Information Spot

Last posted 8/14/20 at 12:00PM

The family at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church loves and cares for our Decatur community, and we want to continue do our part to help protect our family, friends, and neighbors from the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In accordance with current local and state guidelines, access to our campus is currently specified by area. Masks should also be worn in the facility, especially when entering and exiting, moving about common areas, and when unable to be adequately socially distant from others. This includes St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, SPL Field House, AND St. Paul’s Early Learning Center.

When coming to the building to visit the Church Office, please use the South East/Cross Tower Entrance and please stop at the Reception Desk to check-in. When coming to the building for in-person Weekend Worship, please use the South Main Entry on the front face of the building (enter into the West Fellowship Area). When coming to St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, please use their marked entrance on the East side of the building and follow their posted guidelines for entry. All SPL Field House fitness classes are currently being held outside in the South Parking Lot.

WORSHIP
We offer in-person worship services at regular worship times and are following guidelines for doing so. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while at SPL and out and about in the community. If you or a family member are ill, please stay at home. This information is available on our site at SPLDECATUR.ORG and is also available for you in this document Returning to Worship – What to Expect.

All worship related documents and links are also available to you at SPLDECATUR.ORG/CHURCHONLINE (such as the worship guide, prayer list, and related items)

We continue to host ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES. All Worship Services will be streamed for you during regular worship times at spldecatur.online.church on Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:30 am.

COMMUNION
We continue to host the Drive Thru Communion experience on the 2nd & 4th Sundays from 12:00-1:00pm in the South Parking Lot on the SPL Campus.

We also distribute Communion at the conclusion of each in-person worship service in the Worship Center, also on the 2nd & 4th weekends each month.

CLASSES
All current offerings can also be viewed on the Calendar at SPLDECATUR.ORG – please follow our building guidelines, including wearing of masks, when participating in these offerings.

Pastor’s Class is offered IN-PERSON (Dining Room at SPL) and ONLINE via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30am (login information is distributed via weekly email, or by contacting the Church Office at 217-423-6955).

SPL ManUp Men’s Ministry is offered in-person in The Loft at SPL on Saturday mornings at 7:00 am.

SPL Youth for grades 7-12 meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in The Loft. (Confirmation classes for Gr. 7-8 resume Sunday, August 30th.)

SPL Kids hosts SPL Kids Worship offering in the Dining Room during message time at the Sunday 10:30am worship service. Please Check-In BEFORE worship at the SPL Kids station located inside the entrance in the West Fellowship Area (by 10:40 AM). Printable Guidelines for SPL Kids Worship and Nursery are available HERE.

The Nursery is available during service times only (capacity is 10 children at one time). Guidelines are followed to help ensure the health and safety of the children and the staff. Printable Guidelines for SPL Kids Worship and Nursery are available HERE.

Motivated by More fitness classes being offered outdoors, on the SPL campus in the South Parking Lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:00-6:45am) and Saturdays as specified (8:00am). Details and updates can be found at motivatedbymore.net and facebook.com/MotivatedByMore

CHURCH OFFICE
The Church Office has coverage during the week – please enter the building via the south atrium entrance (at the Cross Tower) and check-in with the reception desk attendant. We ask that you wear a mask when visiting the building and church office. We recommend you call ahead to make an appointment with the person you plan to see – please call the Church Office at 217-423-6955 if you have a need or question. You can also utilize our Drop Box located at the St. Paul’s Early Learning Center entrance should you need to drop something off at the building (available Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm).

Questions? Contact the Church Office at 217-423-6955.

COUNT ME IN!: We like to know when you’re worshiping with us, whether it’s in person or online! Be sure to complete the online CONNECT CARD for you and your family each week you worship with us, available on our Forms list at SPLDECATUR.ORG

CHURCH ONLINE

If you’ve never used our church online platform before, click HERE for tips to enhance your online experience. You can also find the Weekly Worship Guide and Prayer List by clicking HERE or receive one by email upon your request (during the week following the requested service).

WATCH WORSHIP SERVICES ONLINE

Worship Services Online
Saturday at 6:00 PM
Sunday at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

If you or someone you know does not have access to viewing worship online, we would be glad to mail an audio recording of the service. Please contact Sarah Johnson at 217-855-5855 or sarah@spldecatur.org to be added to the mailing list during this time.

STAY CONNECTED

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
If you want a quick and easy way to keep most of these resources at your fingertips, download the SPL Decatur app on your devices. Access Church Online, Giving, Forms, and all of our social platforms there.

Just go to SPLDECATUR.ORG/APP and click the link for the device you have to get started.

Worshiping with us Online? Let us know!
You can “check-in” and let us know you’re with us via the Connect Card (available by clicking at the top right while viewing the worship service or also in the Forms section of our website). There is also an option to submit a prayer request as a part of this form.

Continue to Pray
In this unprecedented time, we continue to put our faith and hope in Christ, and we join together in prayer for our city, country, and world. You can always submit prayer requests to our Pastors and Staff through our website by clicking “Need Prayer” and completing the available form. You can also email sarah@spldecatur.org.

You can gather with us in prayer online via our SPL Family in Prayer group on Facebook. You can connect and request to join – just CLICK HERE.

Giving
If you’re wondering what to do about Giving as related to worship, you are able to access our Online Giving platform via the SPLDECATUR.ORG main page or on the Church Online site (button located in the upper right region of each page).

If you utilize the envelope system, you are welcome to mail it to the Church Office (1 Bachrach Ct., Decatur, IL 62526). You may also drop off any items into our Drop Box available inside our St. Paul’s Early Learning Center entrance on the SPL campus 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM during the week (Monday-Friday).

Latest Updates
You can stay connected to all of the latest information via our online connecting points:
On this page or our Latest News section of our website at SPLDECATUR.ORG
On our Facebook Page at facebook.com/stpaulsdecatur
On Twitter at @SPLDecatur
On Instagram at @SPLDecatur or #SPLDecatur
On YouTube at @SPLDecatur where we have past messages and several playlists available to you

On the St. Paul’s Early Learning Center Website at ELCDECATUR.ORG and Facebook page at facebook.com/ELCDecatur

On the SPL Field House Facebook page at facebook.com/SPLFieldHouse

On the Decatur Kids Facebook page at facebook.com/DecaturBagsOfHope

Connect with SPL Kids on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/SPLKids

Connect with SPL Youth on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/SPLYouth

Looking to meet with your Small Group of 10 or less?
If you and your Small Group are looking to connect and are in need of ideas, contact our Church Office at 217-423-6955 to find out what resources are available to you during this time.

Watch for more updates on this webpage as we continue to navigate this situation together.

TAKING PRECAUTIONS

Please be mindful of the guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), including:

Stay home when you are sick and and follow ALL guidelines
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
– Use tissues and throw them away after use
Keep a distance (at least 6 feet); no handshaking
– You should be fever free for at least 48 hours, without fever-reducing meds, before venturing out or being in contact with others

If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact us at info@spldecatur.org.