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Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered in my name, I will be in the midst of them.”  and so we will continue to gather to be the body of Christ, to be present with each other,  and to be in the presence of God.

St. Mary’s is embarking on a few new experimental opportunities to gather in Christ’s name, including in-person worship gatherings. All in-person gatherings will follow all the necessary rules and restrictions as set out by the State, County, and the Diocese. The fullness of all our offerings will seek to be done in such a way that they are safe, sustainable, and theologically sound. Here is an overview of all current and upcoming opportunities:

VIRTUAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Interactive Family Worship Service: This service is on a zoom meeting platform and will be fun, interactive, and about 30 minutes in length. Immediately afterward, there will be an additional opportunity to catch up with families at the “goldfish ½ hour” (like coffee hour, but for kids!). On Sunday, November 1, we invite children to get especially creative for All Saints Day.  First, please wear your Halloween costume, and to honor  your favorite saint, please draw, paint or bring a picture of the saint to share during the Goldfish Half-Hour!  This will be a celebration to remember!! For access to the service please check your Highlights email or send an email to ashley@smvsf.org before 5:00 p.m. on the Friday. If on Saturday or Sunday morning, please email Nancy Clark,  nancy@smvsf.org for zoom link. Download Songbook. 

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer: This service will continue to be a regular offering to the St. Mary’s community. This service follows authorized structures of Morning Prayer for the Episcopal Church and will continue to offer a sermon, organ music, a hymn, and other occasional musical offerings. The service will continue to be through a Zoom webinar platform and access to the service may be found HEREThe Zoom Webinar will also be streamed to Facebook Live Stream. Instructions to join us via Facebook are here: https://www.facebook.com/stmarythevirginsf/videos. Scroll down the page until you see the video with the LIVE Button. Click on video to view. Bulletin for Sunday, October 25, 2020

There is an additional opportunity for a virtual coffee ½ hour after this service through a zoom meeting platform. Access to the virtual coffee ½ hour can be found HERE.

Wednesday, 12:10 pm, Noon Day Prayer: This service is on a zoom meeting platform to allow discussion about the scripture and an interactive prayer opportunity. Access to the service can be found HERE.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP AND MINISTRY GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES:

Small Groups in the Park: Groups of up to 20 people will gather to participate in the liturgy of Morning Prayer. There will be multiple groups offered at various locations and at different times. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the scripture and offer prayers.

Outdoor Worship Service Air Quality Cancellation Policy – As excited as we are to be gathering together in worship, we also want to continue our commitment that all gatherings happen in a safe,sustainable, and theologically sound way. Regarding the chance for poor air quality, St. Mary’s will follow diocesan guidelines and cancel outdoor worship events if the air quality in that location exceeds 100 Air Quality Index (AQI). We will inform registered participants via email one hour before the event to let them know the event must be cancelled.

Participants will need to reserve their space at the service weekly through our worship service registration website, HERE

St. Mary’s Outer Courtyard Open for Private Devotion: The outer courtyard of St. Mary’s will be open for private devotion from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone is welcome to spend time there in prayerful reflection. We ask that all people wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between other individuals. No reservation is necessary.

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
In order to comply with attendance limits and offer contract tracing if necessary, all participants are required to register in advance to attend in-person worship services. Participants will need to register their attendance on a weekly basis. In order to fulfill our commitment to offering services that are safe, sustainable, and theologically sound, it is highly discouraged that people show up to an in-person gathering without registering their participation.

We are excited to offer these varied opportunities for us to gather in Christ’s name. As we move forward, and as circumstances change, we will continue to discover and refine the various ways that we will gather. If you would like to know more about St. Mary’s Regathering in Person Plan, please click HERE.

Thank you for your partnership in this evolving process. If you have any questions, please email Rev. David Erickson at david@smvsf.org.