This Sunday is our annual Founders Day celebration, when we acknowledge the people whose faith compelled them to start our beloved parish church. In the spirit of Founders Day, the 5pm Evensong this Sunday will be our first opportunity to worship together in person since March. Evensongs are scheduled for every Sunday at 5pm through November 1. This liturgy of music (no congregational singing), Biblical readings, and prayer will look quite different from Evensongs before the pandemic. Our COVID task force, composed of medical professionals and other lay leaders, has created meticulous plans to insure this service will be as safe as possible. We follow all guidelines set forth by the CDC, New York State and City, and the Diocese of Long Island.
But safety will also require your cooperation. Please read the guidelines for attending Evensong below and be prepared to follow them when you arrive. Above all, please do not attend Evensong if you have any symptoms of illness. Contact the church office by email or phone if you have any questions at all.
Attending church in person will be a big step emotionally and spiritually for many of us, and many in our community are not yet ready to congregate in any form. Follow your gut! If the idea of being in church makes you uncomfortable, why not wait until you are able to enjoy the experience? You are always welcome to worship at home by watching the live stream at 5pm on the All Saints' Park Slope Facebook page.
As our period of physical separation extends beyond half a year, the burden is heartbreaking and excessive. Personally, I dream of the day when we can praise God together in person with one voice. Until that day comes, we will continue to care for one another by staying safe and lifting one another up across physical distance.
Steven D. Paulikas
Guidelines for In-Person Worship at All Saints' Church
1. Guidance on Who Should Attend
The best way for our congregation to keep each other healthy is to not attend in-person
- You have had a new onset of symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 2 weeks. Common Symptoms include:
- Loss of taste or smell
- Trouble breathing
- Sore throat
- You were exposed to someone with the above symptoms or a positive Covid-19 test in the last 14 days
- You have travelled out of the state in the last 14 days (see COVID-19 Travel Advisory)
We encourage members who plan to attend services in person regularly also to be tested regularly for COVID-19. To find a testing site, visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-testing-sites/.
- Registration for Contact Tracing
- Demarcating Physical Distancing
The maximum allowable number of people allowed in the church is 25% of the church's seating capacity. In this initial phase, we are capping attendance at 50, which is half this number, or under 1/8 of the church's seating capacity.
Surgical masks will be available at the entrance to the church.
- Physical Distancing
All attendees must exit the building immediately at the conclusion of the service. Weather permitting, socially distanced outdoor fellowship will be available in the garden following the service.
- Hand Sanitizer
A sanitary log of cleaning is kept.
All porous items, including cushions, prayer books, and hymnals, have been removed from available pews.