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Sunday Service Schedule

Beginning Sunday, September 13

The clergy, vestry, and staff are pleased to announce a plan to regather for limited in-person worship at Christ Church. The scheme conforms to ongoing city-wide restrictions and has the approval of the Bishop of Washington. Assuming there is no spike in cases of COVID-19, the new schedule will begin on Sunday, September 13. It is as follows:

Virtual Holy Eucharist
A virtual celebration of the Holy Eucharist will replace the service of Morning Prayer that has been offered since Easter Day. The liturgy will be available on the parish blog, Grace under Quarantine. Those who participate in the virtual Eucharist will have the opportunity to come to Christ Church and receive the blessed sacrament one at a time (or by household) on Sundays, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Advance booking through the parish website will be required. The deadline to reserve a time slot for you or your household will be Wednesday, at 12:00 noon.

Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, at 9:00 a.m.
An in-person celebration of the Holy Eucharist for up to 30 people will take place in the Chapel Garden. Advance booking through the parish website will be required. The deadline to reserve a space for you or your household will be Wednesday, at 12:00 noon.

Holy Eucharist: Rite One, at 11:15 a.m.
An in-person celebration of the Holy Eucharist for up to 100 people will take place in the Church. Advance booking through the parish website will be required. The deadline to reserve a space for you or your household will be Wednesday, at 12:00 noon.

The health and well-being of those who will attend in-person services is paramount, and every attempt will be made to ensure the safest possible environment. Prior to arrival, worshipers will be required to sign and submit a copy of the Diocesan Regathering Covenant. Upon arrival, they will be required to have their temperature taken. They will also be asked to sign-in at the door so as to facilitate contact tracing should it become necessary. Masks will be required and proper social distancing will be observed at all times. For more information, please take time to read the parish’s Regathering Document.

Please note that, although extensive safety precautions will be taken, some element of risk is inevitable. We advise those who are vulnerable due to age or underlying medical condition to participate in the virtual Eucharist and consider coming to Christ Church individually (or by household) on Sunday afternoon.

Those who wish to attend any of the in-person opportunities detailed above will be asked to complete a registration form on the parish website in advance. The deadline to reserve a space for you or your household will be Wednesday, at 12:00 noon. If capacity has been reached, those who are unable to attend on a given Sunday will receive first right of refusal to attend the next.

These services, while limited in many ways, represent a great witness. Gathering even under extraordinary conditions is a sign of the resilience of the Church and the power of the Gospel. We look forward to seeing those parishioners who are able to attend and remain firmly united with those members of our community who, for whatever reason, continue to worship virtually.

Service Leaflets and Announcements

Sunday, September 20: Pentecost XVI

Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, at 9:00 a.m. (Chapel Garden)
Holy Eucharist: Rite One, at 11:15 a.m. (Church)

Sunday Forum

Beginning Sunday, September 20

The coming of COVID-19 in March 2020 meant that the Sunday Forum, along with everything else, was interrupted in mid-flight. In putting together this year's course, we thus decided to complete the intended Spring series, Navigating the Modern Wilderness, from September through November. For full details of the 2020-21 program, click here.

Weekday Service Schedule

The current schedule of weekday services is as follows:

Monday: Virtual Morning Prayer
Tuesday: Morning Prayer in the Chapel, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday: Virtual Sung Evening Prayer
Thursday: Morning Prayer in the Chapel, 7:30 a.m.
Friday: Virtual Morning Prayer

In keeping with both diocesan parameters and guidelines, and District of Columbia restrictions, no more than ten people may attend Morning Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday. Masks must be worn and appropriate social distancing must be kept at all times. Since copies of The Book of Common Prayer have been removed from the Church and Chapel, attendees are encouraged to bring their own. To purchase a simple pew edition of the Prayer Book, click here. To purchase a leather-bound Prayer Book and Hymnal combination, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: All who plan to attend Morning Prayer in the Chapel of Saint Jude must read, sign, and date the Diocesan Covenant for Regathering in Worship. Signed copies of the Covenant may be mailed, or scanned and emailed, to the Parish Office. Alternatively, attendees can read, sign, date, and submit the Covenant upon arrival at Christ Church. Copies will be available at the entrance to the Chapel.

Virtual Sung Evening Prayer features members of the choirs of Christ Church and Saint John’s Church, Georgetown, who chant various portions of the liturgy.

All virtual services will be posted on the parish blog, Grace under Quarantine. We once again extend sincere thanks to parishioner Lain Wilson and the Reverend Gini Gerbasi, Rector of Saint John’s, for their ongoing leadership of this important collaborative ministry. If you would like to become involved in the production of weekday virtual services, contact Lain Wilson.

Parish Blog

Grace under Quarantine

Click here to view Grace under Quarantine, a blog for the people of Christ Church, Georgetown, and the wider community as we face uncertain times. To submit material for consideration, contact the Reverend Andrew Kryzak.

 

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