Saturday, October 17, 2020

Guidelines for In-Person Outdoor Worship

 

Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road ☩ 


5 October 2020


Dear Beloved Parishioners,


I am happy to be able to write to you to say that we are re-opening for outdoor Sunday in-person services this Sunday.  Please consider joining us for Morning Prayer at 11am (note the time!) outside the front entrance of the church.  Below are a few important guidelines for us in order to work to stay safe in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. If you do not feel well, please do not come to church.  This should go without saying, but if you have any symptoms at all, or are sick at all, please stay home.  

  2. Masks are required.  Please wear a well-fitted mask for the entire visit to church. 

  3. Practice Social Distancing.  We will place chairs at least six feet away from each other, and we will all keep at least six feet apart.

  4. No singing.  Sadly, we are not allowed to do any congregational singing at this time.  Our organist, Jonathan Stark, will play a prelude and a postlude, and possibly another piece, but there will be no singing. 

  5. Social time after the service.  We will not be having a full “Coffee Hour,” however, if you would like to bring your own food and drink, we will be able to visit with each other, outdoors, and definitely socially distanced for approximately 15 minutes.

  6. Bathrooms.  Our bathrooms will be open, but only open to one person at a time, and we are asking you to wipe down all surfaces after you leave the bathrooms.  


No matter whether you are joining us “in person,” we will continue to have a YouTube Sunday Morning Prayer service (as we have) at 10am.  It will be wonderful to join with those who can make it to our in-person service this Sunday.  Our Vestry did a “trial run” of the service yesterday, and it went well.  


Blessings to you all!



630 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128 ☩ 

434.242.6633


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