As we seek solutions together, let us be united in our love for our Lord, for one another, and for our neighbors. Our Bishop, The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, rightly reminds us that, even as our vaccinated members are safe gathering without social distancing, “our congregations contain immunocompromised people and unvaccinated adults and children. As we navigate this work, we continue to protect the least of our parishioners and clergy.” With these considerations in mind, St. Stephen's is adopting the following revision to our pandemic protocols:
We will continue to hold in-person worships services in the church at 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Sundays and 5:30 pm on Wednesdays, and we will continue to hold online worship services at 9:00 am Sundays.
Those who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated, or who simply prefer to wear a mask, are invited to continue to do so.
Those who have been vaccinated may discontinue mask-wearing (but are welcome to continue to do so, should that be their preference).
St. Stephen's will continue to ensure that there is adequate space provided for those in our community who are vulnerable and/or those who prefer to maintain social distancing.
Vaccination records will not be requested.
Communion wine will continue to be through intinction only.
We respect anyone's preference to share The Peace with physical contact if both people prefer to do so and from a distance as others will prefer.
Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and masks will continue to be made available to anyone who desires them.
St. Stephen's continues to closely monitor the pandemic conditions using the CDC's COVID-19 tracker. We promise to continue to keep you informed of any changes to our protocols based on this data. Our mission at St. Stephen's from Day One of the pandemic has been to put our love of each other at the forefront of our decisions and I thank you for being part of helping us get where we are today. May God continue to bless us and keep us, now and for ever. --- I am here for you, always. Please don't hesitate to call, email, schedule a time to meet with me in-person or by Zoom, or drop in for Coffee with the Rectoranytime. I would love to talk with any of you, answer questions, think out loud together.