October 19, 2020

Dear saints,

Thank you to each of you who completed our short survey about outdoor worship. We were delighted with the positive response, and I am very happy to announce here that starting this Sunday, October 25, we will host three outdoor services in the courtyard spaces at All Saints', in addition to our online service.

Outdoor services will be at 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Numbers are limited to 50 people per service and in order to keep everyone safe we will need to maintain a physical distance of six feet and everyone over two years old will need to wear a mask. We are asking people to bring their own seating and a device to follow the service online. We will not be printing bulletins and sadly we will not be able to sing together, as per diocesan protocols. Each service will last about 35-40 minutes and like our 10:00 a.m. service it will be a service of the Word, so no Holy Communion. To find out more details about the service and to register online please follow this link >>

I also invite you to take a look at our FAQs (please scroll to the bottom of this email). Should you have any questions that are not answered here, please do be in touch.
It has been quite the journey since mid-March when this all began. No doubt these outdoor services will be very different to what we are used to on Sundays at All Saints’, and we recognize that this will not be for everyone, including those among us who cannot gather in person in this way at this time. I look forward to the day so very much when all of us we will be able to worship together again. In the meantime, the livestream service will continue to broadcast at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday and we will continue to find ways to be a church together on and off this block.
As Paul writes to the church in Corinth, ’now we know only in part, even as we are fully known’. For those who will gather on the block on the Sundays to come we will do so trusting that even as we gather as a smaller part of our whole body, the Spirit of the living God will bind us one to another until we can all meet again.
Peace,
The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring
Rector
Outdoor Worship FAQs

How many outdoor services will there be each Sunday?
Presently, we will be holding three outdoor services on Sundays at 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. We also host a labyrinth walk at 6:00 p.m. 
 
Where will the services take place?
We will hold services in the courtyard spaces at All Saints’. People will be seated in pods (people with whom they have shared a home for the past 14 days) each of which will be numbered. You will be checked-in by our staff and told your pod number on arrival.

Do I need to wear a mask?
Yes please. Mask wearing is required at all times for everyone over the age of two years old. If you forget to bring a mask, we will have a spare for you to use. 

What about seating?
We are asking people to bring their own chairs to sit on for the service. For those who do not or who cannot bring one, we will have plastic church chairs available for you to use.

How can I follow the service?
We send an email on Sunday mornings which will include a link to the service bulletin. You will need to bring a phone or other device to follow the service. We will not be providing printed bulletins as per diocesan protocols.

Is there anything else I need to bring?
Yes. Please bring your All Saints’ name tag to help us check you in on arrival.

Do I need to maintain physical distance even though we are outside?
Yes, so that we can keep everyone safe, it is very important that you maintain at least six feet of distance between you and people outside of your pod at all times.

Are children welcome?
Yes! Children are very welcome and will stay with their families for the duration of the service.
 
Where can I park?
You can park in the upper level of the parking deck and the surface parking lot next to Egleston Hall.

May I attend more than one service per Sunday?
We ask you to attend only one service per Sunday so as to make room for others who wish to attend. 

What happens if the service registration is full?
If any given service reaches 50 people in total, people who register after that will be placed on a waiting list.

If I cannot attend after all, what should I do?
If your plans change please inform us and we will open up your spaces for others who may be on a waiting list.

Will the service be cancelled in the case of bad weather?
Yes, if the weather is bad, you will receive notice that outdoor Sunday services have been cancelled. 

What kind of service will this be?
It will be a service of the Word - so no Holy Communion - almost exactly the same as our 10:00 a.m. livestream service.

Is the livestream service continuing?
Yes, we will continue to offer livestream services on Facebook and Vimeo at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday.

Will the restrooms be open?
No, as per our COVID-19 protocols, restrooms will not be available other than on an emergency basis.

May I enter the buildings?
We know much we all miss seeing inside our church building and in other spaces, however, it will not be possible to enter the buildings at this time. 

Is food and drink allowed?
We will not be serving any food or drinks and we would prefer you not to bring any food and drinks to the campus for the service.

May I linger after the service? 
We know you want to visit with each other. Unfortunately, we will need to invite you to leave following the service to allow us time to prepare for the next service.  

Can newcomers attend? 
Yes! Newcomers are always welcome at All Saints’. 

May I bring a guest?
Yes you are most welcome to. Please be sure to register them or invite them to register themselves.
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