Reopening Plan Progress

   We are "homebodies" at All Saints; we love our unique worship space and miss our parish family. However, clergy and lay leadership want to keep all of us safe, and continue to observe the church closure notice issued by the Diocese of New Jersey.

   For now the church building, parish hall, kitchen, and office remain closed to everyone.

   However, the Reopening committee has received diocesan approval to resume outdoor service on Saturday evenings, which began April 17. We continue to follow last year's safety guidelines for this service.

   Indoor worship is not yet permitted, but the committee is also asking for diocesan permission to begin worship in the sanctuary. This would be a lay-led Morning Prayer early on Sundays. Because of the limited size of our nave and safety precautions, only 22 people could attend this service. And, worship would not include the choir or the sacramental wine; there would be no hymnals or prayer books in the pews, and no order of service printed. Everyone would have to remain six feet apart and keep their face coverings on throughout the service. And, of course, there would be no coffee hour after service.

   Meanwhile, everyone is still welcome at 10:15 a.m. Eucharist, followed by coffee half-hour via Zoom.

   Looking ahead, the vestry has approved the purchase of a Mevo Start camera that will enable us to start streaming services when we get back into the sanctuary. We have begun learning how to use this camera and plan to begin using it to record Saturday evening services.