Thanks for your feedback in our gathering survey. We are considering your input and ideas as well as the requirements of the state and the Diocese as we consider gathering in-person for worship.
Most of the respondents to the survey indicated that the virtual church service has been an important part of our life together during this crisis. And many among us specifically requested that these online services continue even after we begin to gather in-person. So, we are committed to maintaining a virtual church service for the foreseeable future, and we are committed to having the online stream part of our worship experience even after we begin gathering in person. The Vestry has approved purchasing equipment to make streaming more reliable and sustainable.
In the survey just over half of the respondents indicated interest in coming to the church for private prayer.
In mid-August we expect to open the church on Sunday afternoons for a couple of hours for prayer. Be watching for more information about how you can sign-up to participate.
Just under 40% of respondents indicated a readiness to attend an in-person service at the church. Over the next several weeks, we will be following the requirements of the Diocese and the state so that we can begin holding in-person services.
The exact time of our first in-person service will be determined by our receiving approval from the Diocese, and by our own confidence that we are prepared. We expect that our first service might happen in early fall.
Alongside our own preparation for in-person worship we continue to work with our renters as they plan to reenter the All Saints’ buildings. The Good Korean Church has decided to wait until All Saints’ resumes worship. We know that our careful coordination with all of our renters, particularly in cleaning and hygiene, are essential to all our safety.
Please continue to reach out to members of the committee with any questions you have. The lay members are James Talkington, Nancy Morrison and Regina Raz.