Parish Safety during the pandemic
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.
Remember that the re-opening plan submitted to and approved by the diocese only permits the outdoor service celebrated on Saturday evening through the end of October. And, you are welcome to join in Zoom-charist on Sunday mornings.
Indoor worship is not permitted, nor is it practicable. Because of the limited size of our nave, only 22 people could attend indoor worship. 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. The church would require professional sanitizing after each service, costing a few thousand dollars each week, and a new CDC-compliant air filtration system is required.
But, lay leaders have heard you. To rekindle our spirit and allow us to once again join our "communion of saints," All Saints is introducing Social Hour every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon in the Memorial Garden. It's BYO; we'll provide the chairs and possibly a firepit as the temperatures drop. Everyone will need to pre-register and follow safety requirements. Meanwhile, let us pray for patience and give thanks that we have not lost a parishioner to the coronavirus.