COVID-19 News & Updates

Holy Communion Logistics

In keeping with a gradual approach in our desired return to normalcy, the Board of Elders has approved the re-introduction of Holy Communion to our worship services. Beginning on Maundy Thursday, communion will once again be celebrated during the worship service rather than after the final hymn. At this time, in order to maintain social distancing, we will be practicing continuous communion. 

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Worship Capacity Increase

At St. John’s, we long for the day we can return to “normal” in-person worship. Our Board of Elders has been reviewing our current COVID-related protocols and discussing any possible changes or adjustments at their monthly meetings. However, we also recognize that a gradual approach is the wisest in working our way back to “normal.” To this end, the Board of Elders has approved the incremental step of increasing our worship capacity beginning with our Ash Wednesday (February 17) services.

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Wisconsin Face Covering Mandate

As you have likely heard, yesterday Governor Evers issued a statewide face covering mandate. This mandate takes effect at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) morning, meaning that it will be in effect for our worship services and school registration this weekend.

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Weekend Holy Communion

Over the last six weeks, we have been blessed to offer opportunities to come together as a body of believers and receive the Lord’s Supper. Beginning on the weekend of July 18 and 19, we will begin offering Holy Communion as an add-on to our weekend worship services.

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Holy Communion Details

Last weekend, we came together in the Lord’s house after two months of exclusively online worship. Beginning next week, we will resume our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Normally, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper in our worship services on the first and third Sundays of the month. During the month of June, we will offer Holy Communion in a modified version of this schedule: on Wednesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 24.

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Celebrating Holy Communion

This month, we will be offering scheduled small-group opportunities to receive the Lord’s Supper on Wednesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 24, at 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, and 5:45 p.m. More details and a link to register for these short devotional services with Holy Communion will be sent out this Friday, June 5, at 9:00 a.m.



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May 30 & 31 Worship Details

We are looking forward to gathering together as a family of believers beginning this weekend! If you will be worshiping in-person with us on May 30 or 31, below are some important details for you to be aware of. If you are planning to attend in-person worship but have not yet registered, please do so ASAP by clicking here.

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In-Person Worship Details

Please click here to register for May 30 & 31 in-person worship!

It has been two months since our last in-person worship service. Since March 22, we have been worshiping in an exclusively online format. We are thankful to be able to gather once again as a family of believers in our house of worship beginning this weekend, May 30 & 31. In one sense, this represents a return to normalcy that many of us have been eagerly awaiting. However, as we are all well aware, our nation is still contending with the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, in another sense, a full return to normalcy in worship is not possible at this time. As mentioned in last Wednesday’s communicationwe will be proceeding as follows for the time being.

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Resuming In-Person Worship

It’s been a constant refrain over the last two months: we are living in unprecedented times. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, we are now turning our attention to the best way to gather together again as a family of believers while still accommodating those who are not yet inclined or able to worship in person with us. To that end, our pastors and church leadership have been thoughtfully and prayerfully looking at various scenarios for resuming in-person worship. The current restrictions issued by the city of Wauwatosa will expire at midnight Thursday night/Friday morning, and no further city-wide order will be issued at this time.

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Safer at Home Update

As you’ve likely heard, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the statewide safer-at-home restrictions on Wednesday, May 13. Wauwatosa and Milwaukee County officials then reinstated some of those restrictions through Thursday, May 21, including the restriction on public gatherings of more than 10 people. In compliance with these local restrictions, we will again hold online-only worship services and Bible study this weekend.

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