Funeral Guidelines during COVID

UPDATED:  November 9, 2021

St. John’s COVID-19 Funeral Protocols


  • Please stay home if one of these apply

    • You have a fever / running a temperature of 100.4 or more

    • You are experiencing any symptoms such as: headache, runny nose, cough, sore throat, diarrhea/vomiting, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, and/ or body aches

    • Anyone in your home is sick

    • You have been exposed to the Corona virus in the last 14 days and have not had a test confirming that you are not carrying the virus


  • All rules will be communicated ahead of time to family members

    • Pastors will handle this task in their preparation meetings


  • All seating should be socially-distanced, when possible

    • Children must sit with family

    • Signage regarding mask-wearing expectation will be posted on outside doors

    • No personal contact of any kind is requested (handshaking, hugging, etc.)


  • Masks must be worn by all church staff, family, and guests

    • May be removed when speaking at microphone

  • Non -service activities

    • No food or luncheon inside church

    • Outside of restrooms and the worship space the building will not be available for use of any kind


  • Arrival / exit

    • Family may arrive 30 minutes prior to the visitation or service to coordinate with pastor, arrange flowers, other preparation

    • All exit immediately after service


  • Pastors will strive for a 45 - 50 minute service


  • Contact tracing

    • Families are encouraged to know their guests and guests' information for contact tracing purposes, if needed

    • Use of a Guest Book, including name, address, and phone number, is strongly encouraged