Dear Friends in Christ,
As we continue to pay attention to the latest developments of the Coronavirus, I want to take this opportunity to let you know what common sense precautions we are taking at St. David’s, as we gather for worship, fellowship, and ministry.
You are invited to pass the peace with a nod and a smile, or other ways that avoid close physical contact (Our Youth will show us “creative” examples of this during announcement time this Sunday)• You may have noticed that those giving communion have been washing their hands and applying Purell to their hands immediately before serving communion. This practice will of course continue. As for the taking of communion: Peer reviewed studies from the CDC have found that the common cup remains a safe way for you to receive. However, as always, it is perfectly acceptable to receive the bread only. If you are not comfortable with taking a sip of the wine, cross your arms across your chest. Also, for the time being, we will discontinue “extinction” (the dipping of the bread into the wine).The priests welcome greeting you in the receiving line after the service and during coffee hour, but everyone will refrain from shaking hands. There are, of course, other steps that each of us can take individually to help prevent the spread of this and all contagious illnesses:If you or your child is sick, stay home until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours.Wash your hands thoroughly, and often, with soap and water, or with anti-bacterial products.Cover your coughs and sneezes, with elbows, not hands. Carry tissues with you. Above all, as always, keep the sick and the fearful in your prayers, as we remember that we are “Christ’s body” of healing and peace to this troubled and broken world.
Grace and Peace, Dean+