I am writing this from my home office, which is where I typically am for our Zoom worship and gatherings. Zoom has been a great way for us to stay connected during this time of COVID-19. UAB, Samford, and BSC will all begin their Fall semester on August 24. Given that, and the return of many folks in Birmingham, Trinity Commons is planning to return to in-person worship on Sunday, August 23, at 6 p.m.
We are going to gather for worship outside in front of the student center. Our service time of 6 p.m. means that there will be shade. We have folding chairs available, but you can also bring your own. There is plenty of space for us to physically distance.
We are going to continue using the Liturgy of the Word, which includes prayers, music, scripture, and a sermon, but not Holy Eucharist. Starting off, we won’t offer Sunday supper, but we are working on a plan for Sunday suppers in the near future. I think this is the safer way for us to be together right now.
So, here are the important things to know and remember:
- Sunday, August 23, at 6 p.m. we will meet outside at Trinity Commons for worship.
- You need to wear a mask. It can be a cloth mask or a disposable mask, but it needs to cover your nose and mouth. You will need to wear your mask the whole time, especially if you are within 6 feet of someone or inside. We will have the student center open so that folks can use the restrooms if needed.
- Stay home if you are sick, or if someone in your household is sick. Don’t come if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are waiting for your test results, or if someone in your household has. We will continue to offer a Zoom option, so if you are not feeling well, please join via Zoom.
- Use the online bulletin. To limit contact and to not use a lot of paper, we ask that you download the service bulletin to your phone or iPad and use that. We will have a few paper bulletins available, but if at all possible, please use the web version.
- Dress comfortably. While we will be in the shade, it is still August in Alabama, so it will be hot.
This will all be strange at first. And we are beginning the strangest fall semester ever. But I am looking forward to seeing everyone again. And for folks that need to or prefer to connect online, we will continue Zoom as an option to join us.
Take care of yourselves, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.