Bishop Doug has worked to develop a plan for safer distribution of Communion. This includes the ability to distribute communion to people's homes.
There are two ways you can receive Communion at home:
a monthly visit from a home Eucharistic Visitor - for any member of the congregation
holding Communion in Reserve to receive when participation in online worship - for members who join Zoom or watch the recorded videos later
Sandy (Jr. Warden), Chip (Pastoral Lay Assistant) and Rev. Aileen are excited to serve as Eucharistic Visitors in our next step in our journey through Covid.
If you would like to receive Communion at home, you will need to sign up by Thursday the week prior to your Sunday visit. I ask you to sign up only if you are able to be home between 11 and 2 on that particular Sunday. Please sign up by Thursday morning using this link , by leaving a message on the Church’s voicemail (you may receive a follow-up call from Ingrid) or by using the Contact Us form. When you request a visit, you will want to provide the following information:
• Phone number
• Number of household members receiving Communion
• If you want to hold Communion in reserve for those worshiping online
If you or your household become sick by Sunday, please let Rev. Aileen know and your visit will be rescheduled.
Below is a brief account of the guidelines from our Diocese:
Those preparing Communion will wear masks & practice good hand hygiene. Communion will be placed in plastic bags to be distributed to homes.
These bags will then be placed in a covered container on the Altar on Sunday morning.
In-person Pastoral Visits (including Eucharistic Visits) are limited to no more than 10 minutes.
Parishioners should share their phone number so the Eucharistic Visitor may announce arrival by phone versus waiting at the front door. Parishioners will prepare a “home altar” – a flat surface covered by a clean cloth (you may also provide a plate to hold the Communion). If you are able, please prepare to meet your visitor outside.
Eucharistic Visitors will use hand sanitizer and masks; parishioners should also wear a mask and either wash or sanitize hands in preparation for greeting Visitor.
Visitor and parishioners will maintain at least 6 feet of distance except for moment of distribution.
Communion will be distributed in bread only. Eucharistic Visitor is to drop the bread or wafer into the opened palms of the one receiving while avoiding touching their hands. Pressing the bread into the palm is not permitted.
Do not be daunted by these guidelines, please contact me if you have any concerns.