Great news…we CAN have in-person services inside our beautiful church building! We look forward to seeing you on Easter.
In response, Grace and Holy Trinity will offer three services on Easter Sunday:
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service in Monroe Park (rain or shine) without music. This service will NOT be live-streamed. You must sign-up to attend.
8:00 a.m. live-streamed ONLY (no congregation present) from inside the church with choral voices and organ.
10:00 a.m. with congregation from inside the church with music. This service will NOT be live-streamed.
Since this is our first re-gathering, please realize the church will look and feel different. Social distancing is required at all times (at least six feet between people not living in the same household), masks will be worn by everyone age 2 and older, and there will be no congregational singing. Our hymnals and Prayer Books are not in the pews.
Arrival. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early so you have plenty of time to check in. You can park in the VCU deck free of charge, the parking lot behind the church, or on the street (Main, Laurel, Cherry, or Cathedral).
There will be two entry points:
- On Laurel Street at the parish hall and office door
- At the rear of the church in the parking lot off Cherry St.
NOTE that the main church doors will be closed for entry.
Before you enter, are you wearing a mask? If you feel ill, do not come to church.
The 7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service outside in Monroe Park will be about a half hour in length; you may bring your own comfortable stadium chair or stand. Masks are available if you forget yours; everyone is mandated to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth to avoid the spread of coronavirus. A printed bulletin will be provided. You must sign-up to attend.
The 8:00 a.m. online only Worship Service will not have a congregation present in the church so we can accommodate more choral voices. This service will be live-streamed for those who are unable to join us in person. A digital bulletin will become available later this week. Be sure to download it before worship on Sunday.
The 10:00 a.m. in-person Worship Service is in the church. You MUST sign-up to attend or be added to a wait list. The doors to the parish hall/office on Laurel Street and the rear door off the parking lot will open 15 minutes before the service so you will have time to check-in, pray, and hear beautiful organ music. The service will last approximately 50 minutes and will not be live-streamed. Physical distancing protocols limit attendance; immediate households will be seated together. Printed bulletins will be provided. We have reached our seating capacity for this service. To be placed on a waiting list, sign up here. If you reserved a seat last week and no longer want to attend, please email us as soon as possible so we can open up spots for other people.
Meet the Rector. After the 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services, you can meet Rev. Duane Nettles in Monroe Park to introduce yourself and say hello since this is the first time we can gather together in-person.
What about children? Children will be seated with their families as there is no nursery at this time. There will be coloring sheets, flowering of the cross, and ways for children to participate in the 10:00 a.m. service.
What about Holy Communion? Communion will not be provided at our Easter service. We will gather a few times in person before we introduce communion into our service. Please be patient as this all takes time to work out the details and make plans with the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic.
Sanitation. Between services, the church will be cleaned and sanitized. Although the restrooms will be open, social distancing requires minimal visitors. There will be no coffee, tea, water or beverages available; ushers will guide you to your pew and escort groups out at the end of the worship service.
Signage will help guide you through these new processes, and staff will be available. Everyone is excited to be re-gathering at last!
Thank you for your patience as we enter this restricted phase of worship. We are so thankful these regulations changed before Easter—what a wonderful celebration!