September 18, 2020
Dear Parish Family,
I am following up on the letter I sent earlier in the summer about worship and programming at St. Paul’s during the time of COVID. I have put together a committee of parishioners to consider mission, medical, engineering (e.g. ventilation) and legal perspectives in order to determine when we are able to meet in-person for worship and programming. Safety is our priority. The committee has put together metrics that will guide our decision-making on both worship and programming over the coming months.
At this time, I do feel it is safe to hold limited, physically-distanced outdoor services. I believe we can fit in 2 or 3 Sundays before the weather turns cold. Our first Sunday with outdoor worship and instrumental music will be September 27. We will offer Morning Prayer at 10:15 am and Evening Prayer at 4:00 pm. Registration is required – attendance is limited to meet safety standards. We will send out information early next week about how to register along with the guidelines for attendance. If the weather is bad or the metrics shift significantly before the scheduled services, we will cancel the services and consider rescheduling for the following week. Please stay home if you are not feeling well, suspect you were exposed to the virus, or believe you are part of our vulnerable population. We will continue to record services with Holy Eucharist and choral music and will send out the link on Sunday mornings.
For now, in-person programming will be limited to outreach events, such as the Food Drive this coming Saturday.
I am so grateful to all of you for continuing to grow a loving community! You are giving your time, energy and creativity to our worship and programming. My thanks, also, to a fabulous staff who have pivoted, reimagined and made possible a new way of being community.
Peace and Blessings,