Update on the regathering of
St. Thomas Church
We wanted to give you an update as to where St. Thomas Church is in the process of bringing back the parishioners in a safe and timely manner.
The Diocese has set up a process that all churches must follow in order to reopen. The first step was to create a St. Thomas Regathering Team whose responsibility was to make sure that all guidelines from the Diocese check list for the safe return of the congregation was followed and completed. After the Regathering Team completed the check list, it was then forwarded to the Diocesan Shepherd. The Diocesan Shepherd will go over the check list with the Regathering team, making sure the list is complete. This is where we are right now. After that meeting takes place, The Diocesan Shepherd will send the check list to the Bishop for the final approval for reopening. As of right now, the office is in Phase two. You can come into the office provided you are wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing. Fr. Joseph is in the office on Wednesdays and Fridays if you need to speak with him.
To let you know of just some of the changes being made, please read below.
– Strict adherence to cleaning/disinfecting and hygiene measures between each service, following CDC guidelines, with special attention to heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces, e.g., doorknobs, restrooms, microphones and shared instruments. – Help people return to church safely by having a plan and signage or floor markings for how attendees will be directed to enter, move about and depart the buildings – Encourage hygiene measures for all gatherings, e.g., make alcohol-based hand sanitizers available. – Require use of masks while inside and while entering and exiting places of worship. For children between ages two and five, the wearing of a face covering or mask is at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian; – Give guidance about and enforce strict physical distancing, e.g., place tape or other visual distancing markings on seating to delineate six-foot separations, and post signage indicating the maximum number of persons permitted per row.
– Hymnals, prayer books and Bibles are removed.
Join Us on Facebook LIVE to celebrate our Sunday Service.
Our Sunday service will be celebrated by our Rector, the Rev. Joseph Mumita at 10:00 a.m. live on facebook.
Below is the bulletin for you to follow along with.
Virtual Coffee Hour – 11:00 a.m.
Here is the connection information for our virtual coffee hour this Sunday via zoom. We are planning to stream the service from the main church on Sunday at 10 am and host the virtual coffee hour starting at 11 am via zoom. Click on zoom to download the link if you do not have it.
Topic: Virtual Coffee HourTime: July 5, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 878 7014 5488
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+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 878 7014 5488
We are expanding our technology
With the social distancing orders and the closing of the churches for large gatherings due to the Corona Virus.
In order to continue broadcasting services and other events at a later date, the Vestry is planning to bring WiFi into the Chapel and other parts of the church. This will enable us to expand our capabilities and reach out to a larger number of people. In addition, we are intending to expand our outreach to YouTube for those who do not use Facebook.
This, however, does come at a cost. We are asking if you would like to make a donation to help defray the expenses, please do so by sending your check to St. Thomas Church noting “Expanding Technology” on the memo line of your check. We thank you in advance for any help you can give.
Online Pledge Giving
Despite church services being cancelled, it is still necessary for us to continue supporting the church, our staff, and our community in all the ways we typically do. We hope parishioners will continue to make donations and keep up with pledges. If you have never donated electronically, you can set up an on line account (by clicking on the blue on line account, it will take you directly to Vanco sign up) with Vanco Solutions. Both on-demand and reoccurring donation options are available for your convenience. If you have a credit card that offers rewards, you might consider taking advantage of your reward options by making your donations with your credit card. After all, it is in giving that we may also receive.