Sanctuary Address 185 S. Center St. Orange Ca 92866
Walker Hall Address 184 S. Shaffer St. Orange Ca 92866
Mailing Address 154 S. Shaffer St. Orange Ca 92866
April 27, 2021
-- New CDC Guidelines Regarding -- M A S K S & V A C C I N A T I O N S
PLEASE NOTE: New CDC guidelines allow for individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to go without a mask at outdoor activities. St. John's will no longer be monitoring mask wearing at the OUTDOOR worship services. Everyone is welcome to worship with us at St. John’s and we encourage you to make positive choices for your health and the heath and safety of our St. John's Family.
// COVID UPDATE: February 12, 2021 //
Dear Family of Faith,
We have endured much together as a congregation and have endured with grace, and love, and a deep abiding faith in Jesus Christ. I am grateful for each one you -- for hearts filled with the love of Jesus and your amazing commitment to St. John’s Orange. As anticipated, we will be able to make the move back to indoor worship services.
“I was glad when they said unto me, let us go unto the house of the Lord.”
With the recent Supreme Court ruling we are proceeding with plans to resume indoor services.
Beginning on Sunday, February 21, we will introduce the following schedule:
8:30 am In-Person Worship Services in both The Sanctuary and Walker Hall Auditorium. Seating is limited so RSVP is required.
9:00 am In-Person Outdoor Service Under the TENTS. (just as we have been doing for the past several months) NO RSVP is needed for this service!
10:30 am In-Person Worship Services in both The Sanctuary and Walker Hall Auditorium. Seating is limited so RSVP is required.
8:30 am Live-Stream Worship from The Sanctuary. Available On-Demand after the live stream.
10:30 am Live-Stream Worship from Walker Hall Auditorium. Available On-Demand after the live stream.
We are taking a crawl/walk/run approach. Crawling is the first few weeks: figuring out the new flow and rhythm of Sunday mornings. At this point we do not have updated guidelines from the state, so we will be using the best information we have and operating in good faith to keep everyone safe. We will have limited capacity, mask wearing, and some limitations on singing. We also will be figuring out what it will take to clean the venues after each service. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this phase.
Once we get our legs underneath us, we hope to add more elements to the services as well as hospitality in the courtyard. We are in the process of figuring out the best and safest way to have food and drink in our Courtyard between services. Many of us have been longing for community and we are anxious to safely enjoy this type of opportunity fellowship together.
Once we are walking strong, we will gain momentum and start running. This will mean more people, less restrictions, less ambiguity, and a greater sense of a new normal. More than likely, we will still be distancing and masking for a while as we gain speed.
Safety is of the utmost importance. While we will make an extra effort to maintain the warmth and communal nature of worship, safety is our priority. We will need to practice distancing, but we will not be; assigning seats, escorting in and out of the venues, or closing off sections. Our venues, however, will need to be limited on capacity. We will work kindly and graciously to accommodate everyone. An online RSVP and safety waiver will be needed for Indoor services ONLY. No RSVP will be needed for the 9am Outdoor Service as of Sunday, FEB 21.
It's a marvelous blessing to have this opportunity to bring new traditions, build new culture and even more, to gather together in the house of the Lord. I realize that each of us has a unique perspective on attending gatherings right now. If you have been timid about attending in-person worship I’d encourage you to try the 9am Outdoor Service first. These have been wonderful worship experiences and there’s something deeply refreshing for me in being outdoors. If you have been raring and ready to go, now is your time. I join you in that enthusiasm. If you have overscheduled your Sunday mornings with something else, I encourage you to start leaning back into faithful weekly worship. I believe that embracing the idea of Sabbath rest and having a day that is truly “the Lord’s Day” provides a powerful anchor point for us in a pandemic or post-pandemic world.
So here we go! Crawl ᐅWalk ᐅRun. The first weeks will be the most difficult, but we will get through them together. We are the people of God and I ask Him to bless us with glad hearts as we take these first steps toward a renewed walk with the Lord Jesus.
Grace and Peace are yours,
Rev. Timothy M. Klinkenberg
Frequently Asked Questions
UPDATED APR 30, 2021
IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE
Who can attend in-person worship services?
Anyone who is not showing known symptoms of COVID-19 is welcome to attend. We encourage people who might be more vulnerable to the virus to make prayerful and wise decisions about what is best for their personal health. That applies to those 65 and older and those with underlying health issues.
Are senior adults welcome?
Safety is a priority. The CDC's recommendations and the recommendations extended by the State of California encourage people age 65 and older and people with compromised immune systems to stay home as much as possible. Because of love and care for our people, St. John’s strongly encourages those in these at-risk groups to very, strongly consider the risks of attending gatherings of this kind. That being said, we will not stop any individual from attending if they do not show symptoms of illness.
