An Abundance of Love: COVID Precautions
With thanks to the Regathering Committee:
Dave Wetherbee, chair; Nancy Kinner, Glenis Elliot, Sharon Steele and Stephanie Batterman
We welcome you to Grace Church and our worship this morning. In light of rising COVID cases in Maine, and out of love and an abundance of caution, we are making some changes so that we can continue to worship together in person. Top in our considerations: how do we care for one another? How do we respond to conditions with love, hope and wisdom, rather than fear and anxiety? Of what do we need to be aware so that we can continue to worship in person?
We ask everyone, even if you are fully vaccinated, to mask. See the prayer for masking up on the flip side of this notice.
We are taking contact names and numbers in an abundance of caution;
Please be aware of physical distancing in church – while we will not be marking off pews, it will be good to make sure you have some space around you.
Please stay in your pews during the peace and acknowledge one another with a bow – make this an intentional moment of offering and receiving the deep peace of God at a time when we are especially aware of needing it!
We will share communion standing – please come to one of the communion stations at the center aisle, receive the bread in your hand and, as you make your way back to your pew, lower your mask and consume the bread, remembering that you are part of the Body of Christ.
For the time being, we will not have coffee hour. It has been delightful to have a time of fellowship and conversation in the Memorial Garden. However, as the weather changes and with cautions about being in indoor space without masks, it becomes difficult to imagine planning for coffee hour. Please feel free to visit with one another inside (with masks) or outside following the service.
You can now donate or pay your pledge using Pay Pal, the safe way to pay online.
Please see the Worship page for information on our Zoom services.
Our Diocese webpage has some excellent links: https://www.episcopalmaine.org/benefits-hidden/live-stream-services
The National Cathedral is still streaming services daily. You can live stream services of Holy Eucharist at the National Cathedral every Sunday at 11:15am as well as Morning and Evening Prayer Monday-Saturday at 7am and 7pm, respectively. Simply go to https://cathedral.org/worship/ and select the service you want. In addition, you can watch services you’ve missed.