Dear Saint Andrew’s family,
Your Vestry and Regathering Committee have been discussing ways that we can best and safely move toward a new “normal”, albeit one that will probably continue to be subject to change, for our life together as a parish family. I wanted to share with you some of our thoughts and recommendations moving forward.
Last Sunday we returned to the altar for the distribution of the communion host. People are coming to the altar rail, masked as appropriate, four at a time to receive communion. There is not, at this time, a return to the sharing of the chalice. For those not wanting to partake in communion, a blessing at the altar rail will be an option. Next Sunday we will reinstate the passing of the wicker baskets to collect donations for the food pantry and non-food pantry from those who wish to bring them to our 10:15 service. There has been talk of offering beverages in the Memorial Garden after the service. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Renee in the church office (653-3921) and we will work on a schedule.
As you will see in the announcements that follow, we are hoping to regather our children. This coming Sunday, August 8th, at 5:00 p.m. families are invited and encouraged to come to the aquatic center at Robe Ann Park for an “end of the pool season” Saint Andrew’s get together. The following day, August 9th, at 7:00 p.m., everyone interested in being involved with our Children’s Ministry is encouraged to gather to discuss this upcoming school year. (If you have questions about either event, please contact Dana Glessner or the church office.)
It is our intention to keep everyone safe and healthy. Masking is encouraged and hand sanitizers and wipes will be available throughout the church buildings as we continue to combat the Delta variant. Your questions and suggestions are always most welcome.
Thank you and sending blessings your way,