COVID-19 Gathering and Distancing Guidelines

O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Christmas Service Recommendations

We are watching the news of the COVID Omicron variant and reports of the rapid rise in case counts as we approach Christmas services.

Our plan at this time is to offer you the opportunity to gather, either in person or virtually, to celebrate the coming of Christ with joy and gladness. For in-person worship, we are committed to providing a safe environment.

Our recommendations for Christmas Services are as follows:

  1. Masks are required for in-person worship.
  2. The church has purchased a large supply of KN95 masks. These will be available at the door and we encourage you to use one of these for the service, as they offer significantly better filtration than a standard cloth mask to prevent spread of the virus.
  3. We will do our best to distance people for the 5 pm pageant service and the 11 pm solemn service. There will be additional seating in the Parish hall with supplemental audio and video to help you see and hear. Many exterior doors will be open, so you might want to keep your coat, hat, and gloves with you.
  4. If you have any symptoms, please worship via the livestream rather than in person. Both of our Christmas Eve services will be livestreamed on our website and via Facebook.
  5. If you would like to attend an in-person service, but want to avoid crowds and singing, the Christmas Day service at 10:30 am will be a spoken service and we anticipate a relatively small congregation.

Please get fully vaccinated and get a booster shot. Vaccination, masking, and social distancing, as well as frequent hand washing, and proper ventilation are the best ways you can protect yourself and those around you.

As we are all aware, this is a rapidly changing situation so please check continue to check our website or follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.

May God’s blessings be with you this Christmas and for 2022.

Current Status for Saint Mark’s Weekly Gatherings





8 a.m.

The Holy Eucharist, Rite I
communion in one kind (bread only)


In Person

10:30 a.m.

The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
communion in one kind (bread only)


In Person and Livestream

To find In-Person Meetings for AA, Al Anon, and OA please see the Saint Mark’s Support Group Schedule.

Parish Life Activities that are conducted remotely are accessible through the Parish Calendar.

COVID-19 Protocol

Saint Mark’s is proud to be a community where “all are welcome – no exceptions” and we want to provide a safe environment that considers the health and well-being of our parishioners and guests.

As the COVID-19 pandemic infections continue to trend downward in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, new recommendations have been made regarding COVID protocols while on campus at Saint Mark’s as follows:


Masking is required

  • Indoors: Masking is required for all individuals over 2 years of age (vaccinated and unvaccinated) while indoors.
  • Outdoors: Masking is optional for all individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated) while outdoors.

Receiving Communion

  • Restricted to communion of one kind, that is, consecrated bread only.


  • Congregational singing is permitted while masked regardless of vaccination status.

Social Distancing

  • The parish has returned to full capacity. If you wish to attend indoor worship in person while remaining distanced, please notify an usher or vestry member when you arrive and you will be directed to alternate seating.


  • Passing of the collection plate during the offertory is permitted.

Contact tracing

  • All attendees must complete a sign-in form (available at inside the doors of the main entrance and kitchen entrance).

Fellowship Hour, Large Gatherings and Special Events

  • Fellowship Hour which precedes or follows worship services, as well as the consumption of food and beverages, is permitted outdoors only.
  • Large gatherings and special events are permitted outdoors only and with prior approval from clergy, wardens, or director of music.

As a parish family we will continue to support one another in times of trouble and in times of celebration. We encourage those who may be unable to attend in person to access worship services and Parish Life activities remotely. Links for Livestream and On Demand services and Zoom are available on the Parish Calendar.

The diocese continues to vigorously promote vaccination, as well as hand washing, good ventilation, and outdoor gathering as much as possible.


In determining our gathering and distancing protocols, the clergy and wardens, with guidance from the Diocese and Saint Mark’s Open Hearts, Open Doors Task Force, make choices that consider both the physical and spiritual health of our Saint Mark’s family. We are not alone. Leaders in our world, our nation, and our city work to create policies that allow for gathering in community while  observing protocols that keep each other safe.

Determining Saint Mark’s Status for In-Person Gathering is an ongoing, deliberative process founded on guidance from the CDC, Ohio and Franklin County Departments of Health, the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s Updated Guidelines for Public Worship, as well as our own comfort level as good stewards of the health and well-being of our local parish membership and staff.

This page will be continually reviewed and updated as guidelines change and the pandemic evolves.

Open Hearts, Open Doors Task Force

Dot Yeager, Chair

Matt Bester, Worship, Music & Technology

Mark Drew, Technology & Microbiology

Anne Getz, (consulting), Lay Liturgical Participation

Phil Glandon, Treasurer

Jim Keyes, Communications & Technology

William Mayr, Communications and Campus Environment

George Reed, Technology

Bill Silliman, Worship & Lay Liturgical Participation

Laura Skoracki, Formation & Lay Liturgical Participation

Sam Slee, Worship & Technology

Gloria Wylie, Lay Liturgical Participation

Please feel free to contact any member with suggestions or concerns you may have, or to volunteer as we facilitate our new common environments.

Page Updated: 9/5/21