On the first of May, The Anglican Church of the Valley began holding in-person worship services again, the first since March.
For those of you who wish to join us for worship each Sunday now, let me acquaint you with some of the precautions we are taking and how you can help keep everyone safe and healthy.
Prior to the service, we clean the bathrooms and wipe down all frequently touched surfaces with antiseptic wipes and/or an alcohol solution. While the chance of contracting the coronavirus from a surface is probably slim, it is a good idea to avoid touching things like doorknobs, hymnals and countertops any more than necessary. We are not using any hymnals or other books except the worship aid during the service. The worship aid will have been prepared days ahead of time and not touched until it is made available on Sunday morning.
There is no music or singing at the service for the time being. The primary way that coronavirus spreads is through droplets in the air produced when people sneeze, cough, talk or sing. Singing produces many more of these droplets than talking so we will not be singing for a little while. It is now a state mandate that attendees wear masks during the service. Mask wearing combined with social distancing is the most effective and practical way to prevent the spread of this disease when you are gathering with others. Of course, you will need to remove your mask to receive communion and directions will be given about this during the service.
We gather for worship in the social hall rather than in the sanctuary. The social hall is much more social distance friendly than the sanctuary and also much easier to clean. When you arrive, please enter through the new glass porch on the side of the building or through the kitchen door at the back. If you are entering through the kitchen door, please walk the length of the kitchen and enter the social hall through the passage next to the Rabbi’s office. Chairs will be arranged in pairs spaced six feet apart, please sit only with members of your own household. If there are more than two people in your household, please feel free to move chairs together to make a household grouping. While it will be impossible to remain six feet from everyone the whole time we are together, please be conscious of social distancing and try to do so as much as is practical.
Communion will be distributed under the form of bread alone and the priest will bring communion to you rather than the congregation forming a communion line. There will be no passing of the peace, no coffee hour and no Adult Sunday School until further notice. Worship will begin at 11 am, please try to be at the Temple and seated ten minutes prior to the beginning of the service.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation and I ask for your patience as we try to do things in a different way. Hopefully, we can begin to ease these restrictions soon and return to our normal practice in a few months.
Blessings to all,
A Message From The Vicar