Worship changes for Easter SEASON
At Messiah we make changes to our COVID guidance by liturgical season, and the next begins on Easter Sunday, April 17th. This short video explains the upcoming changes. We will have four distinct worship options:
- Weekly Outdoor Spoken Eucharist.
- A Livestream of the Sunday 11 a.m. service.
- The 8:30 a.m. Sunday Service in the Church sanctuary that requires masking and social distancing, and keeps with Communion intincted by clergy.
- 11 a.m. Sunday Service in the Church sanctuary without social distancing, where masking is optional, and the Altar Rail and the Common Communion Cup are available as an option.
Coffee hour with food also returns between the services. Served in the Gathering Space, you are welcome to enjoy it there or in the Churchyard.
We make these changes due to the reduction in reported cases and hospitalizations, as well as the capability to treat those that become infected. Health authorities from the CDC and the MDH have stated that masking is now optional in Ramsey County. Additionally, our Bishop has asked our congregations to offer a return to practices essential to us as Episcopalians, while still offering care for the most vulnerable amongst us.
Beginning Easter Sunday, our 8:30 a.m. still requires masking and social distancing, our 11 a.m. service does not. However, we remind everyone that masking is not just for our self-protection, but for the most vulnerable in our midst. Individuals are always free to wear a mask at any time including coffee hour and the 11 a.m. service.
I also want to thank each and everyone of you for the great care you have shown each other in the past two years of this pandemic. Now with society opening up at this time and dropping most COVID restrictions, please consider your own risk. We do have options for you, and regardless of what you decide to do, and which service you attend, please know that you are a loved and valued member of this Church much beloved by the Father.