We are thrilled to announce that we will begin regathering as a church for corporate worship beginning this Sunday, May 31, which is fittingly the Day of Pentecost! Of course, we will take a number of precautions as we ease back into our worship routine out of love for our neighbor. To help us regather successfully, please review these guidelines, the essentials of which are listed below:
- We will offer three said Morning Prayer services (no Eucharist) at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 am.
- Each service will be limited to 50 people, and so we ask parishioners to sign up for the service they’d like to attend by notifying the church office (email Fr. Wes). We will also intentionally leave room for guests to attend.
- Since the nursery and Children’s Church will not yet be offered, please keep your children close at all times.
- Households will sit together, keep six feet of distance from others, and wear masks.
- We support those in our vulnerable population (65+ years old or those with underlying health conditions) in their decision to remain home at this time. A live feed of the 9:45 service will be provided online.
Know that these measures are the result of a collaborative effort that includes guidance from the Province, our Bishop and fellow diocesan clergy, our vestry, and health workers in our community. While these measures are clearly not ideal (and understandably frustrating), they will finally allow us to regather once again as the Body of Christ while demonstrating love toward others. As conditions continue to improve, these restrictions will ease with time, and our patience will be rewarded.
Quick Links for Sunday, May 24
- Bulletin (audio if needed) | Homily (Audio | Video)
- Live Children's Conversation at 10:45 am | Family Resources
- Prayer List | Prayers for COVID-19
- Children's Curriculum | ages 3–6 | ages 7–11
- Mail Financial Offerings (preferred) to 212 McClellan Rd, 38305 or GIVE ONLINE
- This week's Upcoming Video Calls
We do our best work as the Church when we have genuine confidence that the wisdom and love of God is constantly at work in the world. God is bringing his Kingdom to bear upon this broken world through his Church, and we are both recipients and participants in this great drama! Such is the basis for our peaceful confidence, and it enables us to see the Coronavirus as an opportunity rather than a threat.
Other Helpful Links
- ACNA Livestream Page
- Handwashing and Coronavirus by Dr. Elisa Song on Healthy Kids | Happy Kids
- Listen to Love and Courage in a Global Pandemic by Allender Center at the Seattle School
- How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19 by Jamie D. Aten, Ph.D. on Psychology Today
- How to Stay Emotionally Healthy during the Coronavirus Outbreak by Jamie D. Aten, Ph.D. on Psychology Today
- Spiritual Communion during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Jonathan Warren