COVID-19 Response

Online Services

While Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church remains closed, we will be having services virtually. Be sure to check our Facebook page during the times listed to watch that day’s service! We will also have them available on our YouTube account around 1 hour after the conclusion of the service.

  • Holy Eucharist (Rite II) on Sundays at 11:00am
  • Holy Eucharist (Rite II) on Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Other Opportunities

We also have the following opportunities for connection with the congregation of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church:

More opportunities coming soon!

In-Person Services

Currently, we are gathering in-person on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and Wedensdays at 6:30pm in the Nave. In-person services are contigent on COVID-19 guidelines and may be cancelled or rescheduled at any time. We’ll add more services if demand requires. Restrooms will be available.

How do I know if I am healthy enough to attend church?

Saint Peter’s is using the COVID-19 questionnaire from the State of Washington to help you determine if you are healthy enough to attend church in-person. If you answer YES to any of these questions, you cannot attend an in-person service. Due to the nature of COVID-19, symptoms might not appear for up to two weeks, so it is important to rigorously check and re-check your health and those around you. If you are sick or are around someone who is sick, please remain at home and watch the pre-recorded versions of our services at our Facebook and YouTube pages (linked above).

 

  1. Within the last 14-days, have you experienced a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  2. Within the last 14-days, have you experienced new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  3. Within the last 14-days, have you experienced a new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  4. Within the last 14-days, have you experienced new muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition or a specific activity such as physical exercise?
  5. Within the last 14-days, have you had a temperature at or above 100.4° or the sense of having a fever?
  6. Within the last 14 days, have you had close contact, without the use of appropriate PPE, with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for more than 10 consecutive minutes)
Is Saint Peter’s/The Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas providing safety equipment to the congregation?

We will have some surgical masks on hand if you forget to bring your own, but we are asking people to bring their own masks with them for each family member if you wish to wear one. As part of our COVID-19 education work, here are links to videos on how to properly wash/sanitize your hands and how to properly put on and take off a mask so you can come to church ready for communal worship. We even have tips from a surgeon for properly fitting your mask if you wear glasses to keep them from fogging up.

Additionally, we will be offering communion.

What other measures are we taking before we re-open?

In addition to providing information for keeping you and your family members healthy, happy, and safe during this pandemic, Saint Peter’s is taking a three-phased approach to re-opening.

Phase 1 included Information-Gathering, Communication, and Education. Our COVID-19 Task Force has been researching how to clean surfaces to kill the virus while protecting surfaces and people in the process. We have met to share and compile our research and recommendations into communication and training to clean and maintain the buildings and grounds, and ways to share information with all our
members and potential visitors.

Phase 2 will include re-opening the courtyard and Parish Hall bathrooms for in-person gathering at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

The church office will be open 12-4 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. We will begin to explore offering outdoor worship opportunities on the church grounds as well as continue online opportunities for Small Groups, Anti-Racism Book Club, and Servant Leadership School and Wednesday Bible Study.

The Revs. Greg and Peggy will continue making home visits to outdoor areas (front porch/back yard) for worship and pastoral care. Visits to nursing homes and hospitals are still restricted by those institutions.

Phase 3 will include re-opening the Nave and other spaces. We will also re-open the office for regular office hours with ability to assist those who request help from the church in-person rather than just over the phone.

Please note our ability to gather is dependent on the COVID-19 case rate in Faulkner County. If the recent declines reverse, we’ll move back to only online worship.

What safety measures will the Priests and worship leaders be taking during services?

Our two Priests will sit on opposite sides of the outside ‘altar’ for the service. We will be unable to have a procession with the Cross and acolytes, in order to maintain proper social distancing measures. We will have a volunteer lector for the service. Readings will be shortened. All attendees will be given worship booklets with scripture readings included.

The officiating Priest will bless a separate paten with wafers for the congregation. It will be covered during the service. He/She will be the only one in the Altar area during the Eucharist Prayer. She/he will distribute the wafer to each congregant—please remain in your seating areas during the distribution. Per the Diocese, we are not able to serve wine at this time.

If we need to contact the church about an issue or come into the office for something, what is the procedure for doing so?

Please call the church office at (501) 329-8174 and leave a message or email greg.warren@stpetersconway.com or peggy.cromwell@stpetersconway.com. Someone will return your call. If you come to the church office physically (for church business or an appointment), please sanitize your hands as you enter the office.

Information on Phase III: In-Church Gatherings and Christian Education

When will Saint Peter’s re-open the rest of the buildings and grounds?

The Nave, Lobby, Parish Hall, Kitchen, Morgan House, and Christian Education wing will remain closed until at least October. We will begin working on ways to re-open these areas after we have successfully re-opened the Phase 2 area for worship.

When will we resume community gatherings like church lunches or large events?

There will be no church potlucks, dinners, or community gatherings for the foreseeable future unless we decide to have some sort of outdoor service where proper social distancing and safety measures can be followed, especially as it regards the free movement of the children in the congregation. While our worship services and church life will not look the same as it did pre-COVID-19, even after implementing Phase III, we are confident that we can work to implement measures that will allow us to resume “normal” church activities. Thanks so much for your patience!