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Our current worship plan: We have resumed public worship (9:30am at Walden School). We will also continue to stream the service live; click HERE to view the stream, and to view or download this week's bulletin. For details, see below.
Visit the Formation pages for up-to-date information about other programming.
In response to the on-going COVID-19 global pandemic, Grace Anglican Church decided to suspend public worship for several months, beginning in March. As our community begins to re-open, the Rector and vestry have decided, after much prayer and discernment and in consultation with both our local government and our diocesan leadership, to begin public worship again. We will be fully compliant with Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work” guidelines for places of worship. There will be some obvious changes to our normal Sunday morning, outlined here. Please make sure that all members of your household are aware of these procedures before joining us at Walden School.
The most visible change will be that we’ll worship with our liturgy of Morning Prayer, rather than the Holy Eucharist. Morning Prayer is an historic liturgy of the church—indeed, it was the principal Sunday service in Anglican churches until 1979, and in some parts of the world, still is. It’s a beautiful service of prayer, reading, and preaching, with no communion. You’ll be edified by it, and hear the Good News through it. We’ll return to weekly Holy Eucharist when it’s a little safer to share bread and wine together. In the meantime, please be in contact with Pastor Nick to make an appointment to receive communion if you would like.
Until at least June 15 (when daycare centers are scheduled to open) we will not have nursery care. We will worship together as families, which will be made easier by the fact that Morning Prayer is a shorter service.
We will enter Tucker Assembly Hall directly, rather than walking through the school. As you enter, there will be hand sanitizer and tissues available to everyone.
We will sit together in family groups, spread throughout Tucker Assembly Hall to maintain the recommended six-foot distance between families. When you enter Tucker Hall, you will find chairs spread out, as well as in groupings of 3 or 4, with a row of extra chairs along the wall. Take a group for your family, adding chairs as needed.
To prevent the unnecessary spread of germs, everyone will be asked to wear a mask during the time they are inside the building. The restrooms will be reserved to one person at a time, and we will ask parishioners to wipe toilet handles, sink handles, and door handles with provided disinfectant wipes after they use the restroom. In addition, for as brief a time as possible, and in an abundance of caution, there will be no congregational singing. We will have one song during the service, sung by a soloist as an offering to the Lord.
While we are together, we will avoid touching. There will be no coffee hour, no physical passing of the peace, and no passing of the offering plate. Let a warm word and a nod be the way you greet your brother or sister in Christ. We will have an offering plate into which you can drop your offering. You can also give online or by mail.
The CDC—as well as the state of Kentucky and the ACNA—continues to encourage sick and high-risk members to stay home. Likewise, if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick, please stay home. We will stream the service live on our website and on our Facebook page. We are excited to see those of you who cannot be with us in person on those platforms.
Remember that we worship a mighty and redeeming God. "In this world," cautioned Jesus, "you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Indeed he has! We will continue to worship Jesus, that redeemer who has overcome the world, whether it's in Morning Prayer or Holy Communion, with or without a mask, with or without singing, and in-person or online. His name will be praised, and his Good News will be proclaimed. We look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday, wherever you are.