Do I need an online reservation in order to attend?
Yes. Reservations are necessary for indoor services. Current state guidelines require us to provide space for physical distance. An RSVP is NOT needed for the Outdoor Worship Services.
We recognize this possibility. We ask for your patience and understanding. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone who wants to attend. If you are unable to obtain a reservation, we invite and encourage you to attend the 9AM Outdoor Service or... worship with us ONLINE.
Are children welcome?
Yes! Children are welcome if they are not showing known symptoms of COVID-19 and can safely follow guidelines. No childcare or children’s programming will be provided. Children must sit with a parent or guardian.
HYGIENE / PROTECTION
Is St. John’s following CDC and Health Department regulations and guidelines?
Yes. COVID-19 is still impacting our community, and your safety and health is important to us. Keep in mind that any movement outside of your home does carry with it certain risks, especially where large numbers of people are gathered. All worship venues are sanitized before and after services and restrooms are cleaned after every use. Hand sanitizer is available for all worshipers. And as always, individuals the feeling under the weather or are considered “high -risk” are encouraged to worship with us online.
Are masks required?
YES, please wear a mask while attending INDOOR events and worship services. Current guidelines require this. M A S K S & V A C C I N A T I O N S As of May 2021, CDC guidelines allow for individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to go without a mask at outdoor activities. St. John's will no longer be monitoring mask wearing at the OUTDOOR worship services. Everyone is welcome to worship with us at St. John’s and we encourage you to make positive choices for your health and the heath and safety of our St. John's Family.
Is hand sanitizer provided?
Yes, hand sanitizer is in various locations on St. John’s campus. Attendees are encouraged to use it. You may also provide your own.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES
What are the in-person services like?
The services will follow a familiar format and flow that you are used to at St. John’s, with a few modifications to accommodate physical distancing and safety. You will be welcomed at check-in tables where we will confirm your reservation and take temperatures. We encourage you to use your smartphone or tablet to view the Online Bulletin. Lyrics and other elements will be shown on the screens.
*For the Outdoor Services: Please bring your own CHAIR.
Yes, worship services continue to be offered online each week. CHURCH ONLINE will be Live-Streamed Sunday mornings at 8:30am from The Sanctuary and at 10:30am from Walker Hall Auditorium.
Will there be communion?
YES, we will be offering The Lord's Supper at worship services.
OTHER ST. JOHN’S ACTIVITIES
When will groups begin meeting on St. John’s campus?
Some groups are now beginning to meet on campus. (with masks and rsvp lists)
Are Life Groups and Bible Studies able to meet on their own? Each group can decide on their own if they want to gather in person off campus while following social distancing guidelines and other necessary precautions.
Are the church and school offices open?
St. John’s school and church offices are open and observing current safety guidelines.
A Special Inauguration Discussion with Pastor Tim and Pastor Trevor. Our nation, like our faith, is strong. Our discussions are robust and impactful. And the Lord is present in all we do. He is with us now and He is with us always. Join Pastor Klinkenberg and Pastor Van Blarcom in a intriguing discussion about Christian faith in a time of politics and transition.
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
JANUARY 6, 2021
A special video message from Pastor Tim concerning today's events.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the goodof those who love him, whohave been calledaccording to his purpose.29 For those God foreknewhe also predestinedto be conformed to the image of his Son,that he might be the firstbornamong many brothers and sisters.30 And those he predestined,he also called;those he called, he also justified;those he justified, he also glorified.
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things?If God is for us,who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son,but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?33 Who will bring any chargeagainst those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.34 Who then is the one who condemns?No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of Godand is also interceding for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerorsthrough him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future,nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is a MISSION...
St. John’s is reaching out to help during this historically unique time. We’re just getting started and we know that many of you are looking for ways to spread HOPE during this season.
People from the community come to receive fresh, healthy food for their families on the 4th Saturday of every month. In partnership with Second Harvest and Cool Water Ministry, we give eight tons of food to more than 100 families each month. [LEARN MORE]
Join us in partnering with GRACEWORKS, Kenya. The need for funds to feed and care for the children in the Graceworks program has doubled due to COVID-19. But now with Locusts hitting Kenya, their need is at an all-time high. All donations given will help to ensure the vulnerable children and their families at Graceworks have food and... [LEARN MORE]
Health and Safety is a Priority
STATE GUIDELINES The state guidelines for large gatherings are in effect until further notice.
WORSHIP SERVICES HAVE MOVED ONLINE On Sundays we will broadcast a single service that will be streamed at 9:30am. Please worship with us ONLINE. The online services will be available for re-play at any time. We have Sunday School resources Online as well!