In-Person Worship Update as of April 10, 2022

Dear beloved community,

Given the continued trends in Montgomery County, while masks are still recommended, moving forward they will not be required except in the following situations. We will continue to: 

  • Mask to sing;
  • Mask to attend Children’s Chapel (adults & children);
  • Mask when indoors in close proximity to children under 5

While we are delighted that transmission rates have fallen, we ask you to:

  • Keep as physical distanced as possible, and aware of the other’s comfort level. When in doubt, ask. (e.g., Are you comfortable? Would you like me to step back?)
  • Take advantage of online services if you have any symptoms or are feeling ill! 

We know that everyone will respect each individual person’s decision as we move forward together with compassion and understanding for one another.

So bring your mask to belt out All Glory, Laud and Honor and Jesus Christ is Risen Today! And of course, we have surgical masks if you need or want one. 

A blessed Holy Week and Easter to one and all,

Emily & the Regathering Committee

2/24/22 Regathering Update: Details for Return to In-Person Services

Dear beloved community,

We are so thankful for the declining numbers of cases in Montgomery County and the region, and are excited to invite you back to in-person worship. 

  • We will return to in-person worship on Sunday, February 27th at 10:00 a.m. The service will also be accessible live streamed on YouTube.
  • The 5:00 p.m. Service will continue on Zoom only** until we can adjust the quality of the hybrid worship experience (in-person and remote at the same time)
  • The 8:00 a.m. Service will return in-person only on Sunday, March 20.
  • For the time being, masks are required throughout the building to facilitate congregational singing and protect the vulnerable. We strongly suggest wearing either surgical or K95 masks as we know these are the most effective. As always, there are surgical masks available should you need one.
  • Worship leaders will mask, remove masks to speak, and re-mask. The cantor will remain masked throughout the service.
  • Children’s Chapel: This Sunday and next February 27 and March 6 we will hold 9:30 a.m. Zoom Children’s Chapel and 10:00 a.m. in-person Children’s Chapel in the Parish Hall. On March 6, we will provide supervised activities and snacks for children in the Parish Hall while parents attend the hybrid Annual Meeting in the sanctuary after the 10:00 a.m. Service. We will resume hybrid Children’s Chapel, on Zoom and in-person, at 10:00 a.m. on March 13. Adults and children attending any in-person services will be masked. Click Here for a detailed listing of Children’s Chapel Worship and Activity Times.
  • Ash Wednesday Services will be held at Noon and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. The Noon service will be in-person only; 6:30 p.m. will be in-person and live-streamed.
  • We will reassess in 3 weeks with a plan to move to a policy of “mask optional” in-person worship later in March.
  • No coffee hour until we move to mask-optional worship.

Why not “mask optional” now, given the lifting of the indoor mask mandate? We are choosing a two-tiered approach to accommodate the breadth of parishioners’ and staff members’ comfort levels. We are counting on the fact that people who are comfortable coming back in person won’t mind wearing masks to accommodate their neighbors who also want to return in-person but are not yet comfortable in a mask optional environment.

EVERYONE is tired of pandemic protocols. Yet as we begin to emerge from this chapter of the pandemic, it is important to extend compassion and understanding to one another.

As always, should you have symptoms of any kind, we encourage you to stay home and worship with us online! We are one community, one church wherever we are, connected by the Spirit and by love for one another.

Blessings and love to one and all,

Emily, the Wardens, & the Regathering Committee

*Note: this is a change from the first announcement.

Christ Church Connection — February 19, 2022

Please read on for information on: In-person Worship beginning Feb. 27, Annual Meeting, Endowment Grant Applications, Heifer International, & more.

Thankfully the numbers of new cases in Montgomery County and the region have come down! Beginning Sunday, February 27th, we will return to in-person worship at the 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services! Online options will continue to be available for each service. Children’s Chapel will also return to in-person and remote participation at 10:00 a.m.

Although the Indoor Mask Mandate will expire in Montgomery County on February 21, initially we will require masks in the building to accommodate the breadth of parishioner’s and staff’s comfort levels. Please click here to read the entire letter to the Congregation.

