SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church stands in solidarity with our community as we confront the hazards and challenges of the novel coronovirus. Starting August 30, we enter “Phase 3” of our reopening plans: up to three services or indoor events per week, with up to 50 participants. Once you have reviewed the requirements for participation below, please sign up using the Sign-Up Form at the bottom of this page.
We know that many will not be able to physically attend services for many days to come, and we want our whole community engaged each week; so we are continuing to share all our worship services online via GoToMeeting. Our Praying at Home, Praying Together page has all the details, and is kept up to date with the latest plans.
To be able to hold services in our temple (the church building), we commit to a number of safety measures. Before you sign up to attend an upcoming service, please make sure you understand and are able to abide by the following requirements:
- Each person seeking to enter must have—in advance—the explicit permission of Fr. Joshua Mosher. Please use the sign-up form below, on this page. You can also contact Fr. Joshua directly at 203-237-4539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You are not permitted to enter the temple if, in the past fourteen (14) days:
- you have exhibited any sign of sickness (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell).
- you may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
- If you are a vulnerable individual – that is, a senior citizen in frail health or have a serious underlying health condition such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, or compromised immune system – you are highly encouraged not to enter the temple.
- Each person entering must be checked with a non-contact thermometer.
- In the event that a person exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 after attending services, a record of attendance shall be kept in order to notify others present that they should quarantine for 14 days.
- Everyone over the age of two (2) is required to wear a face mask while inside the temple. You must provide your own mask. Face masks may only be removed for reception of the Eucharist. The Reader may remove his or her face mask only while reading. Choir members may remove their face masks only while singing.
- Everyone is required to disinfect their hands immediately upon entering the temple.
- Continue to refrain from kissing icons, the chalice, the priest’s hand, etc.
- Only fifty (50) people are allowed in the temple at a time. When the maximum capacity has been reached, all others will be turned away.
- No service books will be provided. If you desire to use a service book, you must bring your own copy with you and take it home when you depart.
- One person will be assigned the responsibility to handle and light all candles, on behalf everyone else at a given service. No one else is to touch candles.
- Those inside the temple must maintain at least six (6) feet of separation between themselves and others at all times (members of the same household are excepted), including while in line to receive the Eucharist. Upon entering the temple, wait to be directed to a designated position for you and your household. Venerate the icons by bowing (not kissing) and then go to that indicated position within the temple.
- Individual tissues will be made available for reception of the Eucharist. While in line, take a tissue and wait to approach the chalice until the person in front of you has moved away. After receiving the Eucharist, wipe your lips with the tissue and place it in the brass container next to the candle stand. No antidoron (bread distributed after Communion) will be provided.
- At the conclusion of the service, please depart promptly while maintaining physical distancing.
All who choose to enter assume all underlying risks of doing so.