We are currently worshiping together both in person and online at a simple 9AM Eucharist service. CLICK HERE TO JOIN ON-LINE
Does this mean everything is back to the way it used to be? Well, no. Because our worship services are open to the public, we will still adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions. We are mindful that some of our parishioners, particularly children under 5, are not yet eligible for vaccinations. Our main goals remain the same: to include everyone, and to keep all of God’s people safe.
What covid-19 restrictions will be in place? Mask-wearing is required at all times when we gather indoors. We strongly encourage anyone who is experiencing covid-19 symptoms or has had a known exposure to stay home and worship with us online. Per our diocesan guidelines, we continue to offer communion in one kind (bread only).
What happens when the service finishes, for those in person? Keep in mind that we are not ready for taking off our masks to eat treats and drink coffee indoors. Clergy will be available to greet you after the service, and you are welcome to socialize with masks on in the narthex.
What about children? Of course, children are welcome to church. Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a face covering. Our nursery is not yet open. Children may either stay with their caregivers or come forward to use the Soft Space at the front of the church.
What if I’m not ready to be in person? You will not be alone in that. There will be a Zoom option. Simply log on to Zoom at 9:00 AM to attend synchronously with what is happening in person. While in-person attendees are receiving communion, those on Zoom will offer a prayer for Spiritual Communion. At the end of the service, all those who have attended church on Zoom will have time to talk with one another. If you are interested in having someone bring you communion (bread only) after church, please contact Betsy Swank.
What about the organizations that use our building? The main organization that uses our building is the Village Green Montessori School, serving children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. We maintain for now the complete separation of their operations from everything else, for the children’s safety. The entire lower level of our building is being used by VGM so that they can implement the social distancing still required of them. Hope Food Pantry, our other major organization, plans to continue for serving our neighbors safely, just as they have been throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, one of the 12-step groups who uses our building has agreed to be a pilot group for us during this time period. We will be learning from their experience in order to bring the other outside groups back in.
Here at St. Lawrence we are worshiping together, receiving mail, including pledge payments, and paying all vendors.
The HOPE food pantry continues to operate, under revised procedures, to serve our neighbors in need.
To contact us, please call the church office at 847-362-2110 or send an email to email@example.com.