(Last revised September 26, 2021)
We are proud to be a community where all are welcome, and we want to provide a safe environment for the health and well-being of our parishioners and guests. Erie County is now an area of substantial spread of COVID. Because of the high vaccination rate of our congregants and the mitigation steps we have taken, St. Michael and All Angels is not requiring vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. However, you should continue to use your own best judgment.
Indoors: Masking is optional for those who are fully vaccinated and required for those who are unvaccinated while indoors. We strongly recommend, based upon CDC guidance, that those who are vaccinated wear masks to help curb the spread of the Delta variant; our worship leaders will not be wearing masks to aid in your ability to hear them.
Outdoors: Masking is optional for all individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated) while outdoors.
We have transitioned from our pre-packaged communion wafers with wine to a common bread distribution. The priest will place the wafer into your hands at the altar rail. Should you desire to consume wine, please take your own individual cup from the tray. You may consume it prior to walking away or take it to your seat; please dispose of the cup in the garbage cans provided. We will continue to work to find a method for distribution which supports our understanding of Eucharist as consuming from a common cup.
Congregational singing is permitted. Masking while singing indoors is optional for those who are fully vaccinated and required for those who are unvaccinated.
The parish has returned to full capacity. If you wish to attend indoor worship in person while remaining distanced, please notify an usher or vestry member when you arrive and you will be directed to alternate seating.
Passing of the collection plate during the offertory is permitted.
All attendees must provide contact information for the party, consisting of a name and phone number, to the ushers at the rear of the church.
Gatherings and receptions
Large gatherings and special events are permitted with prior approval from clergy and wardens.
As a community, we will continue to support one another in times of trouble and in times of celebration. We encourage those who may be unable to attend in person to access our worship services remotely via our livestream on YouTube. We continue to promote vaccination, hand washing, good ventilation, and listening to our own bodies as the best way to see us through out of the pandemic.
This page will be continually reviewed and updated as guidelines change and the pandemic evolves.