"Partners in the Transforming Power of Jesus Christ"

The Church of the Messiah is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany.  We are called by God to be "Partners in the Transforming Power of Jesus Christ."  Through our worship, work, and witness we strive to be obedient to the Word of God, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and being transformed by His holy power so that those we minister to will know the extreme love that God has for them.

SUNDAY WORSHIP HAS RESUMED & WILL ALSO BE LIVE STREAMED

Sunday worship 8am & 10am has resumed in person.  If you can't attend please join us for the recorded 10 am service on Facebook.

We welcome The Very Rev. Jean Devaty as our rector.

Our in person worship services have resumed and we follow the following guidelines.

Anyone who answers yes to any of the following questions should not attend worship:

  • Have a temperature of 100.4 or higher in the last two weeks?
  • Have you lost your sense of taste or smell in the last two weeks?
  • Have you or someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you come in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?

It has been a long 14 months since we began following COVID-19 guidelines for worship.  After considering the updated State and Federal guidelines, the Standing Committee met and has made adjustments to our Diocesan guidelines.  Based on their recommendations, the Church of the Messiah has adopted the following modifications to our current guidelines:

  1. For those who are fully vaccinated and who are comfortable masks may be removed while seated in pews IF 6 feet social distancing is maintained.  The exception to this is when the congregation is singing at which time masks must be worn by all present.
  2. Masks must be worn when entering or leaving the church, or when walking to and from communion.
  3. Coffee hour is permitted, however, masks will be required while standing or walking inside the Parish Hall and if you are unable to maintain 6 ft. social distancing.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are still required to wear a mask throughout the service.  If you are vaccinated but wearing a mask gives you greater comfort and safety, please continue to do so.

While we recognize that this guidance differs from the NYS and Federal guidelines, our aim is to keep our parish family safe and care for one another with the greatest respect.

We will still follow these guidelines:

  • ushers releasing individuals to enter the center isle to come up for communion at the altar rail; entering the center steps and going to the right and left to receive communion, and then going down the left and right side stairs back to your seats by the side walls,
  • communion will be received by the officiant placing a wafer in your hand without making contact and no wine will be consumed;
  • collection plates located back entrance before coming to the pews, place your pledge in and ushers will now bring up prior to communion.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office at office.messiahgf@gmail.com or rector.messiah@gmail.com or call 518-792-1560. We look forward to worshiping with you, in person, this coming Sunday.

Peace of Christ,

Your Wardens and The Vestry