Vesper Service FAQ

As part of the reopening of Central, we are thrilled to announce the addition of a Sunday evening "vesper" service! Please read through the following information so that you are prepared.

Preventative Actions

In accordance with the guidelines published by the CDC, Central strongly encourages everyone attending  a worship service, or any event associated with the church, to practice these everyday preventative actions:

  1. Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands.
  3. Practice social distancing, that is, maintain at least six feet between people not living in the same household.
  4. Encourage the use of cloth face coverings among staff and congregants, noting that cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove it without assistance.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  6. Stay home when sick.

For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/checklist.html

Additionally, in accordance with St Louis County COVID guidelines, please stay at home if you or anyone in your family:

  • Have had close contact in the past 14 days with a person diagnosed with COVID
  • Have traveled out of the United States in the last 14 days
  • Are feeling ill
  • Have a fever of 100.4 degrees or more
  • Have an unexplained new or worsened cough
  • Have shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Have muscle aches, or chills
  • Have sore throat and new loss of taste or smell
  • If you are immunocompromised (taking chemotherapy or immunosuppressant medication) or have any condition which leaves you with a weakened immune system
  • If you are 65 or older with an underlying condition (asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, etc.)
  • If you are in any other high risk population
  • If you are uncomfortable going out FOR ANY REASON
Do I need to sign up to attend a service?

Yes, we are implementing a reservation system for the vesper services. This makes it possible for us to manage capacity and provide as safe a worship experience a possible. 

Why do I have to make a reservation every week?

Since capacity will be limited, at least initially, requiring weekly reservations will make the services more accessible for a greater number of people.

What times will the services be?

The vesper service will be held at 6pm on Sundays.

Where will the services be held?

The vesper services will be held outdoors, on the lower level of the garage at Central Presbyterian Church. Please dress accordingly for the weather.

Where can I park?

Obviously, holding a worship service in the garage reduces the number of available parking spaces on campus. The upper deck of the garage will be available, as will the Central Christian School garage, located one block north of Central on Hanley. We encourage all who are able and fully mobile to utilize the school garage, thereby leaving the upper level of the church garage for our elderly and families with young children. Shuttle service will not be available. PLEASE NOTE: except immediately along Central’s property, there is no Sunday evening parking in the Davis Place neighborhood. As always, please be courteous and a good neighbor when you park.

What sort of seating is provided?

In order to help protect the health of our staff, volunteers and all who attend, we will not be providing seating, but instead ask everyone to bring their own lawn chairs.

Can I sit with my family?

Yes. We ask that all groups sit by household (family members and/or roommates), as most are not social distancing within their homes. You will need to list all members of your family/household who will be attending when you sign-up for a service. 

Will I have an assigned seat or can I sit where I want?

Seating areas will be marked, and you will be able to choose your location on a first come, first serve basis. Please love your neighbor by maintaining social distancing standards between households.

Will I need to wear a face covering?

We strongly encourage all worship service attendees to wear a face covering. Disposable face coverings will be available for any who forget to bring one. This request does not apply to children 5 years of age and younger.

Will there be singing?

Yes, congregational singing will be permitted. We strongly encourage the use of face coverings should you choose to sing.

Will there be communion?

Yes! A modified communion procedure will be put into place, using pre-wrapped (at the manufacturer) bread/juice cups. Congregants will be asked to hold on to their used cups and discard them in a trash receptacle when exiting. The communion elements will not be passed during the service; rather, you will received a pre-wrapped serving upon arrival that you can use at the appropriate time during the service.

Will an offering plate be passed?

Offering plates will not be passed during the service. There will be plates as you exit, if you want to give your offering that way, or you can give online at centralpres.com/give

Will there be kids programming?

Kids are very welcome to attend the vesper services. At this time, there will not be any separate kids programming offered on Sunday evenings.

Will the playground be available for kids before or after the service?

Unfortunately the playground will remainedremains closed following St. Louis County guidelines.

Will restrooms be available?

Yes, the restrooms in the Student Center will be available by using the designated entrance and exit only. We ask they be used for emergencies only. A staff member/volunteer will be at each restroom entryway to monitor the total number of people in the restroom at once so as not to allow a number of people entering the restroom that is greater than recommended capacity. 

Is hand sanitizer available?

Hand sanitizer will be available via various stations around campus, many of which will be touches motion-sensing dispensers.

Will there be coffee/tea/food?

We will not be offering coffee/tea or food to avoid many people touching the same surfaces. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water.

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 who attended a worship service?

It will be requested of any member/attendee who tests positive for COVID-19 and has attended a worship service of Central Presbyterian Church to notify the church office immediately by way of or phoning 314-727-2777, at which time formalized tracking/tracing procedures will go into effect. The highest levels of privacy will be maintained; no individual names of any who disclose to the church office a positive COVID-19 test result will be publicized or made known to the rest of the church. Every person sitting within two zones of the infected attendee will be notified, and potentially asked to not return to for 14 days, or until a negative test result is confirmed. Central Presbyterian may also elect to notify all attendees of the particular service that someone who attended their service tested positive (identity will remain anonymous). 

Will I have to have my temperature taken upon arrival?

We will not be taking temperatures of persons who attend a Central service, but we do request that you take your temperature at home prior to coming to a service and any person in your party is not feeling well or has a temperature over 100.4 to stay home.

Will the online services continue?

We will continue to livestream our Sunday morning service. If you have underlying health conditions, or if you care for someone who does, we encourage you to stay home and to continue to worship online. The Sunday evening vesper services will not be streamed.

Will church staff and volunteers wear face coverings and gloves?

Church staff and volunteers will wear face coverings and wear gloves if/as necessary.

I tried to make a reservation, but it said the service was already full.

Regrettably, capacity must be limited in order to create as safe a worship experience as possible for all involved. Should capacity for a given Sunday be reached, we ask you to please NOT "just show up" as we will be unable to provide a seating area for you/your group. The reservation system opens each Wednesday at noon, and we hope you will be able to make a reservation for the following Sunday, or continue to join us via our livestream on Sunday mornings.