FROM OUR BISHOP
COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE PHASE 1 REOPENING PLAN
Please see below, mandatory guidelines:
"Allowed capacity is the number of people who can be in the building while maintaining 6 feet distance between individuals/family groups."
(According to these guidelines, the space within St. John Chrysostom's Sanctuary would allow a maximum of 20 individuals/family groups)
Anyone who is currently experiencing any symptoms of illness must stay at home.
There will be masks and hand-sanitizer at the door.
Everyone required to wear masks.
Antidoron to be cut by one person wearing a mask. Priest wearing mask will distribute antidoron with tongs at the end of service.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit
During this time we are not be able to move freely about in the Church in order to maintain the stated physical distance. I am therefore asking that younger children and toddlers not be brought to Church at this time. Hannah Cotten has prepared some wonderful Sunday School material for our younger members at home. Parents may choose to take turns coming to Liturgy. Please contact me with any questions or concerns reguarding these guidelines.
If necessary we will be having additional Liturgies to allow everyone to have the opportunity to come. If you wish to come to the Liturgy on Sunday, please contact me so that I can confirm that there will be room.
Services will continue to be Live-streamed via our Facebook page: St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Nashville, TN
STEWARDSHIP AND OUR CHURCH
"Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the firstfruits of your increase..." (Proverbs 3:9-10)
We all know that these are trying times in many ways, financially and otherwise. Yet we also know from the Lord's own words, of the 'Widow's Offering' (Lk. 21:1-4) She was rewarded more than those who had abundance, because having very little, she made an offering to God, small as it was. In the eyes of the Lord, this was worth more than the offerings of the rich.
From St. John Chrysostom's Paschal Homily... 'let no one be turned away... let no one bewail their poverty, for the Universal Kingdom has been revealed.'
The Services are available to all. Please offer what you can.
OUR 'LITTLE CHURCH'
Our home is the 'Little Church'. If you are able to watch the services, light a candle, light some incense, and listen to the Hymns of the day, or the Sermon. If you are not able to watch the whole Service, that is OK. Watch some of it, and read from your Prayer Book. The point, is to do something. God honors the intent.