St. Thomas’ continues with in-person worship on Sundays with one service each week at 10:00 a.m. Beginning June 20, we will no longer require pre-registration for in-person worship, and everyone will seat themselves. You will be asked to sign in for contact tracing purposes, and we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask and keep appropriate physical distance while inside the building. Welcome Guides will greet you as you enter and will assist with sign-in practices. They will continue to support maintaining safe practices, as well as usher for Communion and exiting. We ask that you enter through the Highland door and exit through the Winton door. We ask that you please not congregate inside and block the aisle as people enter and exit.
For specific updated details about what to expect at the service, click here.
Thank you for your constant patience as we continue to adjust our practices for in-person events in this new way of Becoming Church.
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 is now working in the office. Office hours are from 8:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday. In person meetings must be scheduled in advance.
- 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.