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What’s New @ All Angels’ Church
In-Person Worship Sign Up for the Fall
If you want to join us in the building on a Sunday through October 31st, please sign up at this link here: https://rsvp.church/r/
We are transitioning from the previous Google Form sign up to a new and easy scheduling platform for in-person worship. Rsvp.church is a very accessible RSVP form-based software that will allow us to continue our in-person worship services more efficiently and effectively. If you have any questions or concerns please email admin@allangelschurch.
If you forget to register, or are unable to register, please contact a member of staff. You should still feel free to attend church. Registering for worship is not intended to stop anyone from attending but gives the worship team an indication of how many people are coming to church, so that we can prepare and maintain the necessary safety protocols.
We are so grateful for your engagement, patience, and encouragement as we continue to navigate this season of our life together. We pray that God’s presence will be very evident to you as we look toward the future, hopeful. Wherever you will be on Sundays, we look forward to seeing you in worship!
Manny Cacciatore Documentary Film
Have you noticed the great art works on our bulletins this summer? We’ve featured works by parishioner Manny Cacciatore for the last couple months, and now we’re thrilled to release a brand new short film, more than 18 months in the making, about this friend and brother! Seth & Seth, of All Angels’ arts ministry, paid a visit to Manny at his home and studio just before the pandemic, and our cameras were rolling. See the film at https://youtu.be/x_
Weekly Morning Prayer
We will continue to offer our daily morning prayer times that you can join — Monday-Friday 7:15-7:45am. The liturgy is from the Book of Common Prayer, but a BCP is not necessary to join. It is a great way to start your day! Zoom link here (passcode = prayer), please consider stopping by!
Praying for the Search Committee
Calling All Angels, to call on all angels, in this season of searching.
Please pray for our search committee who are dedicating time and energy in their service. Please pray for protection from the evil one. Please pray for the gifts of wisdom and discernment. Please pray for harmony and unity. Please pray for their families and work to be trouble free. Please pray as you are called and led in the Spirit. Amen.
Vaccination and Masking Policy Update
Date: 1st August 2021
The All Angels Church clergy and wardens are assuming that come September we will have a significant return to in-person worship. New York City schools will be returning to in-person learning, and we hope that the Fall will signal a return to some sort of normality. To prepare for returning to in-person worship in September, and in response to the numerous calls from the congregation, we have written this document outlining the vaccination and masking policy of the church.
When writing a vaccination and masking policy a church needs to consider a number of sources of information. Firstly, there are the scientific considerations that will inform policy which should be based on the latest and best information available about the virus. Secondly, there are the theological values that the church holds dear. Finally, there are the various communities of particular concern who will be affected by the decisions of the Church. Each church has a different context (location, ministries, communities it serves, etc.) with different communities of particular concern and so will need to make different decisions regarding the requirements of vaccination and of masking.
We recognize that there are differing opinions about each of these three elements. Therefore, the purpose of this document is to provide the logic behind the policy decisions we have made. Our hope is that even if you may disagree with the approach detailed herein, you will understand our rationale and the considerations we made.
In his communication to the Diocese dated May 27th 2021, Bishop Andrew Dietsche noted that he would impose no restrictions beyond those already imposed by the State of New York, and that he is “counting on clergy and parish leaders to use your best judgment in making decisions regarding in-person worship in your churches.” Given all of the above, please note that the situation around Covid-19 is constantly changing and so you should expect this policy to be updated as the situation evolves. When the Diocese updates their guidance we will certainly inform the parish.
All Angels Policy: Summary
- All Angels Church continues to strongly recommend that everyone eligible get vaccinated.
- All Angels Church will continue to mandate and enforce the use of masks throughout the building, on Sundays for worship services and on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Community Ministries, for the foreseeable future.
- All Angels Church will continue to space out chairs appropriately during worship but will otherwise not mandate a social distancing requirement. We ask that you would be empathetic and cognizant of the needs and anxieties of those around you.
- All Angels Church will not require any sort of vaccination passport to access community life.
- Following recent changes in city and federal policy, All Angels Church requires that all volunteers and staff be vaccinated. This includes clergy, staff, worship band, hospitality team, LEMs, and anyone volunteering with children’s ministry or Pathways.
If you would like more information on how we reached this policy you can click here for more information.
Continuing @ All Angels’ Church
In Response to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Hate
As All Angels’ leadership, we grieve and denounce the subtle discriminations, inequitable structures and overt violence that exists in our culture based on skin color. Given the spike in violence this year targeting Asians and Asian Americans, we want to acknowledge and support our sisters and brothers who bear the brunt of this evil. Please read more about what we’re doing and how you can get involved at this link here.