Dear Saints of St. Paul’s,
With a thankful heart, I am happy to inform the St. Paul’s community of the recent updates for regathering for worship. Our Bishop has done an extraordinary job leading our diocese during this season of pandemic. She has kept a close eye on her diocese, which is spread far and wide. Bishop Goff recently released a letter to the clergy that details how she will be relaxing most of the restrictions. Bishop Goff still encourages us to be safe, and to bear in mind that our diocese contains many different churches in many different contexts.
The Richmond area is still in the “Yellow Zone” (between 1 and 9 cases per 100,000). This means that there is some spread of the virus in our area. The St. Paul’s community will continue to exercise various levels of caution. We realize that each of you must make decisions to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your loved ones. In this spirit of care and caution, your leadership and the St. Paul’s regathering team have developed the following options for worship on Sunday morning, effective this Sunday, May 30th.
Level I | In the Church
- Masks still required during the service;
Singing allowed with masks (masks must be worn correctly - covering both the mouth and the nose). Here is a great overview of mask protocol.
- Contact-less communion (bread only);
- No registration required (yay!).
Level II | In Scott Hall
- Scott Hall is located in the Parish House on the west side of the church;
- All restrictions in place, including:
- Live stream service projected on a screen in Scott Hall;
- Masks are required during the service;
- Social distancing;
- No singing;
- Contact-less communion (bread only) brought to you in Scott Hall;
Family “pods” will be available with floor space for children. If you are interested in a pod or have any questions, e-mail Linda Willis by noon on Friday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level III | Worship from Home with St. Paul's Livestream
We will continue to stream our Sunday worship services at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live and on our website.
We will no longer be offering Zoom Coffee hour following the service, however, keep an eye out for ways to connect virtually similar to Zoom Coffee Hour.
Building Use/In-Person Meetings
Additionally, we know that some of you are eager to return to in-person meetings. We also realize that some of you have found the ease of Zoom meetings a good and helpful thing. Plans to regather for meetings at St. Paul’s will largely be determined by the staff persons leading your ministry area and other safety and staffing considerations. Please stay tuned as your staff continues to have discussions about this topic and work out more details.
Thank you for your continued faithfulness and loyalty to St. Paul’s, and please join me, when you are able, in thanking the St. Paul’s Staff, Vestry, and all of those who are leading our various ministries. Your flexibility and faithfulness have been an inspiration, and I look forward to being with you as we move into the future that God is imagining.