In-Person Worship - UPDATE July 30, 2021
In response to CDC guidance issued earlier this week, the Diocese of Virginia has asked that if the transmission rate in Alexandria is in the substantial or high zone, that we require masking for all persons, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, during any indoor group gathering, including worship. As Alexandria City has a substantial transmission rate, starting this Sunday, August 1st, we will once again require masks for all who attend in-person worship services, regardless of vaccination status.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need to sign up to attend a service at St. Paul's?You do not need to make a reservation to attend any service at St. Paul's.
Can I sit in any pew?
While we will not be seating people as they arrive in church, we will continue to maintain some social distance between pews. Please pay attention to the pews with blue tape, these are NOT to be used. Please sit in pews without blue tape, essentially every other pew.
Do I still need to wear a mask while inside the church?
Yes. Per CDC and Diocesan guidelines, as long as Alexandria remains in the substantial transmission rate zone we are requiring masking for all persons, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, during any indoor group gathering, including worship.
As Alexandria City has a substantial transmission rate, starting this Sunday, August 1st, we will once again require masks for all who attend in-person worship services, regardless of vaccination status.
Will we be singing again?
We are now permitted to sing again. While the 8 a.m. service will remain a spoken service, the 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. service will include music and congregational singing.
What will the services be like?
- All services will follow the Holy Eucharist Rite II. Communion bread only will be distributed.
- The 8:00 service will not have any music. The 10:00 service will feature musicians and congregational singing. The 5:00 p.m. service offers a space for intentional silence, stations for healing prayers, candle lighting, and music featuring the Taizé ensemble, which highlights flute, strings, and piano.
- There will be no physical passing of the peace outside of family members. You may pass the peace through gesture to others.
- Finally, after the service, please move swiftly towards the exits keeping safe distance between yourself and others. We are asking that everyone try their best to save all conversations for outside on the sidewalk.
If you have questions or need further assistance, please call the church office at 703-549-3312 x65. Leave a message with your phone number and Laura Rose will return your call. You can also reach Laura by email at [email protected].