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Sunday Morning Protocols for Outdoor Worship

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Greetings Members of Church of Annunciation:

We are in a covenant with our Diocese to maintain the safety of our members by following the protocols below.

Guidelines to know before you arrive.

  1. Please assess yourself for COVID-19 symptoms before you come:
    1. Cough, shortness of breath/compromised breathing, chills, fever (100 degrees or more), muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 via lab tests.
      1. If you have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you wait for 14 days before returning because COVID-19 can be carried while being asymptomatic.
    2. If you do not feel well in any way, please refrain from coming.

Guidelines for Worship

Out of respect for others in the spirit of the Great Commandment, please follow these protocols:

  1. Upon arrival, please check in with the volunteer at the desk for hand sanitizer, a mask if you do not have one, and any other directions.
    1. There will be an alms basin on the table for those who desire to give an offering.
  2. Masks must be worn except when receiving communion.
  3. Families/individuals are asked to maintain at least a six foot distance from others in the courtyard, and asked to remain in your location throughout the service.
  4. If you wish to sit during the modified Eucharist, please bring your own lawn chair.
  5. Only water will be allowed in the worship space.
  6. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after touching public areas such as door knobs.
  7. Protocols for bathroom use will be listed on the door.
  8. Bathrooms will be the only accessible parts of the building.
  9. The Peace will be exchanged at the end of the service. Bowing or nodding the head to acknowledge others are appropriate ways express this at this time.

The Liturgy of Holy Communion

  1. The Liturgy will be posted to Facebook, the Website (episcopalluling.com) as an attachment to the weekly newsletter you receive on Saturday or Sunday mornings. There will be no bulletins available.  Please use your phone or tablet to follow along.  Or bring your own Book of Common Prayer.
  2. There will be a brief hymn of one or two verses at the beginning of the service. Singing increases the rate of exhalation which can increase potential contagions into the air.
  3. The Eucharist will be taken from Communion Under Special Circumstances on p. 397 of the Book of Common Prayer.
  4. The service will have a Gospel Reading, prayers and the Eucharist, ending with the Peace. There will be no sermon.  The sermon will be available during Morning Prayer online at 10:30 a.m. and in written form on the website.  The Eucharist will end with a blessing and The Peace.
  5. During communion, the priest will take communion to you in one kind (bread) and drop it into your open hand, standing or sitting.
  6. There will be questions about the reading(s) written at the end of your bulletin. Please use them with family and friends to further deepen the gospel message in your lives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  This isn’t easy for any of us.  By agreeing to these protocols, it will help our community work together with a greater sense of unity despite the awkward nature of the protocols.

Peace,

Fr. Mark