In Person Worship Returns
God willing and the creek don’t rise, Grace St. Paul’s will return to outdoor, in-person worship beginning on Palm Sunday, March 28. After Vestry deliberation and the advice of our Covid Task Force, the decision has been made that while indoor worship still poses some risk, even at 25% capacity, socially distanced outdoor worship has become a viable option once again.
In addition, your live-streaming team has been hard at work developing and testing ways for us to stream the outdoor service. We are now confident that we will be able to do just that. This means that we will have the luxury of being able to have our outdoor service at 10 AM. Beginning Palm Sunday, you can choose to live-stream the service at home or be in person at the outdoor service, both at 10 AM. Outdoor worship services will all be Communion services. (Bread only)
We will continue Sunday outdoor services at 10 AM on Easter Sunday, April 4, through the Bishop’s visitation on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2. At that point, we will reevaluate the time of the outdoor service based on the weather. It is also at least conceivable at that point that Covid infections could reduce enough that we could consider distanced indoor worship.
The outdoor Sunday services will not affect other services during Holy Week. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will continue to be live-streamed only at 7 PM.
Here is your cheat sheet for the services of Holy Week through the Bishop’s visit:
Good Friday April 2 7 PM Live-stream only
A stunning Tenebrae service of moving music and effects
Holy Saturday April 3 Noon
A short service sitting in the nothingness after death and before resurrection
Easter Sunday April 4 10 AM In person outdoor and live-stream
All the pageantry! Trumpets, baptism, a Vigil and Easter all at once
We will have a fun Sunday School at the outdoor Easter Sunday service at 10am! Kids will hear the story of Jesus’s resurrection, play games, and have an Easter egg hunt.
Wear your Easter bonnets & hats for the Easter Parade following the service.
Easter Two April 11 10 AM In person outdoor and live-stream
Easter Three April 18 10 AM In person outdoor and live-stream
Easter Four April 25 10 AM In person outdoor and live-stream
Easter Five - Bishop visit May 2 10 AM In person outdoor and live-stream
Bishop Reddall in-person, Confirmation, Receptions
(Talk to Steve+ by April 20 if you would like to be confirmed or received into the parish)
Easter Five May 2 2 PM In person
Regional Confirmations hosted by GSP
See you live and in person very soon!