"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.

ONSITE WORSHIP RESUMES SUNDAY

It is with great joy that I formally announce that the updated COVID-19 guidelines permit the Church of the Messiah to resume its 8:00 am and 10:00 am Sunday morning services on site at the church beginning Sunday, June 14.

Although we are returning to celebrating the mass, I fully understand that it is up to everyone to identify for themselves if they are comfortable and ready to resume corporate worship together. Whatever determination that you make for yourself—to join us on Sunday morning or continue worshiping online from your home—I fully support your decision. (For those of you electing to stay home, the services will continue to be posted online albeit later in the day on Sunday).

  • Anyone who answers yes to any of the following questions should not attend mass:
  • 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?

For those who are considering returning to corporate worship together at the church, there are several health and safety measures we are administering to ensure full compliance with all current guidelines issued by the bishop and government authorities. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • cleaned and disinfected surfaces, pews, bathrooms, etc. before each service;
  • attendees limited to maximum of 25 percent of the facility’s authorized full capacity;
  • social distancing outside the church before entering;
  • each attendee being asked the above four questions before entering;
  • applying hand sanitizer when entering the church;
  • wearing masks at all times while inside the church;
  • ushers escorting groups to seats using one-way isles and pews marked off to ensure social distancing;
  • use of detailed service bulletins instead of shared hymnals, bibles and prayer books;
  • no hand shaking or hugging during the peace or throughout the service;
  • applying hand sanitizer before and after communion;
  • ushers releasing individuals one-by-one to enter the isle for communion;
  • receiving communion at the head of the center isle while standing and maintaining social distancing;
  • communion will be received by the officiant placing a wafer in your hand without making contact and no wine will be consumed;
  • no procession or recession to reduce potential congestion in the isles; and,
  • collection plates located in a central location for people to drop on the way in or out.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at fatherkarl86@gmail.com or 518-429-8971. I look forward to worshiping with you, in person or online, this coming Sunday.

Peace of Christ,

Karl ☩