Church Re-opening

Under the direction of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, and our state and local health departments, we have begun preparations to reopen our church for worship. We greatly look forward to welcoming you back as we take every precaution to keep everyone safe. The gradual reopening will require your patience and love for one another as we attempt to minister to every member while still adhering to social distancing protocols.

The Church will re-open to parishioners on June 21. Based on the guidelines we have received, 25 parishioners will be permitted to attend church, not including the priest, lay assistant, altar server and ushers. Parish Council members will have a dry run on June 14 so we can ensure all guidelines are in place and can be met for your safety. On Sunday, July 5, the guidelines allow us to increase attendance to 56 parishioners.

Please understand, these guidelines are temporary and may change should we receive additional direction from the health department or the Metropolis.

Parishioners must register to attend a service.

Registration must be done in advance through the Church's Sign Up Genius. 

Follow the sign-up instructions under Church Service Attendance.

You can also go to Sign Up Genius 

Click on the search icon and enter the email address: tsonisis@yahoo.com.

Locate the registration under Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church-Church Attendance to complete your registration.

Reservations must be made by 5:00 pm on the Thursday for that Sunday’s service.

If you have any difficulty with using Sign Up Genius for your registration, please contact Isidora Tsonisis Margioras. She will respond to you as soon as possible and within 24 hours. You may also call her, her number is in the directory. 

  • All attendees must pre-registered.

  • Registration is on a first come-first serve basis.

  • You must be a member in good standing according to our parish by laws and not have attended a service at our church within the last three weeks to be placed on the registration list.

  • IF openings remain for that Sunday, repeat parishioners and non-stewards will be scheduled.

  • You must register by 5p Thursday each week for the upcoming Sunday’s service. After being absent from the church for so long, many of you will want to attend every week. However, your understanding, support, and respect for everyone who wishes to attend church is greatly appreciate.

  • You must provide the name(s) of all those you are registering.

  • If you cannot attend on your assigned Sunday, please cancel your registration at Signup Genius so that others may sign up.

  • No substitutions are permitted.

  • Do not give your reservation to someone else.

During the First Phase of re-opening, all attendees must abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Parishioners 65 years of age or in a high-risk category are strongly encouraged NOT to attend services

  2. DO NOT COME TO Divine Liturgy if you have ANY symptoms or if you do not feel well in any way.

  3. The Church will be open from 9 am - 9:30 am ONLY. No one will be admitted after 9:30 am. You must arrive between these times. Because of social distancing, it will take time to get you checked in, light your candle, and be ushered to your seating area.

  4. An Usher will check you in. If your name is not on the registration list, you will be turned away.

  5. All attendees over the age of two must bring and wear their own mask throughout the service.

  6. Follow the marked spots on the floor that are outlined at the entrance, the Narthex and for receiving Holy Communion.

  7. Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, and/or kissing others at any time.

  8. Should you wish to light a candle, one will be handed to you by an usher wearing gloves.

  9. Memorial candles may be purchased, and an usher will light and take the candle up front on your behalf. You can continue to purchase memorial candles online.

  10. Venerating of Icons and kissing the priest’s hand is not permitted. You may bow to rather than kiss the Holy Icons in the Narthex, as well as to any other venerations.

  11. Seating will be social distanced. You will be escorted to a specific seat by an usher. Please do not change seats.

  12. There will be no bulletins distributed or liturgy books. You may bring your own from home.

  13. Please follow the guidance of the ushers to approach for Holy Communion.

  14. Concerning the reception of Holy Communion in the Metropolis of Detroit, we will still be using the spoon. The Metropolis has directed us to follow these guidelines:

    1. Infants and small children will commune first, followed by the older faithful.

    2. A disposable napkin will be available for you to hold under your chin. Open your mouth wide, tilt your head up and I will drop the Eucharist into your mouth without the spoon touching your mouth or lips. If the spoon does touch a mouth, we will need to stop and sanitize it.

    3. Place your communion napkin in the receptacle provided.

    4. Antidoron will in plastic bags handed to you by an usher or altar server wearing gloves and a mask.

  15. Fr. Joseph will distribute bags with antidoron at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Please refrain from kissing his hand.

  16. There will be no choir or coffee hour. The Community Center is still closed.

  17. At the conclusion of service, please exit and return to your vehicle without congregating.

  18. We will schedule additional services as necessary to accommodate our older faithful.

  19. Our church will be cleaned and sanitized after every service to ensure the safety of everyone and honor their love for our church.

By coming to church, we trust that you are healthy, and you will lovingly abide by these guidelines. If you are unable to do so, please continue to watch our live Facebook streaming of services.

We appreciate your understanding and prayers for these temporary restrictions as we do our best to restore our community to regular worship and sacramental participation.

HOURS

Sunday Services: 

Matins 8:15 am

Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

Office Hours: 

Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

By appointment only

ADDRESS

500 Belmonte Park North

Dayton, OH 45405-4797

Tel: 937-224-0601

Fax: 937-224-0173

 

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