Archbishop Melissa Skelton has now given her approval to St. Martin’s re-opening plan. From Sunday July 12, 2020, the parish will be allowed to hold in-person 10 am Morning Prayer services under the restrictions of Phase II. For those who are ready to come to the church building on Sunday mornings, there will be protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. For those who are more comfortable staying at home and joining in virtually, the service will be live broadcast through Zoom at 10 am on Sunday mornings. We are working on a way to make a recording of the service available afterward through our parish Youtube channel.
This coming Sunday July 5th will be a practice run for invited parishioners to familiarize with new roles in worship. The ability to gather together in person is dependent on those who are able to take on the responsibilities of sidespersons, readers/intercessors, and attendants. In the event that we do not have sufficient helpers signed up for a Sunday service, the worship would need to revert to online only. So if you feel able to help, please contact the parish office and the role descriptions will be shared with you. The jobs have changed from pre-pandemic times, sometimes for the simpler. We will continue to learn and grow in response to the changing needs.
Next week, a letter will go out by email and post to all people on the parish list to inform you of what to expect when you come and how to continue to stay connected to community life. The full text of the approved reopening submission is available through the Parish Office.
As we move into the summer months, there will be opportunities to prepare for Phase III of re-opening, when we can celebrate holy communion and have fellowship together. In the meantime virtual gatherings will continue for all parish and community groups. Work will also continue on the interim process addressing parish vision.