Dear People of St. Peter’s,
As we approach the end of summer, the St. Peter’s clergy and staff are hard at work preparing for a full fall 2020 schedule of worship, formation, outreach, social justice, and fellowship events.
This year brings unique challenges with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our bishop, the Right Reverend Samuel Rodman, has taken great care in guiding us in reopening plans. While gathering in-person remains our primary goal, we continue to be “open” as a church. For now, our worship, formation, and fellowship will continue to be virtual.
Rather than providing a hard date for reopening, our bishop is monitoring health care benchmarks. Once the local and state-wide new infection rates remain below 7% for at least two weeks, we can begin limited in-person gatherings. We are getting closer to that goal, with recent infection rates having fallen from over 13% to 8.6%. The reality is, indoor and in-person worship is a high-risk activity. The safety of our community is a top priority, and we will gather again when it is safe to do so and when the bishop permits it.
September 13 is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday after Labor Day. It is also our annual Celebration Sunday, when we observe our parish feast, the Confession of St. Peter. On this day we will introduce a new virtual (and temporary) worship schedule during this time of physical distancing:
Morning Prayer, Rite I by Zoom, 8:00 a.m.
Formation for all ages by Zoom, 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II by Facebook Live, 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Coffee Hour & Fellowship by Zoom, 11:30 a.m.
Evensong (2nd & 4th Sundays) by Zoom, 5:00 p.m.
Sung Compline (1st Sundays) by Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
Our weekday schedule of Morning and Evening Prayer by Zoom at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. will remain unchanged. We will also offer new weekday and weekend formation offerings for adults at a variety of times accessible to all. A full calendar of events will be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
This is a strange and trying chapter in our community and across the world. We will gather again as a faith community, with glorious liturgy and inspiring music, as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, thank you for your continued engagement at St. Peter’s. Your financial support of the parish and our ongoing work together continue to enable us to be a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte!
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Rector