General Guidelines for Returning to Public Worship at St. Paul’s

General Guidelines for Returning to Public Worship at St. Paul’s 

St. Paul’s is committed to charting a responsible return to in-person worship within the guidelines provided by state and local government, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our community and parish family. To that end, we have consulted with a team of healthcare professionals from our parish and continue to evolve or in-person practices.

Coming to Worship (Sunday)

We are so excited to return to in-person, indoor worship. Please note that all are welcome and advanced RSVP is not required.

  1. Parking is available in the main lots off of Pilot View across from the campus. We will have designated Handicap Parking spots assigned.
  2. To review the current in-person protocols, please click here >>
  3. Unvaccinated people should wear masks at all times.
  4. We may require an email address before entering the building in the event that contact tracing is required.
  5. Bulletins for the service will be available to download at the “Sunday” website link to print at home. There will also be hard copies at the service. Participants are always encouraged to bring their own Prayer books.
  6. We will not pass the plate during the Offertory. A basket will be located at the exit(s) for your weekly gift.
  7. Hand sanitizer is located throughout in worship space for your use.
  8. Children’s Chapel, if available, will require RSVP.

Protocols for Receiving Communion at St Paul’s

In addition to the regular safety protocols already put in plac, we have added protocols for receiving communion (bread only) that try to minimize the contact between the Celebrant and the people at the time of receiving.

For those who wish to receive communion, please use hand sanitizer and come forward, socially distanced, still wearing your mask, and put your palms out to receive the bread.  The Celebrant will keep their mask on, sanitize their hands, and will place a wafer in your palm.  Please return to your seat before lifting your mask to eat the bread, then pull your mask back over your mouth and nose, and use hand sanitizer again. 

After all have received bread, the Celebrant will commune themselves and then clear the altar.