Regathering Update

May 15, 2021

Our first in-person worship at St. Mark’s will be our 10 am service on June 6. As it stands now, our 5 pm service will continue on Zoom, with a gathering in the courtyard on the second Sunday of each month.

We are committed to maintaining a hybrid morning service—both in-person and online—so that those who cannot make it to 3rd & A streets can still join us. As we learn how to have people in service and continue to livestream at the same time, and as we adjust to changing COVID guidance, we will take a number of initial precautions:

  • Limited numbers—50 people to start, expecting to expand that number soon
  • Pre-registration and check-in (for contact tracing)
  • Physical distancing
  • Masks

This page will be updated soon with details about how to register and what to expect when you come for an in-person service.

See Rector Michele Morgan’s May 14th e-Gospel announcement of regathering here.

Become a Regathering Volunteer

When St. Mark’s resumes in-person worship, we will need a corps of volunteers each Sunday to help with welcoming, registration, check-in, and ushering in the nave. You can sign up now by sending an email to regatheringvolunteers@stmarks.net.

There will be an orientation meeting via Zoom and an in-person orientation at St. Mark’s prior to our first open Sunday, June 6. Once you let us know you are willing to volunteer, we will send you the job descriptions. Thank you for considering helping make our in-service worship experience safe and welcoming.

Background: Planning Regathering

The St. Mark’s Capitol Hill Committee to Study Reopening and Regathering presented a report to the parish at a Rector’s Forum on Zoom on March 28, 2021. Discussion followed. Following approval by the Vestry, the Diocese accepted our Regathering Plan.

Watch the Rector’s Forum on Youtube. See the St. Mark’s Reopening and Regathering presentation.

Some members of our parish community may not be comfortable returning for in-person worship or live too far away to join us in person. So that we might all be present to our community, we will continue to livestream our 10 am service and the 5 pm service on Zoom.

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington remains committed to following CDC and DC government guidelines for safe reopening during the pandemic.