*** Re-Opening has be suspended ***
due to the dramatic increase in the spread of the coronavirus
Here is the Nov. 19 MA bishops' pastoral message with updated pandemic guidance:
Dear People of St. Mark's,
As you may have heard already, St. Mark’s has received approval from our diocese to enter Stage Two of the reopening process for congregations. We are currently allowing up to five (5) congregants to attend services on Sundays in-person. With five people serving in worship, this means that we can have up to 10 people gathered in the church for worship at this point.
As we look forward to entering this new stage for our worshiping community, we must remain vigilant and aware of the constantly changing situation we face. We remain committed to protecting your health and are conscious of the fact that many in our community are especially vulnerable to Covid. Virtual options for worship and fellowship will continue to be offered as before.
For those who can attend in-person services and feel comfortable doing so, please note that Stage Two involves either one of the following measures to attend services and sign-in upon entering building to maintain a record of attendance for contact tracing:
Advance registration online via EventBrite OR
Phone in to the Church at (781) 272-1586
Please sign up no later than 5pm on the Thursday prior. For online sign ins please follow the instructions on the site to obtain what EventBrite calls a "ticket" for the date of the service you would like to attend. You may be prompted to sign in via Google or Facebook. It's not required but we recommend creating an account. It's free and makes it easier to sign up week after week, rather than inputting your information each time. In case you wish to cancel a ticket, please go to "My Tickets," click on the event, and click "Cancel Order" on the right hand side. Please feel free to reach out to Steve Cunha if you have any questions or need assistance with EventBrite.
Please also be aware of the following:
Under current rules we can accommodate up to five (5) individuals, gathered for worship inside of the church. We need to reserve additional space for clergy, servers and musicians. Everyone will be a minimum of six feet apart from each other, again unless they belong to the same household. Everyone will receive as assigned seat and will be instructed as to where to sit.
Bulletins will be placed in pew seats before the service with gloved hands.
No singing except for our wonderful cantor Caitlin Laird, who will be masked and situated at least twenty feet away from others.
Holy Communion will not be offered to the congregation at this time.
Physical distancing will be maintained using signage and floor markings, hand sanitizer will be provided, and masks will be worn by everyone except when someone is addressing the congregation from a safe distance (i.e., preacher, lector, and intercessor).
The space will be well-ventilated with open windows and doors, and ceiling fans running.
There will be strict adherence to cleaning/disinfecting and hygiene measures throughout the facilities before and after services following CDC guidelines, with special attention to heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs and restroom).
All other church-related activities (e.g., coffee hour) will be virtual.
As a reminder, congregational attendance is limited to five (5) individuals at this time.
In whatever way, we connect as God's people, whether it's in the same place or via the internet, may each one of you know and feel God's loving presence and care.
Dan+ and the St. Mark's Re-Gathering Committee