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
COVID-19 Gathering and Distancing Guidelines
When the CDC Community Level for Franklin County is low or medium, masks are optional.
When the CDC Community Level for Franklin County is high:
- Masks will be required
- Communion will be in one kind
- No indoor events will offer food or beverages.
You can find the current CDC Community Level here.
Current Status for Saint Mark’s Weekly Gatherings
The Holy Eucharist, Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
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.
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.
- Masking is optional indoors as long as Franklin County remains at low or medium levels of community spread of COVID.
- Communion of both kinds.
- Congregational singing is permitted regardless of vaccination status.
- The parish has returned to full capacity.
- Passing of the collection plate during the offertory is permitted.
Fellowship Hour, Large Gatherings and Special Events
- These permitted indoors and outdoors as long as Franklin County remains at low to moderate levels.
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: 8/19/22