Information on In Person Worship at SPPC

Dear fellow members and guests of San Pedro Presbyterian Church,

It has been over 180 days since most of us met inside the sanctuary to attend worship service. It has been over 180 days since most of us were able to greet each other in person and share both daily and weekly experiences. Well good news. The session of SPPC has approved, based on recommendation of the SPPC COVID-19 Task Force, to start the process of meeting in-person for worship service. The Session has agreed to resume the first in-person worship service on Sunday October 4th at 11am. 

Some of the factors approved by Session to resume in-person worship include but are not limited to –

  • A two-week downward trend in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Bexar County.
  • No positive COVID-19 case from a member or guest of SPPC attending in-person worship.
  • A two-week downward trend in the number of people hospitalized in San Antonio.
  • Ability to perform COVID-19 tests effectively throughout Bexar County. 

While there are inherent risks of coming in contact with the COVID-19 virus while interacting with others in any circumstance, the Session and Task Force agree that we at SPPC have taken the necessary steps and created guidelines to minimize this risk. Some of the guidelines include but are not limited to – 

  • Wearing face masks during service.
  • No-Touch temperature scans prior to entering the sanctuary.
  • Being seated by a member of the usher team.
  • No handshakes, hugs or other physical contact while in the sanctuary.
  • Engaging in social distancing by remaining 6’ apart while entering and exiting the sanctuary.
  • Removal of hymnals, friendships pads and bibles from the pews. 
  • Allowing congregants to sing from their heart and not out loud during hymns, liturgical songs, and anthems from our choir.
  1. The only point of entry will be main doors entering Narthex. All other doors will be locked. 
  2. Please have your mask on upon before entering Narthex. SPPC will have extras if you forget yours.
  3. Please plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to 11am to ensure everyone is seated prior to start of service.
  4. All family members will have touch-less scan at check-in station, located near main doors of sanctuary. If you have a temperature above 100.3 you will not be allowed to enter the sanctuary.
  5. Attendance will be taken at the check-in station.
  6. Families will be escorted into sanctuary by a volunteer. Seating placement is not an option and will be determined by next available pew.
  7. At completion of service, volunteers will direct exit of members by row.
  8. During all times of entrance and exit of sanctuary please maintain social distancing of 6’

The task force recommends people over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions continue to watch sermon from their home.  

We will update this page as the days go forward. 

If you do not feel comfortable attending in-person worship you will still be able to enjoy the service from the comfort of your home. The service will always be available on both YouTube and Facebook going forward. Enhancements are already in process to ensure a better viewing experience. 

The Session and Task Force would like to thank everyone for their patience during this process of returning to in-person worship. It has been a trying time for all of us. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Paul, Dave, Mark, Kat, Sean, Mabrie, Jessie, Griffin, and members of the choir for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of continuing to provide us with a wonderful worship experience over the lasts 6 months. There are also many volunteers at San Pedro that have continued to provide Zoom experiences to other members and guests to in hopes of staying connected. 

It is people like this and yourself who help make San Pedro Presbyterian Church a place we all like to call home. 

Thanks,

Eric Mapes