An Update Regarding the Reopening of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for Sunday Services
Dear Friends of St. Andrew’s,
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
I am pleased to report that St. Andrew’s is now open for Sunday worship at 10:30 am.
Of course, many things have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of St. Andrew’s. Even though a safe return to in-church Sunday worship is now possible, this does not mean that we can immediately return to “the way things were”. Familiar practices (congregational and choir singing, Sunday School, Nursery, shaking hands, coffee hour, etc.) have been necessarily suspended until such a time that they are considered safe to resume.
Also, as the Reopening Reference Sheet (please see below) indicates, there are strict protocols in place which must be followed explicitly by everyone if we are to remain open. Although stringent, these protocols are both standard and necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our worshipping community, which is of the highest importance.
To that end, if you do not feel comfortable returning to in-church Sunday worship at this time, do not come. It is very natural and understandable to feel anxiety, stress, and frustration during these unusual times and if the thought of attending worship in person only adds to those feelings, please stay home and view Sunday Services online as they will continue to be broadcast on Facebook Live every Sunday at 10:30 am.
Friends, there is no doubt that it will take time for us to become accustomed to this new worship format. However, with our faith in God, our hope in Jesus Christ, and the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will “grow into” this new season in the church’s life together!
Finally, I wish to thank the members of the Reopening Task Group (John Edmonds, Nancy MacKenzie, Carol McEwin, Ruth Reath, and Marie McNamara in clerical support) for their hard work and unwavering efforts on behalf of our congregation. Thank-you all so very much!
Grace and peace,
Rev. Mark Wolfe.
St. Andrew’s Reopening Reference Sheet: