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Protocols at Church of the Holy Spirit Moving Forward

Hello, Church Family!

As you have heard, the governor’s office sent out new guidelines a little over a week ago aligning Virginia with the CDC guidelines. Due to the change in State and Federal guidance, and through prayerful consideration and counsel with our Bishop, vestry, and staff, we will be going to “masks optional” at Church of the Holy Spirit starting this Sunday, May 23rd, Pentecost Sunday, at our 10:00 outdoor service.

Next Sunday, May 30th, Trinity Sunday, we will be “masks optional” moving forward for all our services in concordance with the Bishop’s office, the Virginia governor’s guidelines and the CDC. You are welcome to wear a mask if you would like, or if you feel more comfortable. If you are not wearing a mask, we will assume you are doing what is best for your health and the health of those around you. We encourage individuals and families to do what is best for their specific circumstances in regard to masks for themselves and/or their children—to “self-govern.”

We will also be putting the sanctuary back to our pre-COVID set up, with the addition of some socially distant seating in the back for those who want it. Some who are at heightened risk, or whose family is, may want to use this added precaution. Temperature checks will no longer take place upon entry; however, we do ask that you stay home if you are feeling sick or have a temperature. All our services will continue to be livestreamed.

Registration for services will no longer be required. We recognize that family, friend groups, and small groups have been quarantining together and want to sit together. That is great! We invite everyone to self-regulate as to what works best for you in regard to masking and seating and social distancing, with mutual respect and consideration of your brothers and sisters in Christ who have different needs (Ephesians 5:19-21).

Lastly, we will be reinstating coming forward for communion, and we will be doing communion “in both kinds” by intinction. Two rows will come forward and a priest will dip a consecrated host into consecrated wine and will place it in the open palm for the recipient to receive. We will have gluten free wafers, and worshipers may request to receive communion in one kind, or opt to receive grape juice, from sealed containers at a separate station.

Some of you may have further questions or concerns; I do invite you to reach out to me at any time by email, robbie@holyspiritleesburg.org, or by cell, 571-346-9583. If it is not pressing, please wait for verbal instructions at our services and see how things flow. Certainly, we will need to get used to “normal” all over again, and we will need to work out some kinks, but I am very excited and hopeful that worship will go very smoothly, and I am rejoicing to be together again with all of you and to see many of your smiling faces.

Know that we are praying with you and for you and your family as a staff, and if there is anything that you need, feel free to reach out at any time.

In Christ alone,

The Rev. Robbie Pruitt