in-person worship

    06.24.20 | Community Event Worship by Rob Courtney

    How to Church

    We are no longer requiring sign-up for in-person services at this time. You must sign-in when you arrive at the church, however, and we will continue with our COVID-19 protocols.

    Download Sunday's bulletin by clicking on the graphic below (starting Friday)

    Here's what you can expect when joining us for in-person worship:

    General Procedures and Expectations for In-Person Services

      • Online worship will still be available for the foreseeable future.
      • In-person worship services will last around an hour.
      • You must sign-in when you arrive at church
      • Anyone who feels sick in any way or shows any symptoms (such as regular sneezing, coughing, aches, chills, etc.) should stay home.
      • We encourage anyone who is in a high-risk health category to reconsider attending at this time.
      • We require all present to wear a face covering which covers both mouth and nose (no chin-huggers). A limited number of extra face coverings will be available if you forget your own.
      • We expect all attendees to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more at all times
      • All volunteers and leaders wash their hands upon arrival, and hand sanitizer is available for all attendees.
      • There will be no congregational singing; however, there will be a pianist and soloist.
      • There will be no fellowship or coffee hour after service.
      • Christian education, Sunday School and other programing has limited on site availability. We will continue to have Adult Christian Education at 9:00 AM via Zoom and limited in-person. See your weekly Epistle email for more information on how to join in and register.
      • Childcare for children under 3 years of age is available. Protocols for the nursery mirror all state and diocesan guidelines followed by our school, as well as other best practices and “Safeguarding God’s Children” policies.
      • We will not pass the offering plate, but there will be a station for you to drop off your offering as you arrive or leave. We also encourage you to consider giving online by texting STPAULSNOLA to 73256, or by visiting www.StPaulsNOLA.org/give.
      • Know that we are following all state and diocesan guidelines on safety and cleaning. High contact surfaces will be disinfected before and after all services.
      Before each service
      • Please remember to use the restroom at home before coming to church to minimize restroom usage at the church.
      • Please do not arrive more than 10-15 minutes early.
      • Please enter the church through the main Canal Blvd. entrance by the chapel only (even if you park in the parking lot), and remember to maintain physical distance from anyone who may be in front of you checking in at the door.
      • An usher will check you in, and guide you into the church.
      • Pews in the nave will be taped off to indicate appropriate distancing. Please seat yourself by household, whether single, couple, or family, and maintain proper distancing from those around.
      • Bulletins will be available in your Friday Epistle You can print it at home and bring it with you, bring your own Book of Common Prayer, or follow along on your mobile device by scanning the QR code at church.
      During each service
      • There will not be a procession.
      • Remain seated with your household.
      At the end
      • The congregation will depart starting from the back and working forwards.
      • If you brought a bulletin or BCP with you, please remember to take it home.
      • Following the dismissal, please exit where you entered through the main Canal Blvd. doors, and refrain from congregating in the narthex.
      For Baptisms
    • As with Holy Eucharist, our practices conform to the directions of Bishop Thompson and other diocesan leadership.
      • Water may be placed in the font for the Thanksgiving over the Water. However, this water will not be used for the baptism. One cruet of water is available for each individual baptized. The parent(s) will hold the child (if an infant or small child), not the celebrant.
      • All will wear masks during the entire service. Of course, the exception to this being the CDC recommendations of age guidelines for mask wearing.
      • The priest will not use a baptismal “shell” or his/her hand to baptize. Water will be poured directly from the cruet onto the head.
      • A clean cloth (one per individual) will be available. The parent will dry the head of the baptized. If an adult, they will dry their own head. These towels will not be shared.
      • A small dish with a single cotton ball with the chrism oil already placed on it will be available for each individual. After the baptism, the priest will sanitize his/her hands before placing the thumb in the oil on the cotton ball. The individual will be chrismated.
      • Hand sanitizing occurs after each chrismation.
      • The water in the baptismal font is properly disposed of after the service.
      • Hand hygiene is performed after the baptism(s).