St. Mary’s policy regarding postponements and closures due to inclement weather is meant first and foremost to provide for the safety of parishioners, clergy, and staff.
It takes into consideration not only the conditions being reported but the time it takes to clear the premises, sidewalks, and parking lot to create a safe traveling environment.
To that end:
Methods of Communication
In cases of cancellations or delays to worship services, regularly scheduled programs, and meetings, or special events, the office will post the building’s status on the landing page of St. Mary’s Website, on Facebook and an announcement will be placed on the parish office’s voice mail system (703) 527-6800. For certain cancellations, an e-blast may be sent.
The Rector in consultation with the Facilities Manager will determine morning/daytime closings by 5:00 a.m. Sundays and 7:00 a.m. weekdays; and, by 3:00 p.m. for cancellation of evening activities. Office staff will attempt to notify the contact person for the affected meetings, activities, or events.
Click here to find the lectionary readings, should you not be able to attend an early weekday service.
Sunday Worship Services and Normal Offerings
Every effort will be made to have Sunday morning worship services. Closing or schedule delays will be posted (see above). Likewise, cancellation of Sunday evening worship and/or programs will be posted by 3:00 p.m. at the latest. Scripture readings will be posted online for the Sunday affected by the cancellation.
Be aware that programs like the Nursery and Church School may have limitations due to staffing if babysitters and teachers cannot make it.
Weekday Meetings, Rehearsals, & Outside Groups
St. Mary’s will follow the Arlington County school system inclement weather policy.
• If school is delayed in the morning, all morning activities will be canceled
• If school is dismissed early, all evening activities will be canceled.
• If school is closed for the day, all activities will be canceled for the day.
The Parish Office will remain open whenever possible. The Rector, in consultation with the Facilities Manager, will determine if the weather conditions are too severe and/or continued clearing of the premises is necessary, requiring the office to close. A decision will be made by 7:00 a.m. Clergy and staff will be notified by email. Announcements will be posted on the Website and on the church voicemail as stated above. Ultimately, staff and clergy members will have to individually gauge the safety of their own travel situation.
All Evening Programs
Cancellation of evening programs, activities, and meetings will be posted by 3:00 p.m. at the latest.
Special Events: Funerals, Weddings, Potlucks, et al.
Events will be considered on a case by case basis and announced as stated above, as well as by email blast.