Church Seating Reservation Guildlines
Please join us for Sunday worship services. We are limited by the State of California to 100 people so it is very important to reserve your spot using this internet form.
RESERVATION AND WORSHIP GUIDELINES
What you are asked to do and understand before and as you arrive.
Those with any signs or symptoms of any acute illness (whether it is COVID-19 or not) MUST stay home, as shall those who have come into contact with COVID-19. It is strongly recommended that parishioners who are 65 or older, especially those living in long-term care facilities and who suffer from serious medical conditions such as cardiac and/or pulmonary disease, diabetes, a compromised immune system, or other underlying health issues, participate in live-streamed services home at this time. Parishioner assumes all responsibly in risks and Covid-19 related heath risk should they occur for attending in person services. Questions should be directed to your healthcare provider.
By attending you agree to immediately notify Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church if you or anybody you have been in close contact with has been diagnosed with Covid 19. Disclosure to the church will be used to identify and notify all individuals in attendance. Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox church will maintain your privacy and confidentiality, and appreciate your assistance.
At the present time, seating in our sanctuary is limited to 100 people by the State of California and local health department regulations on social gatherings. Reservations are necessary to accommodate the limited number of worshipers that we are allowed in a fair manner. Online reservations will be required of those desiring to attend. Those arriving to church without a reservation may be turned a way if there are no available seats.
PREPARE FOR OFFERINGS IN ADVANCE:
To minimize the handling and exchanging of currency in the church, please consider either making your stewardship, other donations, and candle purchases through electronic giving or by preparing your offering in an envelope to be brought to church and deposited in one of the trays in the Narthex or as you exit the church after Liturgy. You may also mail your offering to the Church Office. Trays will not be passed during the service.
WHAT YOU AGREE TO BY ATTENDING:
By voluntarily entering Assumption campus, you affirm that you are not currently ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; you agree to abide by the safety guidelines being practiced at Assumption including wearing a face mask and observing social distancing; you acknowledge that while safety measures are being taken by the church, it cannot guarantee the safety of every person present. You further acknowledge, that while the recommended CDC, State and Local County safety measures are being taken by the Church, the parish cannot guarantee that there is no risk of infection for attendees. If you are not able to agree to and affirm the above statements, we ask that you remain at home.
FACE MASKS REQUIRED:
For the health and safety of our community, all attendees will be required to wear protective face masks. Only children under the age of 2 should not wear masks. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided.
You will need to check in upon arrival at Assumption and you’ll need to be guided to a seating area, it is most helpful and appreciated for you to arrive no later than 9:30 am — 30 minutes before the Liturgy begins at 10 am.
SOCIAL DISTANCING IN SEATING AREAS:
Designated seating areas will allow for spacing between individuals and families. Members of the same household may be seated in the same area without social distance between them. Everyone is required to remain in their seating area throughout the service except for receiving Holy Communion.
Instead of kissing icons, you are asked to reverence icons and other sacred objects by bowing. Please greet one another by bowing instead of embracing or shaking hands. Father Chris will not be able to bless the children. Please do not kiss the priest’s hand.
HOW TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION:
Orthodox Christians believe that in receiving Holy Communion we are receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is not a vehicle for the transmission of disease. However, with pastoral sensitivity and love toward all parishioners during this unique time, we will distribute Holy Communion in the following manner:
Please remove your face mask prior to arriving at the Holy Chalice.
When receiving, open your mouth fully and tilt your head back so the priest may place the Communion spoon in your mouth and turn it over to allow the Holy Gifts to drop in your mouth. Please do not close your lips on the spoon.
Please do not touch the Communion cloth or dab your lips on it. There is no need, since your lips have not touched the Holy Gifts. It will be held by the altar attendants to protect against spills.
After receiving Holy Communion but before replacing your mask, proceed to the Antidoron tray to take a piece of blessed bread and consume it before putting on your mask again. Then, please wear your face mask for the remainder of time on the property.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL PHYSICAL DISTANCE ON EXITING:
Please follow the directions provided by the priest and the guidance of any ushers regarding exiting with social distance.
ANTIDORON IS AVAILABLE ON EXIT:
Antidoron (or blessed bread) will be served to you and located at the exit point from the service.
PLEASE DEPART IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SERVICE:
Much as this goes against our common practice following services, please do not congregate anywhere on the church property. All in attendees are asked to leave the premises immediately following the conclusion of the Liturgy.
NO COFFEE HOURS:
Coffee hours, lunches, and other social gatherings will not be held at the parish during this initial phase of re-opening. Please understand we will return as soon as possible when restrictions are loosened.