In an effort to keep parishioners safe from the Coronavirus I am making some shifts to our plans for communion. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, and Bishop Lee both sent out communication explaining that research indicates that most germs are passed at communion through intinction. I know that sounds surprising. But most of the germs we don’t want to passed live on our hands and fingers. Therefore, it is best to simply practice taking communion in one kind, bread only. Both bishops site very old church teaching that explains that the full gift of communion can be received through a single element.
Other precautions for the safety of our community include hand sanitizer bottles placed around the church. You can help by washing your hands when you enter the building. Tommy and I will use hand sanitizer before we hand out the bread. And during the peace parishioners will be encouraged to smile or make other gestures of good will toward each other instead of shaking hands.