FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Beginning Jan 2, 2022, we will gather weekly @ 10am at Randolph Elementary.
Where is Randolph? Where do we go?
Randolph Elementary is located just off Columbia Pike at 1306 S Quincy. Our entrance is door #10. We will meet in the gym (see map above). Multiple restrooms are available in and near the gym, and are clearly marked.
What COVID precautions will be taken?
As a tenant of Arlington Public Schools, we adhere to their guidelines. As of March 1, masks are no longer required on APS property. This means that as of Sunday, March 6, masks will no longer be required at church, though anyone who prefers to mask during church is welcome to do so. We encourage everyone to use the space creatively. The chairs are moveable — take advantage! Prop open a door and sit near it. Move to a side aisle with a bit more distance from your neighbors. Find a way to make the space work for you! Finally, respect the different choices of others. If you see someone masked, offer to put on your own mask before approaching them. Be courteous and extend grace to each other!
Randolph has excellent air quality per CDC guidelines and its ventilation system cycles through 6 air changes every minute. All Incarnation's rooms open directly to the outside, and we will prop doors open for further ventilation. We'll continue keeping our services short (just over an hour), and moving outside after immediately after the service when the weather permits.
For some this is wonderful, welcome, liberating news. For others, it might be scary, worrisome, perhaps even angering. For parents of children too young for vaccination, we recognize this is an especially challenging time with so many variables to consider. We are going to need to keep talking and listening to one another. Whatever we decide to do with our own masking habits, we will still need to be mindful of others' choices and help one another feel seen and safe and respected. Wherever you are in this, whatever you are feeling, please reach out to our staff so we know how to pray and care for you as we navigate changes together.
Will we still have Zoom?
Yes! Randolph's wifi allows us to continue to Zoom the service for those who are unable to join us in person or prefer to exercise extra caution; join via the link on the Virtual Worship page. We'll also continue recording and posting the service to YouTube.
If you are experiencing any cold- or flu-like symptoms, or if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, we request that you stay home and Zoom to church. Pajama church from the couch has its perks!
What about kids?
Kids are ALWAYS warmly welcomed in the service, noise and wiggles and all. Materials for quiet play and spiritual formation will be available in the gym, and room B-102 is available for parents whose children need a break. Our children's programs remain highly flexible during the ongoing pandemic; for the latest information, follow the kids' section of our blog. If your children are interested in participating as liturgical volunteers (greeters, readers, communion servers, and more), please let us know!
Is the building accessible?
Yes! There is a ramp directly into the back of the gym, and the inside of the building is fully accessible.
What about parking?
Randolph has two onsite parking lots with a total of about 45 spaces, plus one handicap space. There is also ample street parking all around the school; please respect our neighbors if you choose to park on the street!
People with limited mobility, parents of small children, and visitors have priority in the smaller parking lot closest to entrance #10. This lot allows easy ramp access to the gym.