SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR ATTENDING WORSHIP

 

  1. If you are frail or feeling unwell; have had a fever within the previous 48 hours; or are being treated for a serious illness, please do not attend worship.
  2. Our attendance is limited to 25 worshipers at each service. We must therefore ask everyone who plans to attend worship on Sunday to preregister by leaving a phone message at the parsonage (718-366-9231) no later than the Friday before. When you call, be sure to give the names of all the persons in your party.  New York City requires this procedure in case contact tracing is necessary.
  3. The gates and doors will be opened at 10:00 A.M., and the building will be locked promptly at 10:30 when the service begins. Please understand that we cannot unlock the doors to admit latecomers.
  4. Before entering the church, you MUST put on a mask that covers BOTH YOUR MOUTH AND YOUR NOSE, and keep it on while you’re in the building. You will, of course, have to slide it away from your mouth for a brief moment to receive Holy Communion, and then replace it immediately.
  5. Please observe the 6-foot social distancing rule at all times. With regard to seating, this means that there must be 6 feet of open space in all directions between yourself and other individuals or families.
  6. In order to minimize personal contact, there will be no ushers on duty. Bulletins for the current Sunday, along with copies of Portals of Prayer, Strength for the Day and seasonal devotions will be available in the narthex so that you can help yourself.
  7. Please bring your own hand sanitizer for use during the service. There will also be a bottle of hand sanitizer in the narthex, as well as a small supply of masks.
  8. The cloak room/cry room will be closed indefinitely. If you wish to bring a jacket, bag or umbrella, you’ll need carry it into your pew.
  9. To ensure adequate ventilation, the windows must remain open at all services, even in cold weather. Plan to dress accordingly.
  10. There will be no passing of the peace. The pastor and the congregation will verbally exchange the Pax Domini immediately after the Lord’s Prayer.
  11. Holy Communion will be administered by intinction at the front of the chancel. The pulpit (south) side of the nave will commune first, followed by the lectern (north) side. Communicants will come forward in single file down the center aisle, receive the Blessed Sacrament, and return to their seats by the side aisles. Strips of blue tape on the floor, spaced 6 feet apart, will help those waiting in line to maintain social distancing
  12. At the end of the Mass, please take your bulletin with you and leave the building quickly and quietly. It’s important not to gather for conversation in the aisles, the narthex or the office. Socializing can more safely be done outdoors on the sidewalk.

Pastor John A. Stoudt