Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A number of people have recently asked when we would have a mask-required service. To be honest, when the pandemic started, I thought that it would be over by now, and things would be back to normal. I wish that it were so, but we are not there yet. Every day, along with people around the world, I pray for an end to the pandemic, for a vaccine to be developed, for those who are sick, and for first responders in the medical another other fields. (If you are one of them, thank you!)
I know that there are still many of you who are concerned about coming to church, because of your underlying health conditions. Know that our prayers are with you! For those who are vulnerable, and still sheltering at home most of the time, we will continue our on-line service at 10:45 a.m. every Sunday. For those who have been asking for a "mask-required" service, I am happy to announce that the 5:00 p.m. service will now be available. In a sanctuary that seats 550, we can accommodate a lot more people, with plenty of room for distancing.
So, starting this Saturday, 08/15, at 5:00 p.m., we will ask that everyone wear a mask (we have them if you forget to bring one) during the service, except when receiving Holy Communion. The priest or deacon leading the service will not be required to wear their mask when talking, praying or singing, and the worship team will not wear them when singing, but all of these will be at a distance from the congregation.
We are also working on facilitating streaming our 10:45 a.m. service into Whyburn-Roderick Hall, but it will take a little more time.
So, please remember:
- If you have any symptoms of sickness of any kind, please join us on Sunday through our live streamed service instead of coming to church.
- Wear your mask during the service, except when receiving Holy Communion.
- Please do not physically touch others, unless perhaps a fist or elbow bump, if they seem comfortable with that.
- Put some distance between you and other family groups.
Thank you for your consideration of those who are concerned about their health and the health of their loved ones.
Just as our Lord Jesus calmed the storm with a command, may He give you His peace in the midst of the anxiety caused by this pandemic.
Yours in His Name,