COVID Worship Modifications
This past Sunday evening (12/6) a stay-at-home order went into effect in response to the open beds in our region’s ICUs dropping below 15% of their capacity. And in just a matter of days since then, it has dropped to around only 5%.
This stay-at-home order, which will remain in place for a minimum of three weeks, prohibits gathering indoors for worship. Therefore, while the stay-at-home order remains in effect, we will not be able to accommodate anyone for in-person worship. So beginning Sunday, 12/13, parishioners will need to engage our worship services remotely via Facebook, YouTube, or Zoom (telephone), apart from those serving in an essential service role for live stream worship.
However, while in-person worship is not a possibility, every Sunday worship service will be followed by Drive-Up Holy Communion. And on Christmas Eve, since our service at 3:00pm will be at the warmest time of the day, we are accepting reservations (by leaving a voicemail at the Church office - 209-847-2012) for outdoor seating in both of our courtyards for this early celebration of Christ’s Nativity, provided it doesn’t rain.
The Rector and Vestry unanimously agree that this is the right approach for the safety of our parishioners, out of consideration for our healthcare workers, and for the common good of our community. Right now, these stay-at-home restrictions will impact our scheduled worship services through Sunday, December 27. But if the strain on the San Joaquin Valley’s ICUs does not improve enough by then for the stay-at-home order to be lifted on 12/28 and it looks likely to remain in effect well into January, our vestry will explore other creative possibilities for in-person worship and gathering outdoors.