As of June 21, 2021, the following changes were approved by the Vestry:
+ Pre-registration, check-in, and temperature checks will no longer be needed as of June 27th (St. Peter and Paul) and so we will celebrate this important feast day in the spirit of optimism, gratitude for God’s blessings over the past year, and excitement as all fully-vaccinated worshippers we all can now sing during all our services!
+ Put Hymnals and Prayer books back in the pews (once cleaning of the sanctuary is complete in July).
+ Allow all parishioners to sing both indoors and outdoors and the choir may expand to its full membership. All choir members should be fully-vaccinated if at all possible. Choir rehearsal may expand if all are fully-vaccinated. The Vestry will review this in August, knowing the summer choir is traditionally smaller than normal.
+ Allow all fully-vaccinated individuals to worship unmasked at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., & 11 a.m., including the choir. This would be on the honor system and unvaccinated people will be asked to wear masks.
+ Staff is working on increasing airflow on Sunday mornings using fans and opening windows.
+ Expand to total occupancy capacity.
+ Eucharist will continue to be offered in one kind only. The priest should remain masked and gloved when administering the host, even if fully-vaccinated.
+ All of the previously published protocols from the Diocese remain in effect, including allowing for food and drink, as long as it is not in shared containers. We will begin providing water and refreshments outside throughout the anticipated hot summer months knowing the sanctuary is not air-conditioned.
We hope members and their families will continue to support others who may feel anxious or wish to continue wearing masks, especially young families (where children have not yet been vaccinated) or people with immune-related concerns. We continue to offer an outside eucharist at 9 a.m. (weather permitting) throughout the summer. We will continue to have an 8 a.m. spoken service and online streaming of the 11 a.m. service for parishioners who are not ready to return to public worship and those newcomers who have an online relationship with us and may eventually join us in person.
The diversity of practices and support we are giving each other is an important value for this congregation. We feel confident that these changes will energize this new beginning with the call of Rev. Eric Hungerford who joins us, with his family, in August.
Please feel free to reach out and contact us with any concerns or issues that you may have.
Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle, Interim Rector
Ruth Desiderio, Rector’s Warden
Please check the newsletter, Facebook page, and website for links to all our offerings.
- The church is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday for individual prayer and meditation.
- The Parish Office is open with limited staff from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Other staff are working from home.
- Baptisms, weddings, or funerals may be arranged through the clergy, and are subject to COVID protocols.
- Most church activities are online:
- Vestry and many Committee meetings
- Sunday Adult Education Forum
- Community meetings related to the Rector Search
- Godly Play, Confirmation class, Middle and High School Youth, Parents’ Exchange
- Wednesday Book and Action Club
- Wednesday Bible Study
- Some specific community events are being arranged with COVID modifications.
View the current weekend schedule with livestream links. Please check the weekly newsletter or contact us for specific information.
During this time when many of us are not attending church services in person, we are offering a Virtual Collection Plate. Please contribute what you would normally have given each Sunday and help Saint Paul’s continue its important work!