February 9, 2021: Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector
I’m delighted to announce that as a result of the recent decision by the Supreme Court, the State of California amended, and San Mateo County endorsed, guidance on indoor attendance at church services. Beginning on Saturday, February 13, we will resume indoor attendance at our services! To offer the maximum number of people an opportunity to attend our services, we will use a hybrid indoor/outdoor approach.
What will remain the same:
1. All attendees will continue to receive weekly “invitations” and will need to reply promptly, or risk having their “slot” reassigned.
2. Indoor and outdoor attendees will continue to have to:
(a) declare that they meet the requirements in our Training Program, click here,
(b) wear face covering,
(c) maintain social distancing AT ALL TIMES, and
(d) avoid gathering on or near our church property before or after services.
What will change:
1. Indoor locations will be assigned in “real-time”, upon arrival to each service, generally on a first-come-first-served basis.
2. Once all indoor locations are allocated, remaining attendees will be able to occupy outdoor locations.
Please note the following, designed to ensure that we fulfill State and County guidance:
A. Attendance at services will continue to be limited to pre-scheduled individuals (by “invitation”).
B. Putting up candles and veneration of Icons INSIDE the church will be limited to BEFORE our services begin, (i.e., before 6 PM for Vigil and 9 AM for Liturgy services).
C. Persons arriving for Liturgy after 9 AM may put up candles OUTSIDE the church BEFORE the beginning of Liturgy (approximately 9:25 AM).
D. Once our services begin, all are requested to remain in their socially-distanced indoor and outdoor locations.
Please continue to pray for the wellbeing of our Church, our Parish, your fellow Parishioners, and your loved ones that these difficult times will soon transition to more normal conditions. God bless you.
BOTTOM LINE: if you have not been confirmed to attend a particular service by our Attendance Coordinator, please refrain from coming to our church services until COVID restrictions are lifted. Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to attend the service.
Please monitor updates on our Website. Our goal is to open attendance at our services as widely as permitted by State and local guidance.
For additional information please feel free to contact Dimitry Bobroff, Attendance Coordinator, at email@example.com, or Andrei Roudenko, COVID-19 Protection Plan Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.