2/22/22 Regathering Update: In-Person Services

Dear beloved community,

We are so thankful for the declining numbers of cases in Montgomery County, and the region, and excited to invite you back to in-person worship. 

  • We will return to in-person worship on Sunday, February 27th at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Each service will be accessible remotely as well; the 10:00 a.m. service on YouTube, and the 5:00 p.m. service on Zoom.
  • The 8:00 a.m. service will return on Sunday, March 20.
  • For the time being, masks will be required by all in the building to facilitate congregational singing and protect the vulnerable. As always, there are surgical masks available should you need one.
  • Worship leaders will mask, remove masks to speak, and re-mask. The cantor will remain masked throughout the service.
  • No coffee hour until we move to mask-optional worship.
  • Children’s Chapel will return to hybrid format on Sunday, Feb 27, with both in-person and Zoom participation at 10:00 a.m. Adults and children attending in-person will be masked.
  • We will reassess in 3 weeks with a plan to move to a policy of “mask optional” in-person worship mid-March.

Why not “mask optional” given the lifting of the indoor mask mandate now? We are choosing a two-tiered approach to accommodate the breadth of parishioner’s and staff’s comfort levels. We are counting on the fact that people who are comfortable coming back in person won’t mind wearing masks to accommodate their neighbors who also want to return in-person but are not yet comfortable in a mask optional environment.

EVERYONE is tired of pandemic protocols. Yet as we begin to emerge from this chapter of the pandemic, it is important to extend compassion and understanding to one another.

As always, should you have symptoms of any kind, we encourage you to stay home and worship with us online! We are one community, one church wherever we are, connected by the Spirit and by love for one another.

Blessings and love to one and all,

Emily, the Wardens,
& the Regathering Committee
Please call or contact us if you need anything. We are here. 

1/28/22 Regathering Update: Church Online for February

Dear Friends,

Our Regathering Committee recommends that we continue to worship online during the month of February. There was a collective sense that extending the time online would get us through the omicron variant surge and to a place where we can gather more safely. Such a long haul, isn’t it?

The 10:00 a.m. Service will continue to be live streamed from the sanctuary with just the worship leaders in the building. No in-person attendance.

Please know that you can pick up pre-consecrated communion cups during office hours Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and tomorrow, Saturday January 29, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The 5:00 p.m. Service will continue to be Evening Prayer on Zoom.

We are blessed to have the technology to accommodate in person and online worship and will return to offering both in March.

The Vestry discussed this decision at our January 26th meeting with vestry members giving voice to the spectrum of feelings regarding in person worship at this time. It’s impossible to accommodate everyone’s preferences – and yet hearing and honoring the differences in life experience that inform those preferences truly strengthens us as a community.

Finally, the Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, March 6, 2022. We traditionally have one service with the Annual Meeting following. The Vestry will decide in the next few weeks whether that will be entirely on Zoom or be a hybrid service and meeting with both in-person and online participation. The decision will be made based on our assessment of how robust we can make the interactive nature for everyone. Stay tuned!

With prayers for health, courage, comfort, and love, 
for you and your loved ones.

Emily, the Wardens,
& the Regathering Committee
Please call or contact us if you need anything. We are here. 

12/30/21 Safety Update: Church Online for January

A Message from the Regathering Committee:

 

Greetings on this 6th Day of Christmastide,

Given the growing numbers of new infections, we have decided to move our worship services online for the month of January.

Sunday services will be as follows:
8:00 a.m. service, scheduled to return in person on January 16, will be postponed until February.

10:00 am service will be live streamed from the sanctuary with just the worship leaders in the building. No in-person attendance. This Sunday, January 2nd will be a Service of Morning Prayer – with Eucharist resuming on January 9th for the Feast of Epiphany. This will give time for those who wish to pick up consecrated communion to do so before the Sunday celebration.

5:00 pm service will be only on Zoom with no in-person attendance.

Given the surge, it seems wise to take these steps to keep all as healthy as humanly possible. As circumstances improve, we will adjust accordingly.

Prayers for those who are ill, afraid, or frustrated; for all medical personnel and front line workers; for those whose plans have changed, again; for the health and well-being of all – in body, mind and spirit.

With Christmas love that surrounds us all,

Emily, the Wardens,
& the Regathering Committee