Bulletin for Sunday, June 20
First Sundays of Each Month
Holy Eucharist, 8am, at St. Bede's
Ante-Communion, 10am on Zoom
Godly Play, 9-9:30am (On break for summer)
Bible Study,7-8:15pm (On break)
Compline (sung),8:15pm on Zoom • Music
Morning Prayer, 7:30am on Zoom
Bible Study, 2-3:30pm (on break for summer)
Benedict & Bede, 6pm, 2nd & 4th Mondays
Morning Prayer, 10am on Zoom
Vicar's Drop-In Office Hours, 1-3pm, Zoom/at the church
Compline (said), 8:15pm on Zoom
Evening Prayer, 5pm on Zoom
First Saturdays of Each Month
Brotherhood of St. Andrew, 8am (on break for summer)
See our current news pagefor more details.
Sign-ups are no longer required for in-person services. Masks are not required for outdoor services. In-person services will take place outdoors if the weather is 50+ degrees and not raining. Please bring your own chairs if you are able (chairs will be provided for those who cannot bring their own). See below for more detailed guidelines regarding masks and distancing or click the link above for a our full list of guidelines.
May 27, 2021: New Reopening Plan & Looking Ahead
Hold on to your hats. The Holy Spirit wind is blowing, and that can only mean that change is in the air. Bishop Akiyama has relaxed some of our COVID restrictions for meeting together. As I mentioned in church on Sunday, the BAC met last Wednesday, and we discussed how things might progress and approved a plan forward for opening. Linked to this announcement is our reopening plan. In it there is a lot of good news.
You may notice we are taking things gradually. This is for a couple of reasons. For one thing, a gradual approach will help people adjust to this change. For another, I will be taking vacation from June 27 until July 24 and the BAC and I agreed not to reopen everything at once with your vicar on vacation. Instead we will continue to meet first Sundays of the month in person at 8:00 a.m. outdoors for June and July Holy Eucharist. We may begin meeting in person at 10:00 outdoors as early as August or September depending on continued good news with COVID numbers. We may also continue zoom services or move to streaming our 10 a.m. Eucharist depending on interest. Look for a program survey to come out soon so that we can get a better idea of people’s worship preferences.
The good news is that even as early as June 6 we are not restricted in worship attendance and people no longer have to sign up in advance. We are allowed to sing in worship and masks are optional outdoors, although social distancing is encouraged for the unvaccinated. Please read the revised reopening plan for more details.
This development is exciting and also possibly alarming, but rest assured we plan to move forward prayerfully and safely with God’s help. As I mentioned on Sunday, it may be hard to believe the Spirit’s capacity to make dry bones come to life. It’s going to take some adjustment to come back together eventually in person, and especially in our building. With God all things are possible and having lived through what we have will bring us to an even greater level of understanding and grace.
Yours in Christ,
Highlights from our Reopening Plan
Full plan linked above. Subject to change as we learn more about the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic
Communion will be available in both kind, in bread and in wine. Please remember that if you do not feel comfortable receiving the blood of Christ at this time, you still receive the fullness of God's grace in the Sacrament by simply consuming the Body of Christ in the bread.
Masks & Distancing
Through June 24, 2021 -
Indoors: Masks are required inside the building by all.
Outdoors: Masks and social distancing are optional for all. We ask that those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (those who are not at least two weeks after final dose) distance themselves from others by 6 feet and wear a mask when singing.
Beginning June 25, 2021 -
Indoors: Masks and distancing are optional for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Outdoors: Mask guidelines remain the same as prior to June 24.
Prayer Books & Hymnals
Prayer books and hymnals will be available to aid you in your prayer with us.
Sign-Ups & Capacity Limits
We no longer require sign-ups, and there are no longer any capacity limits for in-person gatherings.
We may sing together again!
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ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St. Forest Grove, OR
We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most gatherings are on Zoom. We are beginning to offer limited in-person services.
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