Limited in-person attendance will begin on Sunday, May 2. Please read all of the following instructions and discuss them with your household before you register to attend a worship service at the Church of the Ascension! We have to abide by the requirements of the Diocese of Washington and the county Health Department.
Everyone who plans to attend in-person worship will have to sign a covenant from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. The Covenant for Regathering in Worship sets out our responsibility as members of a sacred community to keep one another safe. Some highlights of the covenant include a pledge to:
- wear a face covering at all times in church buildings and during church activities, except momentarily to receive the sacrament or lead worship through an assigned speaking part;
- only attend worship if one is healthy and non-symptomatic of any transmittable disease; and
- immediately inform the church if one tests positive for coronavirus or has been exposed to the virus in in the two weeks before and after attending in-person worship.
You will have to agree to the terms of the covenant (a complete copy of which can be found here) as part of registration.
If you cannot access Realm, you can still participate in in-person worship. Just contact the church office at email@example.com or (301) 948-0122 for assistance. You will be added to the Registration List and you can sign the Covenant as part of check in on Sunday.
When you arrive at church, an usher will check you in by taking your temperature and asking you several medical screening questions. If it is your first time attending in-person services, you will also be asked to sign a waiver that acknowledges the inherent risks of gathering during a pandemic. (You can review the full waiver here.) If you have a fever, you will be asked to leave.
If you pass the screening process, you will locate the Communion kit with your name on it on the table in the narthex. Then, when you enter the nave, you will be directed to your seat, which has been assigned to allow for appropriate physical distancing in church. There will be no congregational singing. There will be only a few printed bulletins, so we suggest you bring a device on which to follow the service. At the conclusion of the service, the usher will direct attendees to leave one person or household at a time. We will not be holding coffee hour, and we ask you not to congregate after the service.
As you know, we are following CDC Guidelines and taking as many precautions as we can to provide a safe environment for us to come together. Nevertheless, knowing that even our best efforts cannot completely eliminate every risk, coming together as a sacred community is an act of faith on many levels, including faith in one another and our care and concern for each other. Our scared community is strongest when we hold each other’s welfare in our hearts.
The Reopening Committee continues to meet every other week to plan for our regathering, and we will continue to update you as plans develop.
Reminder: Live-streamed services on Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter will continue.