) once again. For those interested, we plan on a “bring your own picnic” afterwards. For more information or to sign up, contact Linda McMahon at email@example.com.
Plaque and Contextual Marker for the Confederate Memorial: We have ordered the plaque and contextual marker for our Confederate Memorial. The vestry voted unanimously to use the funds from our Memorial Fund to cover the expense. The Memorial Fund is not part of the operating budget. Neither your pledge nor your Sunday offering is part of the Memorial Fund. This fund is made up of undesignated donations from members and nonmembers. The donations are meant to be used for tangible items associated with the church. For instance, we used the Memorial Fund to purchase the torches that the acolytes carry, robes for Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and a repair to one of our cruets (what is used to hold the wine). Most recently we used the Memorial Fund for audio visual equipment. There is plenty of money in this fund to cover the cost of the plaque and contextual marker. If you feel passionately about this project, you may donate to the Memorial Fund.
Bible Study on Isaiah: We are currently working on the beginning section of Isaiah. We are still meeting via Zoom on Wednesdays at 3pm and may be moving to a “hybrid” of both in person and via Zoom. Use this link. Questions? Contact gro.notpmahsnhojts@rotcertnatsissa or 757-722-2567. Drop-ins are always welcomed!
Monday Night Book Club: We started the book Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. For this week, read up to Part 2. Don’t forget to bring ideas for our next book to Monday’s session. If you are interested in joining us, let Linda McMahon know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chanco on the James: Summer Jobs and Info about Summer Camp! Chanco on the James Camp and Retreat Center is HIRING SUMMER CAMP STAFF: Positions include counselor, sailing instructor, ropes course staff, and photographer. Benefits include housing, meals, training and compensation. Email gro.ocnahc@smargorp for an application or more information. LEARN MORE ABOUT ATTENDING SUMMER CAMP: Informational Zoom on May 22 from 1-5pm.