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Hybrid services mean some worship in-person, onsite, with others joining by livestream/Zoom.
Will Zoom worship continue?
Yes. Continuing Zoom means those who are out of town, or who have limited transport or mobility, or special concerns about regathering, can still join us.
Church services will be different, but, all to the glory of God.
Our services will be either by Zoom only, or hybrid services where some worship and celebrate Eucharist in the church building, while others join through Zoom (or other live-stream means)
To start, we plan to alternate weeks:
Week A: Saturday 4:00 pm by Zoom only; Sunday 9:30 am hybrid services
Week B: Saturday 4:00 pm hybrid services; Sunday 9:30 am by Zoom only
For weekends when Fr. John Crosswaite is not our worship leader, we offer morning and evening prayer services by Zoom only. We are considering a few outdoor summer services.
Our ability to have hybrid services on both Saturday and Sunday may be limited by the number of volunteers.
Who can come? All are welcome. Those with any symptoms of COVID-19, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive must stay home to protect others and take care of themselves. At this time, there is no church school; children are welcome to worship in the pew with their families.
What about vaccination status? We urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated. However, we will NOT require people to be vaccinated in order to attend in-person worship
“The Episcopal Church has long maintained that we are guided by faith and reason, and that scientific evidence helps us to better understand God’s creation, our place in it, and ways to alleviate suffering and pain...The proper and responsible use of vaccines is a duty not only to our own selves and families but to our communities. Choosing to not vaccinate, when it is medically safe, threatens the lives of others.”
- Executive Council of The Episcopal Church
Masks Due to increased transmission rates in Oneida County, all persons must mask, regardless of vaccination status - update 6 Aug 2021.
“Gaiters” or masks with vents or valves are not permitted.
Masks must completely cover both mouth and nose. Disposable masks are available.
As a caring parish guided by God's love, we rely on everyone’s’ Christian duty and on their civic responsibility to follow these public health guidelines of masking, and 6 foot physical distancing.
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’...And ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Welcome The Hospitality Usher will great you.
We mantain physical distancing at this time. Once seated, worshippers should stay in their pews, including during the exchanging of the peace.
A printed order of service will be distributed. These should be taken home, rather than left in the pew or placed in the recycle bins in the building. There will be no hymnals or Books of Common Prayer in the pews.
Recorded music offered by our Minister of Music, Richard Lloyd, and the St. James choir, will be played during the Sunday services for both those onsite and on Zoom.
At this time, those singing in the church must wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth.
Lectors can read the Word and prayers either from home using their own Zoom microphone, or at the church lectern. Full participation in worship is available for all.
The offering plate will not be passed. Offerings given electronically through tithe.ly, or by mailed check are encouraged.
The Peace will be shared, in place, with a bow, wave, nod or similar; no physical contact outside households. Those in the church building may receive the Eucharist. The Presider distributes the consecrated hosts. For those waiting wanting both bread and wine, the Presider will intinct (dip) the host into the chalice.
Eucharist “to go” (distributing bread without participation in a community Eucharist) and “Virtual Communion” (such as a minister “blessing” bread and wine through a phone or internet connection) are prohibited by the Diocese.
The sending out of the community
At dismissal, every will leave in an orderly fashion through the main doors, keeping physical distance between households. During the summer, lemonade will be offered on the front lawn, weather permitting.
Only staff, essential volunteers and groups that have a Covenant of Building Use with the wardens and vestry—such as the St. James’ Day School—are permitted in the parish hall wing. Per Diocesan guidelines, vestry meetings, church committees, and formation groups continue to meet by Zoom or similar means for now.
"Go forth into the world in with Shalom; be of good courage; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honour everyone; love and serve the Lord."
1 Thessalonians 5:13, 14
How can I help? Hybrid services are personnel intensive. For each service, we need three volunteers; (1) a hospitality usher to welcome people at the door, (2) an on-site digital usher and (3) an off-site Zoom host. We can always use lectors who read the scripture lessons; they can serve either in person or through Zoom. Contact Karen Anderson or the church office if you can help. Training provided.
When can we have both services in the church every week? We are starting slowly and cautiously while looking for ways to include all persons. We need at least three volunteers for both Saturday and Sunday services, so we need to expand our volunteer pool. You can help!
When can we sing in the church building? nce that occurs, Currently, recorded music is played both on Zoom and in our in-person services. Those in the church may sing if masked. Resumption of live (in-person) instrumental and vocal music will be determined by our priest and Minister of Music, in consultation with the Wardens and vestry. Those attending in-person will be informed in advance if solo or choral singing will be part of the service.
Will toileting facilities be available? The uni-sex facility located directly off the choir robing area will be available while the building is open for worship service, one person at a time, for emergency use. See the full document for details.
What about sanitizing and cleaning? Multiple no-touch dispensers for hand sanitizing have been installed. The sanctuary will be sanitized/disinfected before and after any in-person worship service. See the full document for details.
What other building use can occur? The vestry, committee meetings and all other groups will continue to meet by Zoom only, until further notice. In-person meetings in the clergy’s St. James study between the clergy and members of a single household unit are solely at the discretion and decision of the clergy.
Currently, only the sanctuary is open to the general community. The upper level of the parish hall is open to staff and essential volunteers and groups. The lower level of the parish hall is open to the St. James’ Day School.
What if local conditions with the virus get worse? We monitor local COVID-19 conditions weekly. We follow the guidelines from New York State and the Bishop’s office. If we need to cancel in-person worship services, persons who are scheduled to attend will be notified by e-mail and/or telephone. It is entirely possible that there will be a series of reopening/re-closings in this pandemic time, as conditions warrant.
If you would like to receive weekly news communication from St. James, contact us through office@stjamesclinton or by voice message at our telephone number 315 853 5359.
June 2021 update to the regathering: Letter from the clergy and wardens, click here...
For the full REGATHERING PLAN: policies and procedures for hybrid services approved by the vestry on April 21, 2021: click here....
You may also contact the Wardens, Karen Anderson and Kathy Collett, or any member of the regathering committee: Karen Anderson, David Hermann, Ted Johnson, Mark Linderman, Patricia Jue (chair), Kate Marquardt.
We are committed to a safe opening which will take place in slowly over several months in 2021.