COVID-19 Info and Updates

Redeemer COVID-19 Updates

Last Updated: Friday, June 4, 2021 - This page is subject to change based on the direction and recommendations of the Redeemer COVID Task Force, the CDC, the ELCA Southeastern Synod, and the State of Georgia
As we are able to begin returning to limited-capacity in-person worship in the sanctuary each Sunday at 9 am and 11 am, the following information will help you decide whether you are comfortable returning and what to expect when you arrive on Sunday morning.
Additional information is available in the tabs below for more information on Protocol Updates, FAQs, and further information from our COVID-19 Task Force
Surgical masks worn as a defense against the spreading pandemic of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

BEFORE ARRIVING

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to worship.

Please make sure each person attending has answered the simple online health form on Sunday morning before you come to church. This will take the place of our “pew pads” and provide us with important information if contact tracing is needed. Filling this out ahead of your arrival will save any delays when entering the building.

Bring a small glass or cup for communion for each person or family. We will have extras in case anyone forgets and leaves theirs at home. Bringing your own will be safer and will help clean-up and eliminate waste.

Also, remember to bring your face covering! They are required for everyone over two-years-old.

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PARKING

Parking spaces in the lot immediately behind the church building will be reserved for anyone with physical challenges.

All others are invited to park in the 4th Street lot or the parking deck.

The 4th Street lot is now a paid lot (but free for Redeemer members/visitors). You do NOT need a ticket to park on Sunday morning. One of our safety staff will be present in the 4th Street lot in case you have any questions.

The parking garage  will be open for free church parking on Sunday mornings.  Please take a ticket when you enter the garage AND bring it with you.  Our safety staff will be distributing the special stickers you will need to affix to your parking ticket in order to exit the lot after worship without paying the parking free.

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UPON ARRIVING

Please enter through the office/library door to check in. Your health questionnaire (below) will be confirmed and a face covering provided if needed.

You will be directed to the narthex to enter the sanctuary. While we cannot offer open seating at this time, an usher will direct you to a pew prepared for a group of your size, where you will find your bulletin already placed on the pew.

Offerings can be placed in the plate as you enter. Plus, you can always give online.

Please continue to use the Prayer Request form at the bottom of the Online Worship page or our Prayer Wall for any prayer requests that you may have.

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DURING WORSHIP

We will continue to wear face coverings at all times while engaged in worship-related activities.

You are encouraged to participate fully (kneel, stand, speak responses, etc.). Our music will be led either by our organist and a fully vaccinated choir, who will be masked and seated in the balcony, or by our jazz trio, who will be physically distanced from the congregation.

Fully vaccinated congregants in the sanctuary may sing while masked.  Those who are not yet vaccinated should “sing in spirit” but are encouraged to participate in spoken, responsive reading.

Communion

HOLY COMMUNION

In order to distribute communion safely and to allow those Livestreaming the service to participate via Zoom, communion will take place at the end of the service.

Following the postlude, you will be directed through the parlor door (via the sanctuary door by the baptismal font at the front and right of the chancel) and proceed outdoors to the rear parking lot (or to Sims Atrium if there is inclement weather).

Please remain in your family group, distanced appropriately, and walk to the open-air communion area.

Once everyone has arrived, you will receive instructions on the distribution of communion. If you forgot to bring a cup, one will be provided for you.

Please complete and submit before attending a Worship Service

Current COVID-19 Protocols at Redeemer

Phased Reopening of Church Activities

In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, Redeemer’s building remains presumptively closed during the week except for essential functions such as worship preparation, facilities maintenance, the Midtown Lutheran Preschool, and the Lutheran Community Food Ministry.  

However, small groups of fully vaccinated* members of Redeemer may gather for study or service once their event has been approved by the COVID-19 Task Force. 

Please have one member of the group submit the form below on behalf of the group for approval.

*Fully vaccinated means a person has received both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine AND two weeks have passed since the date of the final, required shot.

What are the new service times and formats?

Our 9am service features the music of our jazz trio and the 11am service features the Redeemer choir and organ.

Can I just show up Sunday morning for worship?

