Thank you for choosing “Worship with Us” at St. Stephen’s, Oxford, NC.
St. Stephen’s worship follows the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina’s guidelines found in “A Plan for Churches During a Pandemic”. https://www.episdionc.org/uploads/images/reopening-guidelines-stage-2-edition_778.pdf
Each Sunday the Liturgy of the Word, Rite II as found in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP, p355) is available via our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/ststephensoxford and at YouTube www.youtube.com and search Rector St Stephens.
Following Phase 2 diocesan guidelines, St. Stephen’s began experimentation on October 11, 2020 with limited attendance Holy Eucharist, Rite II (BCP, p361) for our Vestry. Fifteen persons total, including assistants and the celebrant, were in attendance.
Going forward—local public health indicators permitting—more services will be scheduled. The number of persons allowed to attend will vary with service location (fewer indoors than outdoors), local conditions (rolling averages and test positivity rates), and specific parish occasions (special group services). While all are welcome, advance signup for a prescribed number of spaces will be necessary at this time.
Again, thank you for choosing “Worship with Us” at St. Stephen’s. We look forward to a day when we may re-gather under less stringent conditions than the COVID-19 pandemic imposes.
Until then, we pray for those who have been stricken, mourn those who have died, rejoice with those who have recovered, and give thanks for the continued health of those who have escaped affliction. And we pray for all whose health is otherwise adversely affected by non-COVID-19 conditions as well.
May the Lord bless you, keep you, and preserve you to eternal life. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Vincent Joseph Kopp Rector
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Oxford, NC