Dear Friends in Christ,
On Sunday, September 13th, Christ Church will celebrate Homecoming Sunday. Over the past six years, we have had some elaborate Homecoming Sunday experiences as we welcomed back to church parishioners and children on the weekend following Labor Day.
We have had choir reunions, bouncy ball houses, games, live music, and the list goes on. Although Covid-19 has altered some of our plans for Homecoming this year, we will still joyfully celebrate our return to our spiritual home after a long summer.
For more than four months, our 10am Holy Eucharist service has been an online experience. On Homecoming Sunday, we will reintroduce this service as an in-person Holy Eucharist service with music. The 10am Holy Eucharist service will also offer communion of one kind (consecrated bread-the body of Christ). This service will also be available online through our various platforms (our Website, Facebook live at Christ Church Westerly, and through public access television on PEG RI-TV).
We hope to continue to offer this in-person service through the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. Please note that we will continue our Saturday in-person 5pm Holy Eucharist Rite I service and our Saturday online 6pm Compline service. During the weekend, our in-person services will continue to follow Federal, State, and Diocesan social distancing guidelines. Our Reopening Task Force Committee has applied these guidelines to fit our needs at Christ Church to keep our parishioners safe if they desire to participate in an in-person service.
We do, however, recommend that those in compromised or high-risk health situations continue to enjoy our online services.
One Homecoming Sunday tradition that will continue is the commissioning of our Sunday School teachers. And yes, our Sunday school classes will begin immediately after the 10am service!! Our Sunday school parents may have received information already from Kristy Allardyce, our Sunday School Coordinator. There will be more information in this newsletter, so please watch for it.
Friends, please continue to pray for our church and the world as we meet our days’ challenges with God’s help.
The Reverend Sunil Chandy
Christ Church Westerly