In-person Outdoor Worship Resumes Palm Sunday, March 28

Dear People of Good Shepherd,

The Task Force for a safe return to in-person worship has been meeting in preparation for our return to one outdoor service each Sunday, beginning on Palm Sunday at Noon. Reservations are required as we have limited space. Double-masking is now the CDC recommendation. All the usual safety protocols will be in place, including temperature-taking. In case of rain we will not have the outdoor service. We will continue our Zoom worship at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. The Task Force is unanimous in agreement that we are not ready to consider indoor worship at the present time, due to many safety concerns of indoor, poorly ventilated spaces.

The Task Force for a safe return to in-person outdoor worship
(“Nuts and Bolts”)
March 10, 2021

Please read this document carefully before you attend.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Detailed plan for a safe return to in-person, outdoor worship
(adopted by the Vestry September 23, 2020, updated March 10, 2021)


  • Capacity for outdoor worship is 36 including the priest, lay assistant, volunteers.

  • Reservations are required for attendance. Make reservations by calling our Jr. Warden, Richard Taylor. You may call Tuesday through Friday after 10:00 a.m. for the following Sunday. We will keep a waiting list in case reservations exceed capacity.

  • The service will be no longer than 45 minutes in duration.


Please observe the following requirements:


  1. You will enter through the iron gate into the courtyard. 

  2. A volunteer will take your temperature and offer a mask if necessary. (Double masking is recommended). 

  3. A free-standing hand sanitizer station will be there for you to use as you enter.

  4. Properly worn masks are required and extras will be on hand. 

  5. An usher will direct you to your chair.

  6. A collection plate will be in a central location so you can drop your pledge into the plate

  7. There will be no congregational singing or speaking responses during this phase.

  8. You are encouraged to bring your own prayer books for the service. Chairs will be available.

  9. Restrooms: Outside restrooms only will be available. Doors will be propped open if possible. Cleaning person to sanitize before all services. Disinfecting wipes will be inside each restroom. Please clean door handles, faucets, and other surfaces after you use the restroom. 

  10. The Church buildings will be locked and off limits during this phase to all except Rector, lector, and altar guild, who must all wear masks while inside.

  11. In case of rain there will not be an outdoor service.