I am writing today to update you on our plans for worship here at St. Dunstan's over the next couple of weeks. On the heels of our joy-filled first outdoor service this past Sunday, the Regathering Team and I met this week and decided to offer in-person worship again on Sunday, September 27, at 10 a.m. (weather-permitting). Because it is so important to the spiritual life of our community, this time we also will have the opportunity to partake of Communion (consecrated Bread only - no wine) for the first time since March. Please be assured that much thought and reflection has occurred at the diocesan and parish levels around ways to begin distributing and receiving Communion safely. No one is required to receive the Sacrament, of course: We will offer a Prayer for Spiritual Communion for those who would prefer not to receive (and for those watching the service via livestream), as well as the option to come forward for a distanced blessing. I will share more specific details about the mechanics of receiving the Sacrament in an email next week.
Please remember that you must register in advance (by 12 noon on Friday, September 25) in order to attend the September 27 service. The link for September 27 will go "live" this coming Sunday afternoon, after our online worship service. This past week we did allow a couple of people who signed up after the cutoff to attend, but we cannot continue that practice, going forward. Safe in-person worship during this pandemic requires a great deal of advance planning, and we need to know by Friday whom to expect on Sunday morning. Thank you for your help with this!
If you are planning to worship with us outdoors on September 27, please also consider volunteering to help that day. Many hands do, in fact, make light work, and there are several jobs available - from set-up and clean-up, to checking folks in and directing them to their pods, to monitoring the livestream, to participating in the service as a reader or prayer leader. Please click the image below to sign up to help.
This coming Sunday, September 20, we will worship via Zoom and Facebook Live, as has been our practice for the past several months. (Login information may be found under "This Weekend at St. Dunstan's," below.)
As always, please do not hesitate be in touch with any questions or concerns - or just to say "hi"! Know that I am here to support and walk with you through this strange time in whatever way I can. You are never alone.