Special Messages

Reopening Sunday September 13th at 10 am! We are returning to in-person worship at All Saints on Sunday September 13. Here is an outline of what to expect :

  1. Please bring a mask (though we’ll have a few available) and enter by the side
    door so our greeters/sidespersons can “take attendance” (a Public Health
    requirement), offer hand sanitizing and escort you to a “socially distanced”
    pew!
    (Note: you will need to keep all belongings with you at your seat – no hanging up
    coats or leaving items in the side hall. All downstairs spaces are “off limits” for
    now – but you may use the upstairs bathroom, if needed, providing you observe
    cleaning protocols posted there!)
  2. Please leave offerings in the plate at the front of the church since we cannot
    pass it around later in the service.
  3. Once in our seat, unless we are a reader or psalmist, we stay there. (“The
    Peace” is a kind nod to each other from our seats.)
    4 .While we hope we will have music, there cannot be congregational singing in
    case of virus-droplet spread.
  4. Celebrating the Eucharist: (summary of Diocesan guidelines for priests)
    a. the priest will consecrate the Spiritual wine and bread (wafers); the
    priest will stand alone at the altar, wearing a mask when speaking.
    b. communicants remain in their pews with outstretched hands,
    continuing to wear their masks, while the priest distributes wafers
    individually to communicants.
    c. the priest will use hand sanitizer/wear gloves for distributing the
    wafers and must always wear a mask. Wafers will be placed carefully in
    communicant’s hand with minimal contact.
    d. once the communicant has received the wafer, he/she will wait until
    priest has moved on before lowering mask to consume it, then re-cover
    the face.
  5. When our service is over, we should leave our places, directed by
    sidespersons, in a “socially distanced” manner and exit the church by the main
    front door. (Sadly, we cannot share food and fellowship downstairs for the
    time-being.)

I know it all sounds quite strange, but it is necessary to follow all health
guidelines and protect each other.
Do hope this information is helpful for your decision. Remember, Rev. Joan will
continue to email out the weekly services to those of you who wish to stay
home for now.

From Reverend Joan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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