How is Gethsemane responding in the face of the global pandemic, COVID-19?
Now that in-person worship has begun, please remember the following:
- Reservations are required (this includes providing us with a phone number or email should we need to contact you about an exposure)
- You must arrive by 9:25am as the doors will be locked so the greeters can attend the service.
- You will have to answer health-related questions before entering
- Masks must be worn at all times by anyone over 10 years of age
- No singing inside (except for the Sending Hymn)
- An usher will escort you out of your seat
- Please exit the building as quickly as you can after worship
- Outdoor Fellowship (coffee and donuts) will take place in the parking lot. (Limited pre-wrapped donut selection) Disposable cups and individual creamers and sugars will be
available, but you are encouraged to bring your own travel mug. Place your donut order when you make your reservation to ensure you have what you want. Please bring your own chair if you would like to sit.
UPDATE: March 12, 2021
Gethsemane is Opening for Limited In-Person Worship: On Palm Sunday, March 28th, Gethsemane will open its doors again for limited in-person worship. Reservations must be made in advance and seating is limited. Masks must be worn by all in attendance aged 10 or older, even if you have been vaccinated. Unfortunately, we are still not able to sing in the sanctuary at this time. To reserve your spot, contact the church office by Wednesday, March 24th. We are so excited to have you join us!
UPDATE: March 3, 2021
Here is the Reopening write up from the March Messenger:
"There is a lot to be excited about right now. Three possible vaccines should be available over the next couple of weeks. The numbers of confirmed cases and ICU admittance are lower than they have been in months. So, what does that mean for worship plans and the possibility of sharing Holy Communion? The Gethsemane Reopening team recently met to discuss these issues. Currently, the city of St. Louis meets two of three recommended criteria for reopening, and St. Louis county meets one. They are confident that the numbers are headed in the “right” direction and hope to announce a return to limited in-person worship this month, prior to Holy Week. What does that mean? Once the office receives the “go-ahead”, an announcement will be made with the date of the first in-person service. You will be asked to reserve your space for each service. You will be required to wear at least one mask when in the building. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose and fit tightly under the chin and around your face. Unfortunately, the GLC Stewardship masks do not meet the recommended thickness for protection and must be worn with a second mask. Participants will have their temperature and O2 level measured and requested to complete a short questionnaire. Anyone who has been tested or is in the same house hold with someone who has been recently tested, even if the result is negative, is asked to refrain from entering the church for at least 14 days from the testing. Seating will be assigned and bulletins will be placed to designate you space. Once we start celebrating Holy Communion, prepackaged juice and wafers will also be placed at your assigned location. Singing will not be allowed in the sanctuary. Please do not hesitate to contact the church office with any questions of concerns."
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change...
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."
~Psalm 46:1-2, 7
Schedule your vaccine through the state of MO here
Affina Healthcare vaccines
Free meals for children -
for K-12 (SLPS)
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services COVID Line:
United Way Resources
More information from the ELCA.org website:
Due to the nature of the virus, information is being updated on a daily basis. We encourage you to contact and listen to your local health experts and authorities concerning best practices and the status of the outbreaks in your local context. The following links may also serve as helpful resources.