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COVID-19 Updates

Updated: March 2022

updated: march 2022

Easing Restrictions

The Healthy Church Team met on Tuesday, March 8 and because daily new cases of covid now in the low range, have made the following changes:


  • Mount Olivet will switch to the CDC Community Level website for setting/removing restrictions effective March 9. Arlington has been in the green (low) range for the past few weeks.


  • Effective Monday, March 14, Mount Olivet will be 'mask optional' except for the Gathering Space and Sanctuary from 7 AM until 9:45 AM on Sundays. Staff must still be mask when around preschool students because teachers will be masked.


  • The 8:30 service resumed on March 20. It will be 'mask-required' to be welcoming to those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or still wary of going maskless. Choir and leaders may remove masks during anthem/sermon/liturgy.


  • Effective March 14, a common loaf may be used for Holy Communion. This means that communion servers, after sanitizing their hands, will place a piece of bread in worshipers hands as they come forward. No juice will be served. Instead, the Celebrant will drink the juice on behalf of the congregation. A few sealed communion sets will still be available outside the worship spaces for people who may prefer this. We will still use sealed communion sets at the 8:30 service.


  • We will no longer require social distancing but recommend a three (3) foot social distance, instead.

Quarantine Angels

One of the ways we will watch over one another in love, is what we have named Quarantine Angels. 

 

If you are suffering from or caring for someone with covid, you may feel cut off from getting the basic necessities during a time of self-quarantine. Please reach out to your Sunday School or Small Group, or contact Tina,  if you have needs such as grocery shopping, or picking up a prescription at the pharmacy. 

 

Contact: Tina Marcus | tmarcus@mtolivet-umc.org | 703-527-3934


Covid-19 Policies

Indoor Worship

  • Masks are optional except from 7 - 9:45 AM on Sundays to allow a safe space for those attending the 8:30 Worship service.


  • We recommend social distancing at least three feet.


  • Effective March 14, a common loaf may be used for Holy Communion. This means that communion servers, after sanitizing their hands, will place a piece of bread in worshipers hands as they come forward. No juice will be served. Instead, the Celebrant will drink the juice on behalf of the congregation. A few sealed communion sets will still be available outside the worship spaces for people who may prefer this. We will still use sealed communion sets at the 8:30 service.

Children in Worship

  • No nursery care is currently being provided. Children under the age of 2 cannot be vaccinated, nor wear masks but may attend worship. Unvaccinated attendees should be aware of this potential risk.



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