// COVID-19 UPDATE //
OCT. 12, 2020
CURRENT WORSHIP SCHEDULE:
• 8:00 am Service In-Person AND Live-Streamed from The Sanctuary
• 9:00 am Outdoor Service under the tents
• 10:30am Service In-Person AND Live-Streamed from Walker Hall
• 6:00 pm Outdoor Service under the tents
OUTDOOR Worship Services are limited to 300 people.
Reservations are REQUIRED.
On Campus on the School Yard (BYOC – Bring Your Own Chair) Please see the FAQ section for more details about the on-campus services.
MAKE A RESERVATION
Celebrate Recovery has Resumed
Each Saturday at 7pm in The GARAGE
Celebrate Recovery is a Biblically-Based Program that addresses all types of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Thousands of people have found peace and healing through this program. Only one out of three who attend are dealing with alcohol or drug issues. FIND FREEDOM - THIS IS FOR EVERYONE.
7pm: worship, prayer, speaker (personal testimony or lesson), 8pm: open-share groups (separate for men & women)
Impacts of Social Distancing
Seating in the OUTDOOR worship service is limited for now to allow for social distancing. Therefore, you must reserve a seat making an online reservation if you plan to attend.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate walk-ins – an online reservation is required.
Sunday 9:00am – Church ONLINE / Live Stream from The Sanctuary
Sunday 10:30am – Church ONLINE / Live Stream from Walker Hall Auditorium
Frequently Asked Questions
UPDATED SEPT 10, 2020
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 because the current state guidelines require us to limit our attendance and provide space for physical distance between attendees. Walk-ins will not be allowed.
How do I make a reservation to attend worship?
We have a simple online process to make your reservation Click here to make a reservation.
What if reservations fill up and I can’t get in?
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 worship with us online. The 9am and the 10:30am services will be Live Streamed.
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.
Social Distancing / How will seating be managed in the worship services?
Since seating capacity is reduced based on local or state guidelines, St. John’s is ensuring that proper distancing is maintained during all worship services. Part of that process is asking you to reserve a seat for the worship service you plan to attend! This allows us to manage the number of people attending each service and provide for the physical distance that is required. Click here to make a reservation. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.
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 on the St. John's campus. Current guidelines require this. All volunteers and staff members will be required to wear masks.
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 do a brief health check. We will not provide Paper Bulletins, Hymnals, or Bibles. We encourage you to use your smartphone or tablet to view the Online Bulletin and bring your own Bible if desired. Lyrics and responsive elements will be shown on the screens. Sharing of the Peace, Passing of the Offering Plate and Communion will be offered at the 6pm, outdoor service.
*For the Outdoor Services, worshipers are required to bring their own chairs.
MAKE A RESERVATION
Are worship services still offered online?
Yes, worship services continue to be offered online each week. Church Online will be Live-Steamed Sunday mornings at 9am form The Sanctuary and at 10:30am from Walker Hall Auditorium.
Will there be communion?
We will be offering The Lord's Supper at the Outdoor Services.
OTHER ST. JOHN’S ACTIVITIES
When will groups begin meeting on St. John’s campus?
No date has been set for when groups will start meeting again on our campus.
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.
What is the plan for VBS this year?
Were are thrilled to offer VBS at Home this year! (June 22-26) With an exciting 5 days including a video-chapel, adventures, games, stories and more, your children can experience VBS like never before. Our team has been hard at work to prepare for this special week, so be sure to check out VBS 2020 on our website and on social media.
When will Sunday School open?
While we are currently unable to offer Sunday School in-person for our littlest worshipers, we are excited to encourage you to enjoy our online experience: Sunday School At Home.
Are the church and school offices open?
St. John’s school and church offices are open with a modified schedule and observing all safety guidelines.
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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.
Here's how you can help:
American Red Cross Blood Drive at St.John's Orange. One donation can save 3 lives. Please make an appointment ONLINE prior to the event. [LEARN MORE]
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 answering the call to support vulnerable children in Orange County and the families who care for them. [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]
Senne Field Project
APRIL 22, 2020
Dear St John’s Family,
What a unique time this is. New challenges have kept us all on our toes and caused us to see the special brighter moments to life. Becoming more grateful for conveniences we may have taken for granted and creatively finding new ways to connect with one another, keep commerce going, continue to learn and continue to worship. We are indeed comforted by God’s love, grace and promise that he will never leave us.
We hope you’ve been able to experience some “silver lining” moments yourself – perhaps more time with family, or the opportunity to work on a home project that had been on your to do list for a while.
At St John’s we’ve been able to do the same. In addition to providing ways for our families to connect digitally through social media, our website, and streaming services, we’ve also taken advantage of our fairly empty campus to move forward with some upgrades and maintenance tasks that have been on our lists. We are anxious for you to enjoy our beautiful campus once again very soon.
One area of campus that we are excited for you to see when you return is our beloved Senne Field. As some of you may recall, St. John’s received a very generous designated gift at the close of 2019 for the renovation of our Field. Those funds were committed prior to the Covid-19 restrictions and as a result, we have been able to take advantage of what the construction industry is calling a “second summer” and begin work on the project this week – a full two months earlier than expected! Our contractors will begin demo this week and the entire project is anticipated to run about 4-6 weeks.
We will have updates posted for you on social media throughout the project so even though you won’t be able to view the progress in person, you’ll have the chance to watch the transformation at home! Make sure you follow both the church and school on all social media platforms for all the latest information and updates!
Keep Safe and Many Blessings,
Rev. Tim Klinkenberg, Senior Pastor
Dr. Jake Hollatz, School Principal
Mrs. Betsy Kunau, Director of Strategic Ministry Operations
Health and Safety is a Priority
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!
IF YOU NEED HELP
We want to help. If you have a need due to the virus outbreak and have not been contacted yet, please contact us. [click below]
JOIN THE COVID-19 CARE TEAM
Our Care and Outreach teams are working to assess needs related to the COVID-19 outbreak and precautions. If you can help us reach out - please click below.
JOIN THE TEAM
OFFICES ARE CLOSED
Church and School Offices are closed but our teams are still working and available to you.
ALL ON-CAMPUS EVENTS & GATHERINGS ARE SUSPENDED
No events will be held on St. John's campus until further notice. This includes worship and school, events, groups, and gatherings.
Stay plugged into the One True Power Source: JESUS! We've got resources for you.
Sunday, November 08, 2020, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD DURING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
- One donation can save 3 lives. Monday, July 6, 9am - 3pm - Please register online before the event, no walk-ins due to covid-19
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