Wedding Protocol

during Covid-19

Updated:  March 17, 2021

St. John’s COVID-19 Wedding 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


  • NEW:  100 people maximum in the worship space for indoor service

    • Includes pastor and staff, including sound tech and organist


  • 100 people maximum for outdoor service

    • Includes pastor and staff, including sound tech and organist


  • All seating must be socially-distanced

    • Pews will be roped off indicating appropriate seating for guests

    • Children must sit with family

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

    • No personal contact of any kind (handshaking, hugging, etc.), except between Bride and Groom


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

    • May be removed when speaking at microphone

    • Bride and Groom may remove masks for vows

    • Wedding party will be socially distanced during ceremony


  • Music and hymns must be recorded but not sung

    • Live music can only be instrumental  

    • Organ, piano, guitar but no wind instruments

    • If the service is outdoors a soloist may be allowed but she/he must be safely spaced from the rest of the attendees, wedding party, etc.

  • Non-service activities

    • No food or luncheon inside church

    • Limited use of restrooms will be allowed

    • Outside of restrooms and the worship space, the building will not be available for use of any kind, with exception of Bride’s room (Mark) and Groom’s room (Youth Room) 

    • Bride and Groom will each be allowed an individual space/room for readying for the wedding ceremony.  Bride and Groom may have one additional person in their room at any time.  There should be no more than five different individuals that visit the bride or groom in their rooms.  All other wedding party must get dressed off-campus and come ready for the wedding ceremony

    • No receiving line at the church, whether indoor or outdoor

    • Photos only of Bride and Groom on-campus and/or in sanctuary;  all other photos of wedding party and family are expected to be taken off-campus


  • Arrival / exit

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

    • Guest arrival 15 minutes prior to service

    • All exit immediately after service

    • Traffic flow will be marked in the worship service

    • If maximum occupancy is exceeded a broadcast service into the parking lot will be offered as an alternative 

  • Family responsible for video recording service, if desired


  • Pastors will strive for a 30-45 minute service


  • Contact tracing 

    • St. John’s will utilize a sign-up tool to collect attendance information ahead of time

    • Additionally, we will provide a form and collection box for handwritten contact information at the service


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