Everything that we are asked to do, we do to show our love of one another.
Greetings to you all!
This is a letter that I have been waiting (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) to write for months now. We have received approval to reopen our doors and begin in person services again at Grace-St Paul’s! And while this is only the first step in our gradual transition, it is still an exciting one. Many of us have gathered weekly on Zoom to continue to worship together. Some have diligently attended worship streamed from other locations. Some have continued to pray on their own in our homes. But now it is time to begin to reconnect with one another in ways that are different yet familiar.
Our first day of gathering will be Sunday, June 28th. Our order of services will be:
8 am – Holy Eucharist (in the church and on Zoom)
10 am – Holy Eucharist (on Zoom)
5:30 pm – Holy Eucharist (outside on the church grounds, weather permitting*)
As we begin the small steps, I’d like to give a HUGE shout out to our Vestry who have been diligently working hard to meet the guidelines of the diocese. They have inwardly digested the 34 page report, made excellent decisions, submitted a report of our own, and gotten approval. Also, another huge shout out to our deacon, Tom, and our recent seminary graduate Mike for their diligence in guaranteeing strong connections through worship, discussions, etc. And finally the biggest “thank you” goes to you who have stuck together through this unusual change, focusing on the most important thing that we are called to do – praise God in every way that we can.
Over the next few days, you will receive information about the specifics for the in person services. I ask that you read them and consider what you need to do to make our gatherings happen. Base your personal decision of which service to attend on the level of comfort you are currently feeling.
*If the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor worship the 5:30 service will be held on zoom.
God bless us all in this new phase of worship!
Next step: Communion (bread/body only) offered starting on July 19, 2020.
Reopening has been approved by the diocese; we are planning in-person services at 8 a.m. (inside) and 5:30 p.m. (outside) on Sunday, June 28th. There will be signage to follow within the church, but entrance will be down the side aisles and exit up the center aisle. Parishioners are requested to bring masks; if you do not have one to wear, we will provide one for you. There will also be hand sanitizer available for use as you enter. Individual printed bulletins will be available to pick up at the entry (no one will have touched them for days beforehand); they will also be available on the website, under “Worship- Sunday bulletin,” or further down on this page. All people from separate households must remain separated by at least six feet, and masks must be worn at all times within the church (for that six foot separation). The usher will need to take attendance, including contact information, for all attendants. The initial services are going to be morning prayer (no communion). Please inform the usher if you need to use the bathroom (for protocol information), or follow the directions supplied by the upstairs bathrooms. For the 5:30 outdoor service, please bring your own lawn/camp chair if you have one (and perhaps an umbrella for shade); if you do not have a chair, we will have some folding chairs available. Place the chairs in the marked spaces, or at least six feet from anyone not in your household. Masks need to be worn for the outside service (and will be provided if you do not have one).
Communion is being offered again at the in-person services; schedule delivery of communion for the online services. Follow this link for additional information on our next steps.
Follow this link (check your e-mail or contact a parishioner, or email email@example.com for the password, except by phone) to our daily evening prayer at 5:30. and online Sunday Morning services at 10 a.m.
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