St. Thomas’ has begun in-person worship on Sundays with one service each week at 10:00 a.m. We are following the directives of the CDC, the City of Rochester, and our Diocese, which restricts the number of worshipers at any service. We regret that we are unable to accommodate “walk-ins” at this time. See below for our reservation process.
To ensure that we follow these restrictions for our 10:00 a.m. Sunday service, St. Thomas’ has instituted an invitation and RSVP process. On Tuesdays, we email a weekly invitation to our parishioners. Responses are taken on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend the service and are not on our email list, you may call the parish office at 585-442-3544, press 5 and leave a message with your name, contact information and the names and contact information of those who will attend with you. It is imperative that you leave a contact phone number in order for you to be added to the check-in list. We will call you only if you do not make the list. You must call each week between Tuesday morning and noon on Friday. At noon on Friday, or if we meet our maximum capacity, the invitation process will be shut down and no more phone or email responses will be taken for that Sunday.
A full explanation of the expectations and reservation process for in-person worshipers can be found here.
If you are unable to worship with us in person, we hope you will join us virtually on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. You can find us on YouTube on our channel at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Rochester, New York.
As we continue to practice physical distancing, in the last few months, we have learned to cultivate connection through spiritually and emotionally caring for each other.
- Pastoral care from clergy will continue to take place via email and phone call in most cases, unless there is a terminal situation. Lay pastoral visitors will hold to only phone calls and emails.
- The office staff continues to work from home, checking phone messages several times each day.
- Conversation Over Coffee continues each Sunday at 11:15 a.m. via Zoom.
- Adult education classes and committee meetings will continue to occur via Zoom.
- Children and youth have opportunities to connect virtually.
Please know this decision is made out of love and care for our community. For some this decision is right and for some this decision is wrong, but I am willing to be wrong if it means that it might help the COVID infection rate to go down and keep people alive.