Updated COVID Mitigation Policy

Updated - May 20, 2021

 

RECENT UPDATES (May 20, 2021)

  • Diocese of Eastern PA Updated Directives (May 17, 2021) - here
  • In response to the updated Diocesan Directives we have moved the timeline for the removal the pew barriers and social distancing. We will remove the barriers immediately. Note: Sunday, May 23 is a scheduled outdoor Liturgy. On Sunday, May 30 there will be no occupancy restrictions, however the hall will be available for those who wish to socially distance. We ask that those worshiping in the hall to come to the church at Communion if they are prepared to receive the Holy Eucharist.

MASKING UPDATES (May 14, 2021)

  • CDC "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People" - here
  • Commonwealth of PA "Department Of Health Mask Order Reflects Latest CDC Guidance For Fully Vaccinated Individuals" - here
  • Due to the latest guidance, please note that there will be both masked and unmasked individuals at worship.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

  • We no longer require pre-registration (Sign-Up Genius) for services
  • There will be no occupancy limitations in the church.
  • The full choir will return without restrictions.
  • At Holy Communion -
    • Those who wish to continue to receive by having the Eucharist turned in their open mouth may do so, however we will no longer have separate lines.
    • Tissues will continue to be available for those who wish to use them, or you may use the communion cloth to wipe your own mouth.
    • The servers/vestry will not initiate the wiping of people’s mouths.
  • We will continue to live-stream the services, and to offer an additional gathering space at the hall (whether the Liturgy is indoors or outdoors) to allow for overflow and/or the individual comfort of parishioners.
  • The Cross will be offered at the conclusion of the service – the faithful may venerate the Cross or simply bow towards it. The same is true for the holy icons as well as the Chalice at Communion.
  • At least once a month (throughout the summer) we will schedule an Outdoor Liturgy, which will be announced on a Friday evening or Saturday morning depending on the weather forecast.
  • Throughout the summer, fellowship will be held both inside the lower hall and on the lower hall patio. We anticipate returning to the upper hall in the fall.

FINALLY:

  • We recognize that everyone will not be comfortable returning at the same pace. As Christians we are called to be gracious towards one another. It is our hope that the plan outlined above will give our faithful options to participate in the life of our community in a way that makes the most sense for themselves and their families.
  • We will not re-institute the practice of taking a collection during the Liturgy. Many of our faithful are now giving online, through the mail, or through a scheduled bank-draft. We will continue to have a tithing basket on the candle desk for those who wish to give via envelope. Thank you for your generosity and sacrificial care for our parish and its ministry.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God...  Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  1 Peter 4:8-10; 12-13