Effective with the Wednesday Morning Contemplative Eucharist on May 26, St. Peter’s will be open at capacity for in-person worship to fully vaccinated persons. We will be able to gather inside unmasked, to sit and kneel and cozy up to one another without regard for social distancing; we will be able to sing, to approach the altar together, to take communion together, and to drink from a common cup.
As you know, health authorities advise that most of those activities are unsafe for persons who are not fully vaccinated. We are mindful that there are persons for whom the vaccine is not yet available, medically contraindicated, or eschewed. If this applies to you, let me know (email@example.com or 207-594-8191) because there are ways we can reach out to you, be with you, pray with you, and bring you communion without endangering you.
Our Sunday morning service will continue to be live-streamed on Zoom, and will be available to all remotely. But beginning on Wednesday, we will ask for proof that you are fully vaccinated for admission to in-person worship. (The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated when it has been at least two weeks since receiving the second of the two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks since receiving the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.) This proof needs to be shown only once:
- bring your vaccination record card with you to church,
- bring a photocopy of your vaccination card and keep your original safe at home,
- take a picture of your card with your phone and show us the picture when you get to church, or
- scan it to make a pdf or take a picture of it and email or snail mail either of those forms to the church office.
You will surely be able to come up with other ways, but you get the gist: we must see proof that you are fully vaccinated.
For the vast majority of us who are vaccinated, this will be welcome news, but any limits on the lifting of restrictions are painful reminders that covid 19 is still with us. And that affects us all. The CDC, the governor, Bishop Brown and I consider this but an interim stage towards being able to be fully open.
I will say more about these changes in the next weeks as they relate to all our constituencies.
And we will take time in the next weeks after Sunday morning’s service to address any questions or concerns you might have.