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Tentative 8/23: Holy Eucharist, 8am, Outdoors at the church
Ante-Communion, 10am on Zoom
Morning Prayer, 10am on Zoom
Vicar's Drop-In Office Hours, 2pm-4:30pm, Zoom
Game Nights, 6:30pm on Zoom
We will be taking 8/19 off
Evening Prayer,5pm on Zoom
All face-to-face gatherings at the church are canceled until further notice as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.
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August 6, 2020:
Preliminary Sign-Ups for 8am Outdoor Holy Eucharist on August 23
I hope you are well and taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. I pray that God is tending to your souls in this time of unprecedented changes. You may remember that we decided to postpone a decision about in person worship on August 23 until August 16. That date is fast approaching. I have been thinking and praying and talking with many of you about your hopes and with other clergy about what they are doing in their churches. I have also been considering my own ability and comfort level given our present situation. With all of those considerations in my heart and mind I am proposing an experiment on August 23. (I am told by the diocese that since this experiment is more restrictive than our previously approved opening plan, we don't have to go through the approval process, but only notify the diocese of our new restrictions.) I invite you to continue to communicate with me about your concerns and ideas for this experiment which might look something like the following:
8:00 simple outside Eucharist with no music limited to 50 people in masks and socially distanced. Everyone brings their own chairs.
10:00 Zoom Ante-Communion as "normal"
We need your help! Above is a link to a sign up for an 8:00 service. Signing up is a requirement for contact tracing. If you don't sign up and we have 50 people at the service, you will not be allowed to attend. (I don't expect that we will exceed 50 people at this experimental service, but I just need to let people know ahead of time.) Signing up will also help us gauge whether our community is ready for in person worship. With that in mind if you are interested, please sign up by August 15. That will give us more information for our decision on August 16. If all goes well we may consider continuing services this way weather permitting.
As always I encourage your prayers. Pray about our decision on August 16. Pray for fellow Bedians and for the world. Know you are in my prayers as well.
With great hope and love for you all,
July 20, 2020: Re-Opening Date Postponed
It was wonderful to gather again on Zoom yesterday to pray and sing with you for God's grace to reign among us. You may remember that Linda gave us a powerful message about sowing seeds and waiting for God to act.
We had planned to begin some in-person worship services on July 26. As I mentioned yesterday due to rising numbers of COVID cases nationally and statewide, I feel it is better to wait to reopen our doors to Sunday morning worship until the end of August. Therefore, as many of us agreed yesterday after the service, we will wait until August 16 to make a decision about whether or not to begin in-person worship on August 23. Stay tuned!
I believe God is in this difficult situation working for our good, but we need to be patient. From talking with you yesterday, it seems we are of one mind about waiting. So we wait and pray and love God and our neighbors. May we continue to find joy and tell the story of grace with our lives.
July 2, 2020: Sign up for in-Person Sunday Holy Eucharist
Online sign-ups for in-person church services are now available! See our link in the red box above this update to sign-up. We plan to begin services of Holy Eucharist in the church on Sunday, July 26. You may sign up for one of two services: an 8am outdoor simplified Holy Eucharist or a 10am Holy Eucharist in the church nave, with music if possible. Please see our letter below or our full reopening plan above for more information on each service.
Please sign up by 4:30pm on the Thursday prior to the Sunday you plan to attend. This will allow time for us to compile a list of attendees before the end of the office work week, as well as allow time to create a seating chart for Sunday. Slots will be updated at the beginning of each month, and will be available at least one month in advance. IMPORTANT: Service participants (presider, preacher, deacon, musician, live-stream coordinator, etc.) must also sign up, since our gatherings during phase I are limited to 25 people. You may also reserve your spot by calling the office and providing your name(s), phone number, and the date and time of the service(s) you plan to attend. A phone number allows us to contact you if someone who attends tests positive for COVID-19.
Masks will be required at all gatherings. Printed bulletins will not be provided, so we ask that you print and bring you own bulletin or download a copy and view it on a digital device. If you are unable to bring your bulletin, we invite you to come regardless, pray with us, and let the congregation carry you in worship.
For those who wish to continue participating online, we will live-stream our 10am service. We will update you with information about the live-stream as we know more. Please contact the office if you would prefer to listen to our service over your phone, instead of watching our live-stream, and we will work something out.
Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes in service offerings are possible. Please monitor your E-Notes for updates. We will be sure to update you as soon as we learn anything new.
Thank you for your care and flexibility during this time! Thanks be to God for this wonderful community.
A Letter from the Vicar
This is both a joyful and sobering moment. Bishop Michael has approved our reopening plan, which you will see attached. It is sobering because it comes with some important responsibilities. Churches are uniquely able to communicate coronavirus. Even now churches in the news have been centers of outbreaks in Oregon. We do not want that to happen. At this point we hope to have face-to-face service beginning July 26, God-willing. Know that we will be monitoring state and local guidelines as well as information from the diocese about how to safely worship together. Be prepared for changes that may happen to our plan.
All guidelines for all meetings must follow the stringent rules of our opening plan. If guidelines are not followed, the opening may be rescinded. I am sorry for the stark terms, but it is that important that we keep one another safe. Other churches have struggled on reopening of not being able to follow their plan. Let’s learn from them and be more careful. Sticking with the plan is a real challenge, but it is about loving our neighbors.
AND... it is a joyful moment because we have longed to meet together as a worshiping community. We also rejoice that small groups can begin meeting out of doors as we speak. (If you do plan to meet in person please let the office know when and where so that we are all in good communication.)
We are recommending per diocesan guidelines that those over 60 remain home until the end of phase 2. Know that we will continue to have an online presence so we can all participate together regardless. For those who prefer telephone, when you register for a service, please let Kari know your preference and we will make sure that you are connected to the service via phone.
Please keep St. Bede’s, the Church, our community, and the world in your prayers. It feels like the world has never needed prayer more than now.
Yours in Christ,
A Letter from the Church Administrator
Dear people of St. Bede’s,
We have good news! Bishop Michael Hanley has approved our reopening plan. Starting July 26, we plan to begin in-person services.
Please see the link above to read our full reopening plan, which includes a phased timeline, service logistics, building use policies, and safety considerations that we will implement as we begin to gather in person again. We encourage you to read it, so that you are aware of the guidelines and how to follow them accordingly.
Starting in phase I (no sooner than July 26), we will be offering these Sunday services:
8am in-person Holy Eucharist
10am in-person Holy Eucharist
10am live-stream Holy Eucharist
We also plan to offer 7am Morning Prayer and a 9am hybrid Zoom/in-person coffee hour.
Be on the lookout in your E-Notes in early July for online sign-up sheets, which will allow you to claim a spot in one of two in-person Sunday services, as detailed in our reopening plan. You may also call the office to sign up once we begin opening time slots.
Please be aware that we are trying to limit how many people enter the church building as much as possible at this time. Here is the procedure for those who must enter the church:
Thank you all for caring for each other through following this plan. We look forward to seeing you all in person again!
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ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St. Forest Grove, OR
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