We invite you to join us at 7pm on Wednesday, November 25th for Thanksgiving Eve Mass. Being at night, we will hold this service in the church at St. Andrew’s with a few additional modifications including doubling the space between people to every fourth pew. Traditionally we have around 25 people at this service so there is ample space within the church to safely distance, don’t forget your masks!
The service will be livestreamed for those who wish to join us from home.
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic St. Andrews will offer in person, on-site services in a modified format. This format addresses safety concerns for both parishioners and those conducting worship services including the clergy, members of the music ministry and other assisting lay persons in various roles.
Date: Wednesday, November 25th
Location of services: Inside the church utilizing every 4th pew for seating.
Prior to the Service:
Please enter through the front doors of the church, the office and parish hall will remain closed TFN.
Parishioners not feeling well before coming to church need to stay home to care for themselves and protect others.
Everyone will have their temperature taken, before entering the church with a thermal non-contact thermometer. Anyone who presents with a fever will be asked to return home and seek medical attention as may be necessary.
Everyone will be expected to wear a mask upon leaving their vehicle and during the service except while taking communion. Additional masks will be provided by the church at no cost for those who need them.
Parishioners will be asked to practice hand washing prior to coming to church. Upon entry to the church parishioners will be asked to practice hand hygiene using had sanitizer which will be made available. Hand sanitizer will also be available in the narthex and frequent use is encouraged such as prior and after receiving Communion and prior to leaving at the end of the service
The church doors will be opened 15 minutes prior to the start of service. Parishioners are to remain in their cars until that time. The Service will not start until everyone is seated.
Once inside and seated, parishioners are to remain there for the entire service, except for to receive Communion. Rows will be blocked off so that alternate pews will be used between the choir and front rows of the church. We have ample space .
The Collection Plate will be placed at the back of the church so that upon entering offerings may be deposited in the plate.
Doors and windows in the church will be left open during the services to increase fresh air flow. Parishioners will enter and exit through the front doors of the church only.
During the Service:
A single person will read all appropriate readings for the day.
Communion will be limited to receiving the Host only. Instructions will be given as to where Communion will be administered as well as guidance for maintaining social distancing while moving from and back to the pew.
After the Service:
At the conclusion of the service the ushers will cue those in the pews when to exit so as to maintain an orderly departure while maintain social distancing.
There will be no formal fellowship gatherings, such as Coffee Hour, until Phase 3.If parishioners wish to speak to others following the service, a 6 minimum feet distance must be maintained and masks must be worn. Parishioners will be reminded to watch out for others as they return to their vehicles.
Restrooms will be available only on an emergency basis. Parishioners are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly prior to arrival. Should there be an emergent need the individual will be escorted to the office and the rest room will be sanitized immediately after use.
All access to the rest of the building will be strictly prohibited, this includes the sacristies, choir room, rest rooms and offices.
All accessed surfaces will be disinfected after the service.
As national, state, and local health department recommendations are modified, the practices will be modified to be in concert with those recommendations.