HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE:
Keeping parishioners and staff safe during the pandemic is our priority. We follow guidance provided by the local and state health departments, the CDC, and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Masks are currently required for indoor worship, regardless of vaccination status. We continue with modified procedures for receiving Holy Communion and distancing for musical leaders. Please be considerate of those who themselves (or those they are caring for) may be unvaccinated or immunocompromised and therefore continue to need to maintain distancing and other precautions. We continue to monitor local conditions and adjust our protocol as advised by the CDC, local and state legislators, and our medical advisor.
During the pandemic, we implemented many precautions to keep parishioners and staff safe during our indoor services. These included pre-registration, masks, face shields, gloves, plastic barriers, sanitizing stations, limited numbers, distanced seating, no congregational singing, no choir, safe communion protocol, pre-service and post-service cleaning, cold fogging (with HOCl), and open doors. The church is well ventilated, fogged, and cleaned between services, and doors continue to be left open whenever possible during services. We no longer require advance registration, social distancing or masks for vaccinated worshippers. Communion is still distributed using a modified protocol and the Act of Spiritual Communion is also offered. In addition, parishioners are encouraged to take communion at home during live stream services – simply contact the clergy to arrange home delivery of pre-consecrated host.
Attendance at in-person services and activities is solely at your own risk. Please understand that while we are taking many precautions to keep our worshippers safe, we cannot eliminate the transmission of infectious diseases. There is inherent risk in gathering with others, even with social distancing, disinfection, and other protective measures in place. We recommend that you consider your risk level carefully as you decide whether or not to attend in-person services. If you are considered to be in a ‘vulnerable’ population, we encourage you to watch our live stream services. Our services and activities continue to be live-streamed so that everyone can worship with us.