In consultation with medical experts and in cooperation with the guidelines put out by state and local authorities and our landlords at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the elders have decided to invite our congregation to return to in-person worship as of Sunday, November 1st. It will remain our intention to make ever effort to practice safety as our body slowly returns to physical gathering. A few things in particular are of note:
- It is completely understandable that many in the community are not ready to return to in-person worship quite yet. We encourage each individual and each household to exercise caution as they feel is necessary.
- Our livestream efforts will not change. Our online presence through our YouTube channel will go on as we continue to gather as a church both online and in-person. This does present us with increasing tech needs. If you would feel comfortable serving on the tech team, please contact Dan at email@example.com.
- In gathering together, we will follow the guidelines given to us by our landlords at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. We’re using their space, so we’ll respect their rules. Masks will be requested of all who are indoors, the pews will be spaced out, we’ll follow a “one household per pew” policy, and we ask that those in attendance not sing in service until the end of the current phase.
- Childcare will not be available at this time. Kid’s Community lessons and communications will still be available via online platforms. For more information please contact Jessica Gore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Coffee & Donut “Fellowship Hour” will be continue to be suspended for the time-being as well. The congregation is encouraged to have a time of fellowship outdoors after service.
- We will begin to have communion again. Individually wrapped elements will be available at the entrance on communion Sundays for those who’d like to celebrate the Lord’s Table with us.
None of this is normal. That being said, there is no time like the present for the church to be the church. The safety precautions we’ll follow for the time being will hopefully be as temporary as possible. But the work of the church goes on. As it says in Romans 12:12 - “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”