New Physical Distancing Guidelines beginning May 30, 2021

In response to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker rescinding many (but not all) Covid-19 physical distancing requirements on Saturday, May 29, the Trinity Council has voted to update our physical distancing guidelines in the ways listed below.

The following Covid-19 physical distancing guidelines are affirmed and will remain unchanged:

  • Masks are required for all attending in-person worship. As a sign of hospitality, welcome, and inclusion for all persons, especially families with children age 11 and younger who are still not eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination, and in recognition that breakthrough infections remain possible even among the vaccinated, the Council requires all attendees of worship to continuing wearing masks at this time.
  • Sharing the Peace & Offering will continue to be touch free – offering plates will be placed at both the Jeppson Hall and Narthex entryways. Attendees are encouraged to offer a touch free sign of peace during the sharing of the peace and to consider online giving.
  • Bread only at Communion – Servers will continue to wear masks and members will have hands sanitized prior to receiving the wafer. One slight change is that both stations for distribution will be moved to the front of the Nave.
  • Limited congregational singing – At this time the Choir (masked and fully vaccinated) will continue singing on our behalf. We will return to singing the full liturgy and hymns gradually through the summer.

Changes beginning Sunday, May 30:

  • The Nave may be accessed through the Jeppson Hall or main Narthex (Lancester Street) entrancesAttendees are encouraged to sanitize their hands upon entrance to the building using wall-mounted dispensers at each location.
  • Bulletins will no longer be placed in the pews prior to worship. Bulletins will be available as you enter the Nave at either entrance.  Please take a bulletin only after having sanitized or washed your hands upon arrival.
  • Weekly contact tracing forms will be discontinued. In the event of a known Covid-19 infection among attendees email and other methods will be used to contact congregants.
  • Tape be removed from the pews. Attendees will be allowed to sit where they want, however, all are encouraged to continue practicing physical distancing by spreading out through the Nave.  Please be respectful of other people’s physical space and avoid crowding together.
  • Two additional bathrooms will be available. In addition to the Narthex bathroom, the Chapel bathroom and bathroom behind the chancel will also be opened to attendees.

Additional guidance:

  • Fellowship Hour. A time for congregational fellowship will be held outdoors on the Trinity Green after every Sunday worship during the summer months. On the first Sunday of the months of June, July, and August the Ministry Staff will coordinate food and coffee. In the event of rain/inclement weather, food and coffee will be delayed to the second Sunday of the month.
  • Trinity small group ministries – may resume meeting indoors in either the Library or Music Room with windows open and maintaining physical distancing. Use of space should be coordinated with Office Manager Chris Jackel. While masks are encouraged, each group can make its own decisions about wearing masks based on the unanimous consent of members. An online option for those remaining at home is encouraged.
  • Wednesday Eucharist in the Nave will resume on September 8 with Council making a decision about Sunday 8:00 a.m. Eucharist at its August meeting.  During the summer months we will continue to celebrate one Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the Nave. Wednesday Night Eucharist will resume on Wednesday, September 8.  In August, the Council will make a decision regarding resuming the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Eucharist in Christ Chapel.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we continue to care for one another and make our way through the pandemic. Please speak with a member of the Ministry Staff or Congregational Council if you have any questions or concerns.