Outdoor Worship: The 7th Street Eucharist

Dear People of St. Peter’s,

As new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths resulting from the novel coronavirus continue to decline in Mecklenburg County and throughout the state, the Diocese of North Carolina has moved into Phase Two of the bishops’ guidelines. In Phase Two we may begin outdoor worship of up to 50 people, masked and socially distanced.

With this guidance in mind, I am excited to announce that on Sunday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m., we will offer an outdoor service of Holy Eucharist on 7th Street beside the church. Registration for this service is required and a registration button is at the bottom of this notice.

Before deciding whether you should attend our first 7th Street Eucharist, please note the following:

— All attendees must wear a mask or face covering at all times. Hand sanitizer will be available, however, we encourage you to bring your own in order to limit the surfaces you touch
— Attendees must maintain a distance of at least eight feet between family units.
— Bring your own lawn chair. If you do not have a lawn chair, we will have folding chairs available for your use.
— Screen yourself and members of your household before attending. If you are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, have recently traveled, or have any of the following symptoms, please do not register for this service.
— 7th Street will be closed between Tryon Street and the entrance to the TransAmerica parking garage. You may enter the parking garage on 8th Street or 7th Street, accessing 7th from Church Street.
— Follow-up tickets will be available for exiting the parking garage without payment.
— For those who are trained as ushers or lectors, note the need for volunteers when you register.
— Holy Eucharist will be administered in one-kind (bread only), in a safe, sanitary, and sacred manner.

If you are unable to attend on October 18, or if registration is at capacity, more 7th Street Eucharists are in the planning stages. Future registrations will prioritize those who were unable to attend this first offering.

Limited outdoor space on our campus has posed a challenge for outdoor worship. I am grateful to the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Department of Transportation for accommodating our request to close 7th Street for our first 7th Street Eucharist. On October 18 and each Sunday, we will maintain the full Sunday schedule of 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. Formation for all ages, and the 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist by livestream.

With deep gratitude for your prayers and our ministry together in the heart of Charlotte,

The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Rector