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AN IMPORTANT LETTER ABOUT CHRIST CHURCH
IN THE AGE OF COVID-19
13 March 2020
In a continuing effort to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, Christ Church is making the following changes to its practices through Palm Sunday. We will continue to evaluate the situation as we get new information and guidance.
On Sunday mornings
- We will continue to consecrate the common cup, but it will remain on the altar and be emptied on the ground after each worship service. This was proposed by a bishop in Virginia and seems to me the perfect way to continue to acknowledge the importance of the cup for our worship while recognizing that we must abstain from this practice during this time for the good of our common life.
- Communion wafers will be distributed with silver tongs to eliminate my hands touching the bread.
- We have removed the kneelers so that we can eliminate that surface of contact.
- I will no longer be touching people when I bless them at the altar.
- We are discontinuing healing prayers in the chapel.
- We will no longer pass the plate and instead ask that the greeters hold the plate and that individuals put their offerings into it.
- We ask that you sit at least two arms links away from others.
- We ask that you continue to refrain from greeting each other at the Peace physically. A smile, a sign of the peace, a slight bow are all ways to safely greet one another.
Institutionally we are making changes as well.
- We have asked Notoe to work extra hours during the next month with a special emphasis on disinfecting door knobs and shared surfaces.
- Our staff has been asked to come up with a plan to work from home and a plan to be absent from work for two weeks should the need arise.
- We have made it clear to all of our employees that if they are sick in any way, they should stay home. We are asking all those who use our building to respect that policy.
- We are cancelling many of our non-essential weekly activities. The Sunday Lenten program has been cancelled, Tuesday Book Study has been cancelled. We are asking committees to meet via Zoom. We are cancelling our choir rehearsals.
- Out of concern for the health of our choir, music at Christ Church will continue but in new and varied styles.
We are asking for your help in the following ways:
- If you are sick (with anything), or fall into a high-risk group, please stay home! We have set up a channel on YouTube (Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie) and we will be posting our services as well as messages from our staff. We will be experimenting with live broadcast through Zoom. To participate, download the Zoom app on your computer or phone. Our Zoom meeting id is 799-484-731 and our passcode for the meeting is 332517.
- If you do come to church, follow safe practices: use hand sanitizer. Cough and sneeze into a Kleenex or your elbow. Sit at least two arms links from your neighbor (unless you are a household), respect other people’s personal space.
- Check on each other! Use the phone or email to stay connected with parishioners who are not able to come to church. Even if we don’t see each other, we are still called to be the church together. Make sure to reach out to others. Contact the church office through [email protected] to get a copy of the latest directory. Watch the YouTube channel (Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie), check our website christchurchpok.org regularly.
Christ Church has been a leader in the city Poughkeepsie for 254 years. We will continue to be the church during this difficult time — we will keep praying for one another, offering sacramental care, and boldly proclaiming God’s Word. That is what churches are called to do. But at this moment, we all need to be flexible as to what that looks like — When in doubt, stay at home, take good care, and remember that our hope is founded in God’s eternal and unchanging love.
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