St. Paul's Episcopal200 Jefferson Avenue | Endicott, NY 13760
COVID – 19 Updates
Beginning Sunday, March 13, 2022, The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe has granted each parish the local discretion to establish COVID-19 response guidelines within the restrictions established by New York State and in line with recommendations from the CDC. The protection of the most vulnerable and connection with those unable to attend worship and church activities remain our priority.
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, our congregations in the Diocese of Central New York have walked together hand-in-hand. We have covenanted together: promising to protect the vulnerable, to extend Christian hospitality, and to seek God’s transforming love in changing circumstances.
The Re-gathering Committee (Jackie Fabiano, Susan Mahon, Richard Schwab, Jennifer Westermann and Fr. John) met to develop a plan that St. Paul’s will follow.
Effective on Sunday, August 14, 2022, the following guidelines will be in place to accommodate and keep safe all our parishioners:
Masks are optional unless you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Masks are available in the back of the church.
The Peace will be “passed” with a wave to each other from the pews.
The Gould Chapel will maintain the 6 feet of physical distance. Seating in the chapel is for 15 people.
Small group activities have resumed and may include eating and/or drinking. Anyone participating in any indoor church activity other than worship must be vaccinated if eligible. We will continue to offer worship on Zoom as we are doing.
We will continue the current process of sanitizing/deep cleaning the narthex, sanctuary, hallway, and restrooms before services when spaces have been occupied within 24 hours prior to a service.
We also ask that each of you continue to use the available hand sanitizers and practice sound hygiene when entering and before receiving communion.
The committee will continue to monitor the local situation and make recommendations moving forward as indicated. As with any guidelines these are subject to change depending upon our local circumstances.
I have appreciated your patience and your tolerance as we have navigated this uncharted territory. I know how hard this has been as we try to keep everyone safe and protected. I have experienced a wide range of emotions throughout this, but we must always keep in the forefront of our minds what is best for our St. Paul’s family.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. John R. Martinichio