Latest Revisions to Regathering Procedures at All Saints
July 16, 2021
We’re happy to say that we are moving ever closer to “normal” and hope, by September, to be at something pretty close to that. In the meantime, at the last Vestry Meeting we were able to make several positive changes, while still keeping appropriate safeguards in place – mindful of the risk of variants and dangers to unvaccinated children. The revised Regathering Procedures, as of July, will be available on the Parish Website. Here are the highlights:
The Rector now has the discretion to tailor individual services to be mask-free, if appropriate for those in attendance. (There will always be a portion of the Sanctuary reserved only for people who masked, and all Services will be accessible via Zoom or Facebook streaming. Of course, it’s fine to wear a mask anywhere in the church, on campus, anytime.
Communion will continue to be with wafers only, but individuals will have the option of coming to the communion rail to receive their communion wafers safely, or celebrating with sealed wafers in the pews.
Parish groups and groups from outside the Parish may now meet in the Parish Hall, after contacting the Rector and agreeing on safeguards appropriate for the group.
We will continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, and wear masks when moving about.
Mask wearing will always be appropriate for anyone who prefers to wear them.
Food and beverages will continue to be with commercially packaged products, only, for a while longer.
Look forward to “coffee hours” in the Labyrinth between the Services so people from both services can enjoy them together.
In September, the Vestry will consider getting us as close to “back” as possible, with due attention to the state of variants, safety of children, and levels of current infection in the County. In the meantime, enjoy the loosening of restrictions while we continue to be mindful of the concerns of others.
Father Ken Phelps, Rector Kip At Lee, Senior Warden