Worship on the lawn

Face-to-Face Worship, 10AM on the Lawn

Worship on our lawn resumed at our September 13th “Lucky 13 Ingathering.”

Holy Communion on the lawn will be celebrated every Sunday, 10AM, weather permitting! Based on current conditions, an email confirming outdoor worship will be sent at 8AM Sunday mornings.

If you do not feel comfortable joining in on face-to-face worship, continue to pray with us on Sunday mornings, 10AM, on Facebook Live. Or, park on South Street and worship from your car.

Parishioner Preparations:

  • All families and individuals are required to bring their own elements for communion consecration. Consider baking bread with our recipe, packing the bread and wine or apple juice, and bringing it to the lawn service.
  • Worship booklets must be downloaded into an e-reader/ipad or printed out and brought to the service. The service is available for download the Friday prior to the gathering.
  • Parishioners must bring chairs, blankets, and any other items they would like and assemble on the lawn in their “pod.” A “pod” consists of people sitting together that you are in quarantine with or with people you have chosen to include within your quarantine circle.
  • All gathered parishioners and worship participants must wear masks during gathering, departing, and moving from their “pod” to the lectern for the reading. Once a person is at their designated “pod” area, masks may be removed at the discretion of the individual. “Pods” will be spaced and identified by green lawn flags, 20 feet apart.

Lawn Gathering Precautions:

  • A large circle, with identifiable gathering “pod” positions, will be marked around the lawn
  • Masks must be worn by all as the congregation gathers, greeting each other, 6 feet apart.
  • Masks are not to be removed until parishioners are settled in their “pod.” A “pod” consists of people sitting together that you are in quarantine with or with people you have chosen to include within your quarantine circle.
  • Parishioners would then, in quarantined “pods”, 20 feet apart, set up their own lawn chairs, blankets and any other items brought from home.
  • Masks must be worn if a parishioner moves from their “pod.”
  • The interior of St. Elisabeth’s is open. Masks must be worn when inside.
  • Bathrooms are accessible for extreme emergencies. All contacted surfaces must be wiped down after use. Sanitized wipes are available to do this. Dispose of the wipe in the trash, not in the toilet. Old pipes!

SUNDAY MORNING DETAILS

Altar Guild:

  • Set up a paten with host and chalice with a wine on top of corporal for Presider use only on the small altar table outside.
  • Stack chalice, paten and burse on small altar table
  • Secure elements at end of worship

Ushers:

  • Set up small utility post-flags, which the church has, in a circle on the lawn, 20ft apart, indicating where people can sit, respecting precaution guidelines
  • Set up a table with masks and sanitizer for anyone who forgot to bring a mask or needs to sanitize their hands
  • Assist any worship participant who may not have brought a chair or blanket
  • In the middle of the circle of pods, set i[ a small table with an offertory plate. We will not be passing the plate during service. We will be encouraging very little movement on the lawn.

Music:

  • The choir will lead worship from their “pods.”
  • When singing hymns, masks must be worn, even while being in your own “pod.”

Liturgy of the Word:

  • Lectors will proclaim the readings from the podium/lectern
  • Masks must be worn when leaving their “pod” and during the entirety of the reading/prayers of the people. The lector’s mask may be removed once returning to their “pod”

Liturgy of the Table:

  • Parishioners must bring their own elements to be consecrated.
  • During the communion anthem, elements must be on a small plate and wine or apple juice in a small container, clearly visible in each “pod.”
  • The Presider will bless their own elements at the presider’s table. Those gathered will be invited to participate in the blessing.

Coffee hour:

  • Parishioners must bring their own coffee hour supplies.
  • If leaving your “pod” to greet others, you must put your mask on and remain 6 feet apart.

Drive up:

If a parishioner would like to attend face-to-face worship but feels unsafe gathering on the lawn, they may choose to park in their car in the South Street parking area and watch the stream on Facebook Live or roll down their windows and enjoy.

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