Below is a list of changes that will affect our in-person worship services. These changes are based on the Official Guidelines provided by the Albany Diocese. The Diocesan Guidelines are themselves in compliance with “New York State Interim Guidance for Religious and Funeral Services During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.” Keep in mind that while these guidelines will reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, they are not a guarantee. If you feel that you are ready to return to church, we’re here to invite you to in-person worship. However, if for any reason you don’t feel comfortable attending (or if you are symptomatic in any way) All Saints Church will continue to broadcast live Morning Prayer Services via Zoom.
1) PLEASE DON’T COME TO CHURCH IF YOU ARE AT RISK
We ask that you don’t come to church if you answer yes to the following questions: have a temperature of 100.4 or higher; lost your sense of taste or smell; you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19; you have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
2) SERVICE TIMES HAVE CHANGED
8:00 AM Morning Prayer through Zoom Videoconference
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist at All Saints Church, Hoosick
3) SOCIAL DISTANCING
In order to comply with both the 50% capacity limit and social distancing requirements, we are limiting the number of available pews in the church. Please sit only in pews that have a sign designating them as open. Families who reside together in the same household can sit in the same pew. Otherwise, we ask that you sit in a pew by yourself. When you arrive at the church, please go sit in the first available pew starting at the front of the church (much like boarding an airplane). Please also remain in your pew at the end of service. Fr Gary will dismiss the congregation by pew to ensure social distancing.
Again, in order to reduce risk, we will not be singing hymns or service music.
Per diocesan guidelines, we will distribute communion in one kind (bread) to the general congregation. Fr. Gary will drink the wine on behalf of the congregation. Also, we will not process to the altar rail. Instead, Fr. Gary will bring communion directly to you in your pew.
We require you to wear your face mask when Fr. Gary distributes communion. Please don’t remove your face mask until Fr. Gary exits the pew.
6) FACE MASKS
Per diocesan guidelines, congregants need to wear face masks while seated in a pew. We ask that you bring your own face mask with you. All Saints will provide you with a face mask if you don’t have one.
7) HAND SANITIZER
Per diocesan guidelines, we ask that you use hand sanitizer when you enter the church and before you receive communion. We ask that you bring a bottle of personal hand sanitizer with you. All Saints will provide you with hand sanitizer if you don’t have any.
8) COFFEE HOUR
Per diocesan guidelines, coffee hour is suspended until further notice.
9) COLLECTION BOX
Per diocesan guidelines, we will not pass around a collection plate. Instead, we will have a wooden collection box at the back of the church. You can drop your offering in that box on the way in or out of the church. You are also free to mail your offering to: All Saints Church, Box 211, Hoosick NY 12089.
We will have bathrooms open during the service. We ask that you use the Disinfectant Wipes to clean the toilet seat, faucet and door handles before you leave the bathroom. All Saint Church will supple the bathroom with Disinfectant Wipes.
11) CHURCH CLEANING
All Saints will wipe down commonly used areas with disinfectant wipes after the service. We have also scheduled a monthly cleaning of the church. NOTE: the COVID-19 virus will die well within the 6-days the church is closed. The risk of contamination is actually very low.