Dear Saint Peter’s family,
A version of the following note was issued by Bishop Benfield on Wednesday. Where appropriate, I have noted how we will be following his guidance.
From now until April 10, we as a diocese will implement the following practices to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will reevaluate these practices at that time to determine if they should be continued or altered.
Personal Best Practices:
- If you are sick, have a fever, or have any symptoms (such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, etc.), please stay home. Any teachers, nursery workers, greeters, Eucharistic Ministers, or Eucharistic Visitors who have visible signs of illness are not to serve.
- Practice social distancing. No handshaking, hugging, or other close physical contact while at church — before, during, or after the service. We will continue with our alternative means of passing the peace during the service.
- Soap and paper towels are available in all bathrooms. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available in the church, lobby, classrooms, and nursery.
- Offering plates will not be passed up and down each pew. Offering plates will be placed at the entrance to the nave in highly visible locations. Remember you can also mail in your checks or use online giving.
- Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch areas, such as door handles and altar rails. These will be cleaned on Saturdays as well as after each service on Sunday. Parish hall will be regularly cleaned and disinfected as well.
- The baptismal font has been emptied until further notice.
- We are continuing our Sunday coffee-hour practice for the time being. This will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.
During Holy Communion:
- Only metal patens and chalices will be used (no pottery).
- Only communion wafers will be used (no homemade bread).
- At the Eucharist, only the celebrant will receive the Sacrament in both kinds. Everyone else will receive only consecrated Bread. On Good Friday, April 10, there will be no distribution of the reserved Sacrament. During this time, we will not have Eucharistic Ministers at the altar.
- Anyone serving Holy Communion will sanitize his or her hands with alcohol-based sanitizer before distributing the consecrated Bread. (This instruction applies to Eucharistic Visitors as well.)
- Eucharistic Visitors will take only consecrated Bread to the sick and shut-in. EV’s should call visitors before showing up. They are asked to be extra careful, especially if they are not feeling well.
- For the moment, Family Feast and weekly classes will continue. We ask you to continue to be vigilant and use caution.
Thank you for your caution and attention during this time. We’ll keep you posted as events change.
The Rev. Greg Warren
Priest in Charge