Dear Friends in Christ,
Bishop Andy Doyle has issued new protocol guidelines for worship and assemblies for Phase II during the Pandemic. Here is a summary of the guidelines that will apply to our common life at St. Mark’s Church.
Requirements applying until the end of Phase III:
*Masks will be worn indoors even for those who are vaccinated.
*Please continue to RSVP at the website for all services.
*If you are in a risk category, we recommend that you do not come to church.
*If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to church.
Phase II Protocols:
*Attendance will be governed by the physical distancing rule of 6-10ft. This does not apply to family groups.
*Attendance at live worship will follow the 25% capacity rule. (The Nave at St. Mark’s Church can easily accommodate 100).
*Your congregation may begin to sing with masks and physical distancing of at least 6ft. We recommend masks for all choir members.
*Prayer Books and Hymnals can be used. Pew cushions return. We will continue to make printed copies of special services and the 10:00 AM Sunday morning service.
*Shared communion cup for drinking is not appropriate. We can return to intinction. (Intinction is the practice when each person dips the wafer into the wine). You may also choose to receive the bread only. Masks should be worn by all during the distribution of communion.
Holy Week and Easter Services:
Please see our schedule for special services.
We will offer both 8 AM Holy Eucharist – Rite I and 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist – Rite II on Easter Sunday. The 8 AM service is returning as part of our regular Sunday morning schedule.
The Rev. Mark T. Crawford
Holy Week 2021 at St. Mark’s
This year’s Holy Week and Easter season promises to be especially poignant. The lengthening of days and the warming weather have always been reminders of the movement toward Easter, but this year the increasing rates of vaccination and the improving timeline for emerging from the pandemic give this season an added resonance. It has been such a difficult and trying year, but still Resurrection comes. We invite you to make St. Mark’s part of your journey towards the empty tomb in 2021.
St. Mark’s continues to invite worshippers to physically gather while being mindful of an ongoing pandemic. We continue to follow the guidelines for worship as set forth by our Bishop Andy Doyle. These include the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and not exceeding our capacity to safely accommodate worshippers (currently approximately 100 people). In an abundance of caution, the building is disinfected after each use. Thank you for understanding and cooperating with these efforts.
To sign up for one or more of the following services, please RSVP here.
10 AM Liturgy of the Palms (with procession) and Holy Eucharist Rite II
7 PM Holy Eucharist Rite II with stripping of the altar
Noon Reading of the Passion narrative, the Solemn Collects, and Veneration of the Cross
11 AM Easter Egg Hunt (open to the public): picnic lunch, petting zoo, and pictures with the Easter Bunny
8 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I (traditional language) with organ and soloist
10 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II with choir