All Saints' will soon mark an important but tentative milestone in the process of reopening as we begin to hold our first in-person services of Holy Eucharist with distribution of the Sacrament to God's people. This decision has been made after careful study by the Covid Response Committee and the Vestry and follows the guidelines laid out by the City of New York and the Diocese of Long Island.
The first celebration and distribution of Holy Eucharist will take place tomorrow at our Thursday 12:15pm service. If you plan to attend, please carefully study our Guidelines for In-Person Worship. The Sacrament will be distributed in one kind (bread only,) and worshippers must be masked and distanced at all times during the service.
We believe worshipping in this way presents minimal risk, but I want to emphasize that no one is under any obligation to attend worship in-person--and, as always, and no one should at any time come to church if they feel sick. As we keep the congregation informed of further reopening steps, please know that the Covid Response Committee is monitoring infection rates in our area and frequently reassessing the relative safety of in-person activities at the church.
Please do not hesitate to contact the church office if you have any questions. God bless you in these strange and uncertain times!
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas