COVID-19 Update: Preparing to Gather Again

Dear People of St. Peter’s,

It was exactly one year ago when we last gathered for in-person worship unencumbered by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Diocese of North Carolina is now loosening worship guidelines based on declining infection rates in the county and throughout the state. It is now time to begin the process of gradually reopening our doors and gathering for worship. 

As we prepare, there are a few important points to keep in mind. Based on CDC guidance, those at high risk of severe illness who have not yet been vaccinated, should consider carefully if attending indoor worship is right for them at this time. Those who choose to attend will be required to wear a mask at all times. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available, and social distancing between households will be enforced throughout the parish facilities. All of our liturgical observances will continue to be live-streamed.

Beginning Sunday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m., we will offer our first indoor service of Holy Eucharist for 25 pre-registered worshippers. (This service replaces the “7th Street Eucharist,” previously scheduled.) The 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist livestream will still be offered as usual. 

On Palm Sunday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m., we will offer another indoor service of Holy Eucharist for pre-registered worshippers, in addition to the 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist livestream. 

Our Holy Week and Easter schedule provides many opportunities to gather in person and virtually: 

Maundy Thursday
 Communion in the Churchyard and private prayer in the Church, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
 Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist (livestream), 7:00 p.m. 

Good Friday
 Solemn Good Friday liturgy (livestream), 12:00 p.m.
 Self-guided Stations of the Cross in the Church, 1:00–3:00 p.m. 

Great Vigil of Easter
 The Easter Vigil Holy Eucharist for pre-registered worshippers and livestream, 8:00 p.m. 

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
 Holy Eucharist (livestream), 11:00 a.m.
 Holy Eucharist for pre-registered worshippers, 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. 

Next Tuesday, March 16, we’ll be sending a special email message with registration links for each worship offering, along with safety guidelines and details for registrants. These same links will also be posted on our website. For those without access to email, or if you have trouble navigating the registration form, contact the parish office and a member of the staff will be glad to assist you.

The clergy and staff at St. Peter’s are excited that we are able to begin worshipping in person again, yet we also know many in our community cannot join us and many others are not ready to gather in person. My hope is that our Holy Week and Easter schedule will provide opportunities for all to observe this most holy season, either in person or from afar. 

As we continue our Lenten journey and prepare to remember our Lord’s passion and resurrection once again, I pray that this new chapter will be marked by hope and new life. 

Faithfully,

The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Rector