Regathering in COVIDtide
The time has come for us to re-open HOPE Anglican to public worship. We have been given the “go-ahead” by Archbishop Beach provided we follow the State and CDC guidelines for doing so. Our first public worship will take place on Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020.
However, given that one of the main missions of the Church is to care for the “orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27) and having a great concern for the health and wholeness of those with which we come into contact, we will be putting the following safety standards in place.
The following procedures will be followed at HOPE Anglican Chapel:
Sanitizer and “loaner” Face Masks will be set up in the narthex with signs designating where and how they should be used.
Regular parishioners will be encouraged to bring their own masks with them and to put them on before entering the church.
We have suspended the following optional Mass elements; Procession, Passing the Peace, Congregational Singing & Communion by Common Cup.
We will only use every other pew. No more than two unrelated people per pew and unrelated persons must sit 6 ft. apart. Do not use the roped off pews.
Eucharist will be served in one kind only (Host) by pew. Each pew, in turn, will come up the center aisle, keeping distance between them. The host will be offered to each person, whereby they will consume it and return to the pew by the outside aisle.
In place of Hymnals, Prayer Books, and Bibles, the congregation should use the printed worship folders available at the Sanitation Station. The congregation will be asked to take the folder home when they leave.
If you are in a high-risk category, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are sick themselves should continue to watch our Live-stream service on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HOPEanglicanMSJ/). If you would like Eucharist to be delivered to you following the service, please contact Fr. Timothy at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to each service.
Thank you for your help in making our church as safe as possible so that we may worship Christ Jesus our Lord together.
In the Peace of Jesus
Fr. Timothy Doubblestein, MSJ
Rector – HOPE Anglican Chapel