COVID-19 Info and Updates

Redeemer COVID-19 Updates

Last Updated: Thursday, July 29, 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 return to 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

If during the 48 hours prior to worship you have been feeling ill or believe you might have been exposed to COVID 19 in the past 14 days, please join us online for worship.

 

Disposable cups will be provided for communion, but if you prefer, you may bring a small glass or cup for communion for each person or family.

 

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. The lot does revert to a paid lot at 4 PM on Sundays.  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

When you arrive, a face-covering will be provided if needed.  Please enter the sanctuary through the narthex.  Please sit where ever you find bulletins placed in the pew to preserve proper distancing.  Ushers will be present to assist if you have any questions.

 

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 and preserve social distancing 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 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

We are now celebrating Holy Communion in the sanctuary during the worship service.  For those worshiping online, we invite you to join our pastors via Zoom following the Postlude to celebrate Communion together.

Communion will be distributed at the front of the sanctuary, one side of the nave at a time.  Please remain in your family group, distanced appropriately, and walk forward when directed by an usher.  If you did not bring your own,  disposable cups will be available at the head of the aisle.

A pastor will distribute the bread (either regular or gluten free) by dropping a wafer into your open hand.  The assistant will pour the wine (regular or alcohol free) into your cup.  Please move toward the side aisle before removing your face covering and consuming the elements.  A receptacle will be provided to dispose of the used cups.  Use the side aisle to return to your seats.

Current COVID-19 Protocols at Redeemer

Phased Reopening of Church Activities

We are now welcoming groups to return for study, service, and fellowship. Rooms may be reserved using the Online Room Reservation Form or by contacting Seth by email, sbrown@redeemer.org. We strongly encourage all in-person groups to consider a “hybrid” option so that those not comfortable returning in person can participate as well. A staff member can assist in this. Rooms will be assigned according to size and technological needs.

During the current crisis, face coverings must be worn at all times while on Redeemer property.

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?

Yes, but we will observe current limits on congregation size. If we exceed the capacity for the sanctuary, we will provide seating in an overflow room.

Do I have to be vaccinated to worship in person?

No, you do not. We do strongly encourage everyone to become vaccinated when eligible to help mitigate the risk and spread of this virus within our community and to protect the most vulnerable among us.

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 are now celebrating Holy Communion in the sanctuary during the worship service.  For those worshiping online, we invite you to join our pastors via Zoom following the Postlude to celebrate Communion together.

Communion will be distributed at the front of the sanctuary, one side of the nave at a time.  Please remain in your family group, distanced appropriately, and walk forward when directed by an usher.  If you did not bring your own,  disposable cups will be available at the head of the aisle.

A pastor will distribute the bread (either regular or gluten free) by dropping a wafer into your open hand.  The assistant will pour the wine (regular or alcohol free) into your cup.  Please move toward the side aisle before removing your face covering and consuming the elements.  A receptacle will be provide to dispose of the used cups.  Use the side aisle to return to your seats.

 

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 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?

High School Sunday School is presently meeting in the Youth Lounge on designated Sundays.  Starting September 12th, during our Christian Education hour at 10 AM, Children’s Sunday School and Confirmation will start meeting primarily online, with periodic outdoor events (please see our Calendar).  Adult classes will also start on September 12 using a “hybrid” model–simultaneously in person and online.

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 7/29/2021.  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.

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.

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.

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