Not at this time. In order to preserve social distancing, we are limiting sanctuary attendance by requiring everyone to RSVP for the 9am and 11am Sunday services. Just select the appropriate service you wish to attend from our Event Calendar under THIS WEEK here on Redeemer.org and complete the RSVP information.

How does the online RSVP work?

Find the service you wish to attend on our Event Calendar from THIS WEEK at the top of the page, from This Week at Redeemer under the LATEST menu. Select YES under RSVP NOW, enter your contact info, the number of attendees in your party, and the names of all attendees. Then SUBMIT. If the service is full, you can still RSVP and be placed on the waiting list.

How will the waiting list work?

Our waiting list matches the number of openings to the size of your party/group on the RSVP. Once spots become available, you will be notified via email with a message that you have RSVP’d YES.

Can I call in to RSVP instead of using the web site?

Yes. Reach us at 404.874.8664 and let the person answering know that you’d like to RSVP for an upcoming worship service. They will take your contact info, number in your party, and their names.

Do I have to be vaccinated to worship in person?

No, but we respectfully request that you are if you wish to attend a worship service in person. Redeemer requires that you indicate your vaccination status of all eligible adults for in-person worship gatherings. This information is for contact tracing purposes and does not determine your eligibility to enter the building.

Where does "We will continue to wear face coverings at all times while on the property apply?

This applies to all areas on the Redeemer property where worship activities are taking place – indoors and outdoors.

Do children have to wear face coverings? What ages?

All children and youth over the age of two years will be required to wear masks during worship activities at Redeemer.  The CDC does not recommend masks be worn by infants under the age of two.

How will Holy Communion work?

We will gather outside in the parking lot behind the church after each worship service to distribute and participate in communion to preserve proper distancing.  In the event of rain, we will gather in Sims Atrium.  Those worshipping online will be invited to join Holy Communion via Zoom immediately following worship. The Zoom link can be found in the bulletin or underneath the Livestream viewer on the online worship page.

Will I be able to use the restrooms while at Redeemer?

Yes. Restrooms will be sanitized before each worship service.

Will hand sanitizer be available?

Yes. Hand sanitizer will be available in restrooms, inside entrances, and in other key locations.

Where will I be able to go or not go?

Currently only the Sims Atrium, the Sanctuary, and select classrooms will be open and marked for in-person attendance.

Will Sunday School, Adult Classes, or Youth Lounge be open or held?

Not at this moment – but there are several opportunities to participate in online classes and activities for youth and learning.

Will the nursery be open?

No, not at this time.

Can I check out books at the library?

No, not at this time.

COVID-19 Task Force

Redeemer’s COVID-19 Task Force was formed in Spring 2020 and is made up of representatives from Redeemer’s clergy, staff, and members of the congregation.  Together they have painstakingly reviewed the latest guidance from public health and medical experts, the ELCA and our Southeastern Synod, and the best practices put in place by comparably sized churches, businesses and civic organizations.

Redeemer COVID-19 Task Force Protocols:

  • Lutheran Community Food Ministry Guidelines for Volunteering During Covid-19, effective 02/05/21.  Click Here.
  • Contact Tracing and Notification Procedures, effective 12/21/2020.  Click Here.
  • Building and Worship Protocols for Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, effective 10/22/2020.  Click Here.

Southeastern Synod ELCA COVID-19 Response:

  • Southeastern Synod ELCA Covid-19 Response.  Click Here.

Other Helpful Resources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 website. Click Here.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for the Black Community (video).  Click Here.

Everyone entering the building at Redeemer (for purposes other than worship attendance) MUST first check-in online by answering the applicable questionnaire found below. (If you are arriving for worship, please use the check-in form above.)

CHECK-IN FOR MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS & VENDORS

Each time a vendor, member or LCFM volunteer comes to Redeemer for any reason, he or she must complete this questionnaire before entering the building. There are no exceptions.

CHECK-IN FOR STAFF MEMBERS

Each time a staff member comes to Redeemer for any reason, he or she must complete this questionnaire before entering the building. There are no exceptions.

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