Join us for in-person services.
It will be wonderful to be able to worship together safely again without a thought about spreading Covid-19. We aren’t there yet. Until then, we strive to consider each person’s health and well-being and so must limit attendance at services by requiring advance registration.
Unless otherwise stated, our in-person services will be Rite II with Eucharist offered in one kind (wafer only) and socially-distanced. Special services may be modified.
Pre-registration is required. Tickets are free. You only need one ticket for each household/family group. When registering please indicate the number in your party, your email address and phone so that we can reach you if the event details change. You don’t need to print or bring a ticket to the service. Ushers will have the registration list at the services.
Recorded services will continue to be offered online so that those who are unwell or feel uncomfortable with attending in-person may stay healthy-at-home.
Indoor Services (Nave seating)
Each person attending should please bring their own mask and wear it, covering nose and mouth, as per current public health guidelines. Masks will not be provided.
There is limited seating available to keep household groups distanced. Please observe signage in pews.
Please arrive early to allow for parking behind the church for the able and special parking in front reserved for the physically unable.
A Summary of Diocesan Guidelines
- “’Love the Lord your God… Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 This is our starting place. It is vital that our decisions demonstrate our love of God and family, friend, and neighbor in Christ Jesus.
- In this chaotic and volatile time, the key question is not when but how we continue to be the Church. Our new understanding that the ‘church has left the building’ frees us to respond to the Holy Spirit in new and creative ways as we join in with God’s Mission to put the world right again.
- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Eucharist on Sundays and Holy Days continues until further notice. Anyone who is sick or living with someone who is sick should stay home, as should anyone who is vulnerable for other reasons (such as underlying health conditions and age, as per CDC guidelines). Faith Communities offering live streamed and recorded worship should continue to do so and should communicate those options for those who cannot be physically present. For Faith Communities unable to offer services online, please direct parishioners to the listing of services at http://diolink.org/diolex/index.php/church-at-home/
- After submitting a plan to Mission House that has been collegially reviewed by peers and consented to by our Bishop, Faith Communities may once again have public gatherings for weekday services, pastoral services, and Sunday services – so long as health and diocesan guidelines presented in this document are followed. Please remember that if infections increase, you will need to return to an earlier phase.
- Permission is granted to hold outdoor services or drive-in parking lot services on your property. Faith Communities able to do so are strongly encouraged to consider this option, weather permitting. Physical distancing also applies to these events. Do not provide drive- through services to receive Holy Communion, nor send the sacrament through the mail.
- Further guidance will be provided about the process for receptions and confirmations.
- Use discretion in resuming visits to the sick and home-bound and in the distribution of Holy Communion to these individuals. Policies in place at hospitals and other facilities are to be followed at all times.
- Continue to utilize virtual meeting technology. If in-person meetings are deemed essential, follow the health guidelines provided.
Steps to register for in-person services: Click the button for the service you wish to attend, then
We will email you with info about your registration. (No need to print and bring tickets. The ushers will have your info at church.) We will email you if the service is cancelled. We will add you to our email distribution list to receive regular emails from St. Raphael Episcopal Church. There is an Unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email if you no longer want to hear from us. If you unsubscribe, we cannot legally subscribe you again, but you can rejoin our list any time by clicking on the Yes Please button at the bottom of almost every page on our website.