With the highest standards of precaution and safety, modified services resumed at St. Paul's on May 31st.
A downloaded PDF with a summary of the temporary measures is available.
A letter from The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, listing requirements for all churches in our diocese is also available.
Contact the church office with any additional questions.
New Service Structure
We will offer services in the Church on Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 AM. The 9:00 AM service takes place in the Courtyard (weather permitting, otherwise in the Church) through the end of September.
We anticipate the service lasting 40 minutes.
For a time, we will hold off on communion until we can figure out how to do it safely and can communicate instructions in person in the weeks before resuming communion. For now, congregations are not allowed to receive bread and wine (per our diocese).
Music But No Congregational Singing
There will still be organ music. We also are piping in pre-recorded music (and it sounds great!).
No Children's Services
Children will sit with family.
What is expected of you during our new services.
Consider Staying at Home
If you are in an at-risk category, 65 or older, and/ or have underlying conditions, take advantage of our offerings on the radio or online. (Information on the radio and online service may be found here or at the bottom of this page.)
If you are sick or not feeling well in any way, especially if you have a fever, please do not come to church.
When you come to church, we will ask you to do the following:
- Wear a face covering.
- Not use the restrooms, if possible.
- Respect social distancing of 6 feet.
Sit Alone or Only with Your Family
You will be asked to sit alone or with your family in pews marked for occupancy, arranged to keep social distancing.
Practice Social Distancing
Before, during, and between services, we ask all to be respectful of distance and interactions, difficult though that is!
Pay Attention to Posted Signs with Instructions
No hugging, no shaking hands, no elbow bumps.
Alternative Services Continue
While we are back in the Church for modified services, we are not ending radio or online services.
Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 AM to "Shining Brightly" on WAKR 1590 AM & 93.5 FM. WAKR also streams online for those outside of Akron!
Look for devotional videos posted Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM on our YouTube channel, St. Paul's Akron.
Look for the "News & the Good News", a devotional thought around the Psalm of the Week.
Look for updates on our response on our homepage.