Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
To begin, I want you to know how much I miss you. I miss our lives together, worshiping and supporting one another in person. This five month separation has been so difficult, but I am thankful for what we have been able to do in Christ’s name, and that we will regather soon!
You may have heard our Youth Group and their families will enjoy a picnic (on the lawn, no food) Eucharist the evening of August 16th. This is the beginning of our outdoor regathering, allowing us to start small and check our processes to make sure we can do it safely. As part of the process, families in attendance will register using an online application called Eventbrite. This will allow us to know who’s present should a Covid-19 case be made known to us. Everyone will be required to wear masks and seating will be social distanced.
If everything goes well with this regathering, we will offer an 8 a.m. outdoor worship service the following Sunday 8/23, for up to 50 people who register through Eventbrite. A list of precautions will be provided so you can be prepared in advance. If this service goes well, we will continue early morning outdoor Sunday worship through the end of the month. Once Father Cameron joins us, he will help us decide how to proceed in September. Most likely we will continue to offer the early morning outside service, adding additional services in the Parish Hall with all the doors open and then into the Sanctuary. Virtual church will continue to be available weekly for those not ready to attend in person.
I am excited to begin regathering, but want to make sure we are doing it safely. Please watch your email, the website and social media for timely information about registering for upcoming Sunday worship. The message will go out after 8/16, when we have a chance to evaluate the outcome of the Youth service.
Blessings to you this day,
St. Richard’s Senior Warden