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Orlando, FL 32819
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St. Luke’s Worship

Registration for on-campus worship at St. Luke’s will open on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. each week.

When registering, please select one of two in-person service styles:

Contemporary at 9:15 a.m. in Founder’s Hall

Traditional at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Children’s programming for infants through 5th graders during both on-campus worship services is also available (space is limited, registrations on a first-come basis).

St. Luke’s will continue to offer both worship service styles and times listed above live on Facebook. If you feel sick, or if you are in a high-risk health group, please do not visit St. Luke’s campus. Please monitor yourself closely for symptoms of COVID-19 to keep your neighbors safe. A completed Health Declaration Form is required upon arrival to St. Luke’s campus or prior to participation in St. Luke’s in-person ministries on or off-campus (the date and time of your submission are automatically recorded). A link to this form will be included in your registration confirmation email.

ON-CAMPUS WORSHIP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Is a new registration needed each week?

A: Yes, a new registration is required each week. Registration will open on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m., and will close once the venue has reached its reservation capacity for this phase.

Q: How often can I worship on-campus?

A: While the Sanctuary and Founder’s Hall capacity is limited in this phase of St. Luke’s Campus Reopening Plan, please consider a mixture of online and on-campus worship to allow space for all those wishing to worship on-campus.

Q: Is there a deadline to register for worship?

A: Yes. In this phase of St. Luke’s Campus Reopening Plan, on-campus worship will be limited. We ask that you fill out an online reservation form once registration opens each week. Registration will close once the venue has reached its reservation capacity for this phase.

Q: Am I reserving specific seats?

A: Registration does not include specific seats. When you enter the worship venue, a St. Luke’s Worship Host will guide you to a seating area based on the number of people in your party. Please refrain from changing seats once you are seated. Please do not rearrange seating areas.

Q: Can I attend a service I didn’t register for?

A: In order to accommodate as many worshipers as possible, in a manner that is safe for St. Luke’s congregation and staff, we ask that you make every effort to register before arriving on campus for on-campus worship. Limited walk-in seating may be available but is not guaranteed.

Q: Do I need to cancel a reservation if I am not able to attend?

A: Yes, please email Luky Nova to cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend so that we can accommodate other on-campus worshipers.

Q: Will we be wearing masks?

A: Yes. Masks are required anytime you are on the St. Luke’s campus for the safety of yourself and those around you. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. If it is not possible for you to wear a mask while on St. Luke’s campus for worship, please join us for online worship. Pastors and other worship leaders will also be wearing masks unless actively speaking or singing.

Q: What precautions is St. Luke’s taking to help keep worshipers safe?

A: St. Luke’s is taking the following precautions (based on guidance from the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and the CDC):

  • Limiting capacity – in this phase of St. Luke’s Reopening Plan, the seating capacity in the worship venues will be limited.
  • Taking temperatures at the door – each person entering the worship venue will get their temperature checked. Those who register a temperature higher than 100.4 will be invited to worship online.
  • Encouraging social distancing – please keep six feet between you/your group and others.
  • Managing traffic flow to worship entrances and exits – Worship Hosts will guide worshipers to and from seating.
  • Requiring face coverings – face coverings that cover your nose and mouth completely are required when on St. Luke’s campus for anyone over the age of 2 (a face shield can be worn in addition, but not in place of a face covering).
  • Disinfecting and sanitizing regularly – the worship space will be disinfected regularly along with high-touch areas such as door handles; we have installed multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout our campus, please use these frequently as you pass them.
  • Promoting contactless greetings – please do not hug, touch, or get close to individuals who are not members of your household; alternative greetings include a smile, wave, nod, etc.
  • Arranging socially distant seating – once seated, we ask that you remain in that location for the duration of the service. Please do not rearrange seating areas.
  • Reducing unnecessary contact – high-touch items like Bibles, hymnals, offering envelopes, and Connection Cards have been removed from the pews and printed material will not be distributed. Please download the St. Luke’s Orlando app to access supplemental worship materials.
  • Temporarily suspending refreshments – coffee and donuts will not be available. Please refrain from bringing outside food and beverages into the worship venues because consuming these items would require the removal of face coverings.

Q: Will we be singing in worship?

A: Due to the abundance of research on singing as a “super-spreading behavior” we will be asking you to not sing in worship. We invite you to worship through music by paying close attention to the words of the songs in a worshipful way, and you may whisper or hum under your mask, but we ask that you please do not sing. Our worship leaders will help you remember this, and our musicians will be spaced at additional distance in order to provide the safest possible environment for our musicians and congregation while still leading us in worship.

Q: Can I come early/stay after worship to visit with friends?

A: We miss seeing our church family, too, and wish we could stay for a longer visit, however we ask that for the health and safety of those on-campus, everyone please maintain six feet distance between yourself and other parties while entering and exiting worship.

When you arrive on campus, please follow the directional arrows to the main entrance of Founder’s Hall or the Sanctuary (depending on the service style you registered for), where you will be greeted by a Worship Host. A Host will check your temperature and ask about the number of individuals in your party before guiding you to your seat. Please follow all instructions from Worship Hosts and do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the service you registered for.

When the worship service is over, Worship Hosts will dismiss everyone row by row, and invite you to exit via designated exit doors. As you exit, we ask that you please not linger in the worship venue or in walkways so that we can expedite this new exit procedure.

Q: Will we be passing the offering plate/basket?

A: We encourage you to use online giving, give via the St. Luke’s Orlando app (download it here) or contact Andrea Whisnant for help in setting up recurring giving. If you choose to give in person, offering boxes are available as you enter the Sanctuary or Founder’s Hall. We will not pass offering plates during the service.

Q: Will restroom capacity be limited?

A: Yes, restrooms will have limited capacity to accommodate social distancing.

Q: Will childcare or Sunday School be available on campus?

A: Children’s programming for infants through 5th graders during both on-campus worship services is also available (space is limited, registrations on a first-come basis). Look for all-new age-appropriate lessons, events, and programs by visiting st.lukes.org/children.

Q: Will youth Sunday School be available on campus?

A: For more details and updates about Youth Ministries email St. Luke’s Youth Ministries or visit the St. Luke’s Youth webpage.


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