Dear Families and Friends of St. Andrew’s and All God’s Children,
We are excited to welcome you back this Sunday, June 6th at 9:00 a.m. Our All God’s Children worship service will take place outside, on the front lawn of the rectory. Below you will find important information to help you understand how the service will be conducted in a socially distant manner. Should you have additional questions after reading our plan, please contact Christine Barnhart (contact details below) and she will happily answer your questions
● Review the social distance guidelines as a family.
● Pick out the mask you will be wearing. Masks will be worn at all times regardless of vaccination status.
● Bring a family blanket or beach towels you will spread on the lawn to create your family space for the service. Grownups are welcome to bring a folding chair. Should you have mobility issues preventing you from joining us on the lawn, we will have special area seating on the driveway adjacent to the front lawn so you don’t miss a minute of the service.
● Mask Check! If you forgot one…we have one…just let us know.
● Join the Worship Team on the lawn and listen for the directions of the Ushers for seating.
● Each family member will be given a cross for the Cross Parade. You will hold on to your cross until the conclusion of the service.
● Decide on the musical instrument you want to use to make the most joyful noise!
During the Service
● Remember God loves you and is celebrating our coming back together in person.
● Make a joyful noise. Sing! Nice and loud, so we can hear everyone through their masks!
● Maintain social distance.
● Await the direction of the Ushers to come forward for communion. One family at a time will receive communion. (More on Communion below.)
● Share a sign of God’s grace as we join together on the Prayer Rope in a new way.
● Each family group will be welcomed at the altar to receive communion individually.
● Those wishing to receive communion should hold their hands out to allow Father Aaron to drop the communion wafer into your hands. Please note we are unable to serve the bread we have used in the past, and the host (which is the same we use when we worship indoors) will look and taste different for your child.
● Hold the host in your hand until you return to your seat. Once you are at your seat you may pull your mask down to consume the host and then replace your mask.
For more information, contact Christine Barnhardt
In keeping with the guidance of the Diocese, there will be no “coffee hour” or refreshments following the service.
All families and individuals will be asked to follow the directions of the ushers and proceed to their cars to leave.
We know much of this is new . . . but, we’re all used to “new” by now, right? We will go over all of this at the beginning of the service.
We are all looking forward to gathering this Sunday, June 6th, at 9:00 am, weather permitting (but, at this point, it’s supposed to be sunny and warm).