hybrid worship services (online & in-person)
In addition to offering a variety of virtual worship opportunities via livestreamed services, videos, and online formation, we now also offer a weekly, limited, in-person worship service on Sunday at 9:30 AM. This Sunday service of Holy Eucharist will continue to be accessible remotely through the livestream on the St. Thomas Facebook page, but now includes an option to attend in-person at the same time. Reservations are required for all limited, in-person worship services and can be made online by clicking the button below or by calling the church at (425) 454-9541 during office hours: Monday - Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm.
- Reservations for the in-person option for a worship service will open no later than the prior Monday at noon and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Seating capacity is limited to maintain appropriate social distancing for everyone attending and serving.
- Contact tracing and temperature checks are required of everyone prior to entering the church building.
- Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be observed.
Hybrid Sunday worship (which includes continued virtual worship with an option for limited, in-person participation) is a complex undertaking and the St. Thomas staff and Vestry have worked countless hours with great care and diligence to provide a safe and healthy in-person option while maintaining high standards for remote worship. Everyone's cooperation in ensuring a safe environment for worship is vital.
Virtual Worship Services
Many in our community and beyond have come to appreciate the livestreams of our worship services. We are committed to providing quality virtual experiences and have recently installed permanent, high-quality audio/visual equipment. If you prefer to worship from the comfort of home with coffee in hand---and we know you’re out there---please know we remain committed to providing this option. Click the button below to tune in to the livestream service on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM, or watch the recording on Facebook at your convenience.
Guidelines for In-Person Services
Read below for comprehensive details for limited, in-person worship at St. Thomas. Patience and flexibility will be required of each of us. As Father Lex likes say, let's strive to embody the 13th Beatitude, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.” Here is what to expect:
- A reservation is required for every person (adult or child) for each service. Reservation registration for an upcoming service is available online and by phone (425-454-9541) no later than noon on the prior Monday. Reservations are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The number of attendees at each in-person worship service is limited and varies due to the makeup of the households attending and the number of staff and lay leaders needed.
- Attendance limits will change over time as guidelines and circumstances change.
- For the time being, all worship services and formation activities will be fully remote or have both in-person and online participation options so everyone can be included.
- Anyone with a medical condition that makes them vulnerable to COVID-19, who feels unwell, or who is not comfortable attending worship in-person is encouraged to participate in online worship. St. Thomas will continue to provide online resources and support.
- The church will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after each in-person service.
While On Campus
- At all times, parishioners, visitors, clergy, and staff are required to maintain a minimum six-foot separation when interacting with anyone from outside their household.
- Everyone is required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose. A disposable mask will be provided to anyone without a mask.
- Priests, preachers, lectors, and intercessors may briefly remove their mask to read or speak from the pulpit or altar.
- Anyone attending or serving during a worship service may briefly adjust their mask to consume the wafer offered during the Eucharist.
- An exception to the mask requirement will be made only for children age 2 and under, anyone with a breathing issue related to mask wearing, or anyone unable to remove a mask without assistance as per the Washington State guidelines.
Before The Service
- Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the service to complete the check-in and screening process. Check-in takes place in the south lobby of the Ebsworth Life Center (ELC.)
- Each person must be screened and checked-in before entering the church building.
- Screening will include a temperature check and a brief verbal questionnaire.
- Check-in may include a confirmation of current phone number and email address for contact-tracing purposes.
- Anyone with a recorded temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or any COVID-19 symptom, will not be admitted to the in-person worship service.
- If COVID-19 exposure at an in-person service is confirmed, all attendees will be notified by phone or email, and the church and ELC will be closed for 14-days following the exposure.
- Entrance to the church building will be limited to one door.
During the Service
- Each person should sanitize their hands upon entry to the church. Sanitizer will be provided.
- Seating will allow at least six feet of separation in all directions between members/family units.
- Members of the same household will be seated together whenever possible.
- Seating guidelines will be marked on the seats or floor and will be enforced.
- Windows will be open to promote air circulation so bring warm layers or dress accordingly.
- Paper bulletins will be provided. Please remove all items from seats/pews at the conclusion of the service.
- Although music will be offered during the service, for now, congregational singing is not recommended.
- During the "Peace" greet others outside your household without touching or compromising social distances.
- Wait for a personal invitation by an usher/staff member to enter the line for the Eucharist and maintain social distance while in line.
- Individual communion wafers (including a GF option) will be offered during the Eucharist. For now, wine will not be offered to worshippers during the Eucharist.
- Because most services are streamed online, the audio/visual equipment required for the broadcast may interfere with some sight lines.
After the Service
- At the end of the service, dismissal will be by row to facilitate social distancing during exit.
- Remove all items from seats or pews – paper can be recycled in the bins placed at the exits.
- The Presider and Preacher will not greet attendees at the door after the service.
- Coffee Hour will not be offered, and we will not provide an opportunity for fellowship before or after the service.
Restrooms & Additional Facilities
- The south lobby during check-in and the large restrooms in the southeast corner are the only portions of the Ebsworth Life Center accessible to worship service attendees.
- Restrooms are limited to a maximum of 2 people at the same time.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet while waiting for check-in or in line to access a restroom.
- Use a provided disinfectant towel to wipe the restroom faucet and countertop after use.
- In-person formation (for adults, youth, or children) will not be offered on Sunday mornings.
- Childcare will not be available during in-person worship services, the carpet in the West transept will not be available for use, and re-usable activity bags will not be provided.
- Children must remain with an adult from their household while on the St. Thomas campus.
Additional St. Thomas Safety Measures
- High touch areas in the church and ELC are disinfected frequently.
- During in-person services, doors and/or windows in both buildings will be propped open to increase ventilation and minimize touching.
- No-touch hand sanitizer dispensers are provided in the entries of the church building and ELC.
- Restrooms are equipped with touchless fixtures.
- All clergy, staff, and volunteers receive ongoing COVID-19 safety training and are required to use appropriate personal-protective equipment for your safety and theirs.
Frequently Asked Questions
I've been vaccinated, or had COVID-19, so is it okay if I don't wear a mask or maintain social distance? Everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain social distance (with anyone not from your own household.) This protects you, and everyone else, since it is unknown if a vaccine or previous illness prevent you from transmitting the virus.
Is everything at St. Thomas open for in-person participation? We offer a limited, in-person option for our 9:30 AM Sunday worship service. For now, all other worship, fellowship, and formation events are online and the campus is closed to visitors except for Sunday service reservations or by appointment. St. Thomas will continue/increase opportunities for participation, or close again for safety, depending on local COVID case numbers and guidance from the Governor and Diocese.
I tried to make a reservation for the in-person service and I received a response that it is full, can I come on Sunday? No, a reservation is required to attend the in-person option. Join us in worship by participating in the livestream of Sunday's service which is available on the St. Thomas Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stthomasmedina (no login required) at the same time.
Since there is no Coffee Hour, can I bring my own food and drink? Please do not eat or drink in the ELC or church building at this time. We encourage you to leave all snacks and drinks in your car.