IN PERSON WORSHIP DETAILS
A limited number of spaces are available for in person worship. Those who desire to attend will need to contact the church office by noon on the Friday before – either call 716-822-1900, ext. 20 or email.
At this time, the intent is to offer in-person worship at St. Simon’s on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
All attending will be required to wear masks and maintain safe distances. Refer to the screening criteria below to help make your decision about attending. Enter on the Cazenovia side of the church (please do not walk through the church) and use the main doors, which will be open. Pews will be marked for seating. Congregational seating will begin approximately 20 feet from the position where the priest, reader, and intercessor will approach and their masks may be removed when speaking.
This worship service, like all services of Holy Eucharist, will have two parts – the Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion. The Liturgy of the Word portion will be video-recorded, to share on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday mornings. If you attend, your voices will be on the recording for the responses (but not a video image, unless you are a reader or intercessor).
Following Liturgy of the Word, instrumental music will be offered as the altar is prepared for Holy Communion. This portion of the worship service will not be recorded. After the consecration, persons may approach the altar, one at a time or by household, to pick up communion from the edge of the altar. We will be using individual communion cups, which are sealed and contain the bread and wine (a grape juice option will also be offered); a card will be placed with each cup, with a prayer for use after receiving. When you receive your communion, we ask that you then exit the side door of the nave, marking the end of the service.
COVID SCREENING QUESTIONS
Before you decide if attending an in-person worship service is right for you, please review these questions. You will also be pre- sented with these on arrival for worship.
• Do you feel well?
• Have you had any COVID symptoms, including short- ness of breath, fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or fatigue?
• Have you been in contact with anyone suffering from COVID in the past 14 days?
• Have you traveled outside of NY in the past 14 days?
If you answer yes to any of the above, please wait until a later date to attend worship.
• Are you over the age of 65 and/or do you have underlying health conditions?
If so, you are encouraged to consult your physician about in-person gath- erings and consider whether online or home worship may be appropriate for you.