Grace Episcopal Church
*New info below as of 6/10/21*
For those who are comfortable gathering outdoors, Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford is offering a regular weekly service of Holy Eucharist in our lower parking lot on Saturdays at 5pm.
We will begin to regather indoors for Sunday worship on July 4th for our 9AM service of Holy Eucharist. You will be able to sign up here on this page for Saturday outdoor services and Sunday indoor services. Sign ups for all services in July will be posted here on Saturday, June 26th.
While we are grateful to be able to worship together again in-person, please know that there is no pressure to come back to in-person worship if you do not feel ready to do so. We will continue to livestream our Sunday morning service. Those of us who will be gathering in-person must understand that while we will take every precaution to keep one another safe, the risk of transmission of the coronavirus is not zero, even outdoors, and so we all assume some risk by choosing to gather together.
Please read all of the below information carefully before signing up.
Attendees for outdoor services will be limited to 40 people per service (not including ushers and ministers of worship).
We are offering one outdoor service each week, on Saturdays at 5pm. We ask that, starting in June, you initially sign up for no more than one service per month, to give all those who wish to attend a chance to do so. If you wish to attend more than one Saturday service in June, please check the sign up page on the Thursday before the additional Saturday you wish to attend, and if there is space left, you may make a reservation at that time.
On June 12th, the liturgy will be a children's Eucharist, although all ages are welcome!
If you or some of your household members are later unable to attend a service you signed up for, please remove or edit your reservation as soon as possible, so that someone else may attend.
In the event of inclement weather, the Saturday outdoor service will move indoors, into the nave. We will notify all those who have signed up should this occur.
In-person services may be paused or cancelled at any time, if cases of COVID-19 should begin to rise again, or if we as a community are not able to follow the guidelines that would allow us to gather as safely as possible.
Regardless of vaccination status, all who sign up to attend in-person worship must:
- stay home if they are feeling sick
- wear a mask over their mouth and nose for the duration of our time together
- maintain at least 6 feet of distance from all others who are not in the same household
- agree to contact the clergy by phone or email if the attendee, a household member, or close personal contact experiences symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 in the two weeks after attending this worship service
- provide their email and phone number for contact tracing purposes
- agree to follow all guidelines given by the leadership of the parish and worship team before, during, and after the service
What to expect at worship:
- Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the service.
- Due to limited space and distancing requirements, seating charts will be set up beforehand, and an usher will lead you to your seats when you arrive. Let us all live into the beauty of sitting in a new place for worship!
- As a general rule, there will not be any music or singing at the Saturday outdoor service, although there may be a guest musician or cantor from time to time. Indoors, masked cantors distanced from the congregation by 20 feet will sing, and we will continue to refrain from congregational singing for a time.
- Holy Communion will be distributed in the form of bread. Instructions on receiving Communion will be provided to you at the service.
- Ushers will dismiss each household at the end of the service.
- While a return to in-person worship will certainly be emotional for all of us, we ask that you respect the personal space of all attendees and ministers of worship and maintain distance from anyone not in your household. Going in for a hug while saying, "I'm vaccinated! I just have to hug you!" is not appropriate, as it puts pressure on the hug recipient to either refuse, or to do something they do not feel comfortable doing.
If all of the above sounds ok to you, sign up below by clicking on the "Sign up" checkmark button next to one of the available slots (please double check the date and time!), and then click on "Submit and Sign Up" at the bottom of the page. You will then be asked to enter your name and number of people from your household attending, as well as your email address and phone number for contact tracing purposes.
*Please note that because we are using a free version of SignUpGenius, pop up ads with offers may appear during your sign up process. Please feel free to decline these pop up offers when they happen—declining them will prevent you from receiving unwanted emails.
Grace Episcopal Church, New Bedford
|| Melissa Howell