In-Person Eucharist in August!
Dear friends in Christ,
As I mentioned before in the Fledgling, we have scheduled in-person outdoor services throughout the month of August, to give us a chance to see one another, and to celebrate the Eucharist together.
These services will happen in two groups:
—On Sunday morning, August 16th and August 23rd at 10:30am at Peg and Ed’s farm in Groton (Directions will be mailed to you when you sign up)
—On Wednesday evenings, August 12th, 19th, and 26th at 6pm in the front yard of St. John’s.
We will require signups if you would like to attend. Diocesan guidelines mean that we can only have 25 people total at a service—including myself, readers, and tech folks. Where space is limited (like in the front yard) we can only have fewer. Sign ups for each service can be found HERE. If you have trouble with the online signups, you can also call AnnMarie at the office.
Also, we will ask you to please wear a mask at all times at the service, and please remain 6 feet apart from anyone not living in your household. The services will only be 30 minutes long, because we will not have music. This also means that we cannot make public restrooms available, so please plan accordingly. If you will need a chair, please bring a camp chair. If you have more than one camp chair, and can bring them for folks who are unable to tote heavier things, please do. We will make disinfectant spray available.
We will have single-use bulletins available for pickup at the service, but should you need a prayer book, we invite you to bring one from home. We will also have hand sanitizer available as well as disinfectant, but we encourage you to bring your own as well, should you have it.
The services will be streamed online, so that the whole community can still participate, regardless of their physical presence.
It is my hope that these services, while not what we're used to or what we desire, will help tide us over until this pandemic ends. While gathering in this way will still be an imperfect expression of our communion with Christ and one another, let it be a reminder to all of us that nothing--not even the ravages of covid-19--can sever us from the love of God we find in Christ.