What St. Paul’s is doing to ensure safely returning to church.
LIVE-STREAMING ONLY DUE TO CASE RISE IN VIRGINIA
RETURNING TO SERVICE
WHEN ATTENDING CHURCH
We are thrilled to return to worshiping together in church! The safety and well-being of our congregation is of utmost importance to us. If you are attending service we ask you please observe the following guidelines.
WHAT TO EXPECT AS WE RETURN TO WORSHIP
FROM BISHOP HAYNES:
“We are unfortunately seeing a rise in the number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths,” I wrote to you, as your Bishop, just weeks ago. Since then, that trend has accelerated. Virginia’s overall positivity rate has now surpassed 10%, multiple counties in our Diocese exceed that rate with some approaching 20%, and the upswing, according to health professionals, will surge in the coming weeks.
Accordingly, effective immediately all indoor church activities including worship are suspended in the Diocese of Southern Virginia until further notice. This suspension applies to every congregation in the Diocese. The Health Advisory Panel will continue to monitor developments to determine when the surge subsides sufficiently to enable indoor, in-person activity and worship to resume. Until then, all virtual activities including virtual worship and virtual formation activities are expected to continue for the spiritual health and well-being of all.
WHAT WILL THE EUCHARIST LOOK LIKE?
When we celebrate the Holy Eucharist in the midst of our current health restrictions, what will actually happen? First of all, as he does before every service, the Rector will thoroughly wash his hands with soap and water for more than the required 20 seconds. Secondly, the Prayer of Consecration will be said at the altar with the bread covered by a purificator and the wine covered by a pall. Thirdly, just before distributing the bread, the Celebrant will sanitize his hands at the altar. Lastly, those who wish to come forward to receive the consecrated host may move to the Chancel steps and receive a wafer from the Celebrant. Each person in line is asked to maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet unless receiving with a family member.
Receiving the Eucharist “in one kind,” i.e. just the bread, is “efficacious” because Christ’s Body – his Real Presence – cannot be broken up into separate “pieces” some of which are better rhan others. We normally receive the Eucharist in both kinds as a reminder of the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday that demonstrate for us God’s abiding love in his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Responding to coronavirus/COVID-19 in Southern Virginia
Click below for the latest from Bishop Haynes and the Advisory Panel for Re-Gathering the Church, and resources for congregations as Southern Virginia responds to coronavirus/COVID-19 in our communities.
Stay on top of the latest information for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam announced that Virginia enters Phase Three of the Forward Virginia reopening plan on
Wednesday, July 1.
Wash your hands often, stay home if you are sick, and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
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