Worshipping in a Pandemic

Worshipping in a Pandemic

Dear People of Bethesda-by-the-Sea,

I write on behalf of the wonderful clergy and staff of Bethesda and the lay leadership who are looking after the safety of our congregation during and following the worst of the Covid pandemic.

As I’m sure you have heard, the CDC released new guidance on Tuesday, July 27. We encourage everyone to follow that guidance by wearing masks during Sunday services until transmission rates in Palm Beach County decrease to safer levels. We particularly encourage masks while singing hymns and approaching the altar to receive Communion. For those who prefer to be even more cautious, we will continue to livestream our worship services and to open our Nave for those who want to enter and pray/meditate during the week.

I join your clergy and staff to encourage all of you to be vaccinated. Please consider that these vaccines are an answer to prayer. The number of hospitalizations will decrease as more people are vaccinated.

It is our hope and prayer that we will return to normal worship soon.

Faithfully yours,

Bob Dannals
Interim Rector

We are developing a plan to move us toward our goal of congregational singing, no masks, and no distancing. Our discussion has included a broad group of people, including the Rector, the Associates, and the Vestry, and is a thoughtful response to the most recent guidelines from both the CDC and the diocese. We will re-assess the protocols weekly and announce in the Thursday email newsletter what the protocols will be for the coming Sunday.

Here are the protocols for this Sunday. All services will take place in the Nave.

8:00 a.m. Service

  • Safe distancing is encouraged.
  • We encourage everyone to wear a mask; we require those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask.
  • Includes organ music but no singing.
  • Communicants will receive at the altar rail.
  • Paper leaflets.

10:00 a.m. Service

  • Seating in every pew. Reserved pews on the south side of the Nave for those who wish to remain distanced.
  • We encourage everyone to wear a mask; we require those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask.
  • Include processions, hymns and service music sung by the congregation, and organ music.
  • Communicants will receive at the altar rail.
  • Paper leaflets.

We will livestream the 10:00 a.m. service for those who prefer to participate from home.

Please continue to check this space and our weekly email newsletter for updates and plan which service is right for you.

141 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 | (561) 655-4554

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