Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Updates Regarding the Coronavirus & Changes to Church Practices & Policies

Online Worship Services

Diocese of Texas COVID-19 Guidelines
May 1, 2020 Video Message regarding The Diocese of Texas Guidelines for Re-Gathering and St. Dunstan's Plans to Implement Safe Worship Practices

April 27, 2020 - Update: Church Gatherings Cancelled for Sunday, May 3 & Sunday, May 5th. 

Click here to read the email announcement

statement of churches concerning the Pace of Resuming In-Person Worship


April 14, 2020 - Update: Church Gatherings Cancelled for Sunday, April 19 & Sunday, April 26

Click here for a special message from Fr. Roman

Please join us for Worship Online on Sundays.  Worship videos available starting at 8:00am. www.saintdunstans.org/onlineworship

March 30, 2020 - Update: Church Gatherings for Cancelled for Palm Sunday, April 5 through Easter Sunday, April 12 

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Please join us for WORSHIP ONLINE on Palm Sunday, April 5 at 8:00am & Easter Sunday Worship Online at 8:00am

Prayers | Readings | Sermon | Music  http://www.saintdunstans.org/onlineworship

Worship details and study resources will be emailed Saturday. 

In addition, all programs and ministries that meet at St. Dunstan's are cancelled for the week of March 30-April 17. We will continue to monitor the impact of the Coronavirus and will follow up with another update as soon as possible in regards to worship services & programs for the following Sunday, April 19.

March 23, 2020 - Update: Church Services Cancelled for March 29

WORSHIP SERVICES AT ST. DUNSTAN'S ARE CANCELED FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 29.

In addition, all programs and ministries that meet at St. Dunstan's are cancelled for the week of March 29-April 3. We will continue to monitor the impact of the Coronavirus and will follow up with another update as soon as possible in regards to worship services & programs for the following Sunday, April 5.

Please join us for WORSHIP ONLINE on Sunday, March 29. Worship details and study resources will be emailed Saturday, March 28.

Click here to read a special message from Fr. Roman.

March 22, 2020 - Worship with us Online.  Click Here.

Worship Resources for Lent 4 ~ March 22  

March 16, 2020 - Update: Church Services Cancelled for March 22

In addition, all programs and ministries that meet at St. Dunstan's are cancelled for the week of March 15-27. We will continue to monitor the impact of the Coronavirus and will follow up with another update as soon as possible in regards to worship services & programs for the following Sunday, March 29.

The Staff & Leadership of St. Dunstan's understand that this is a challenging time. We are praying for our church family and for the world. The Staff is working on creative ways for us to "Keep our distance, but share our faith". We hope that you will continue to stay connected to each other and to your faith - call each other, plan virtual Bible studies online, text a prayer, or watch a livestream of the Holy Eucharist. Click Here for Resources from March 15

We will be sending out another email with Worship & Bible Study Resources for this coming Sunday, March 22nd later this week.

We will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 and will notify you via email as soon as possible. You can also find the latest St. Dunstan's COVID-19 on this webpage.

March 13, 2020 - Update: Church Services Cancelled for March 15 & New Church Practices
The Coronavirus continues to impact the world and communities across the United States. The W.H.O. has declared this a pandemic so several states and cities are declaring “a state of emergency.” Many public gatherings have been cancelled.

It is also impacting life within some of our Episcopal Dioceses in the wider church. The St. Dunstan's Leadership have been monitoring the developments within our immediate surrounding community. Our neighboring churches, Champions Forest and Faithbridge have opted to close church campuses this Sunday. St. Dunstan's agrees that this is the right decision to make out of an abundance of caution for our parish family and greater community.

WORSHIP SERVICES FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 15 ARE CANCELLED.

In addition, all programs and ministries that meet at St. Dunstan's are cancelled for the week of March 15-20. We will continue to monitor the impact of the Coronavirus and will follow up with another update as soon as possible in regards to worship services & programs for the following Sunday, March 22.

Online Worship & Other Resources

PLEASE CONTINUE READING BELOW TO SEE THE UPDATED GUIDELINES
The St. Dunstan's Staff and Ministry Leaders will be reaching out to you if you are involved with worship services or ministry work to give you guidance on a plan of action.

We ask that everyone intentionally care for one another by practicing the CDC guidelines for hand washing and distance keeping. Now is the time to practice "love thy neighbor" but also "distance makes the heart grow fonder". So let us keep each other, St. Dunstan's Staff, Leadership, healthcare workers, leaders of the world and all those who are ill in prayer at this time.

Updated Worship Guidelines

WHEN SERVICES RESUME THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
These updated guidelines meet the Bishops requirements but also meet the needs of our immediate church family and community as decide in prayerful consideration by St. Dunstan's Leadership.
1.    The discontinuation of the common cup at the Eucharist.
  • The celebrant consecrates a cup and may commune or dispose of after the Eucharist.
  •  Local health authorities recommend discontinuation due to the fact that we do not at this time the viability of the virus through touch, surfaces, and liquid.
  • Many denominations have done so and four episcopal churches in the diocese of Texas have done so already.
  • Numerous dioceses have done so.
  • Here is the statement from the Archbishops of York and Canterbury regarding communion in one kind only.
2.    We will receive communion while standing in a receiving line down the center aisle. We will not kneel at the communion rail.
 
3.     Effective immediately , we will not offer Lay Eucharistic Visitors.
 
4.    Offering plates will be placed at the front of the church near the altar. You can also give online , mail your offering to the church office, or drop it off during office hours M-F 8:30am-4:30pm. Your gifts continue to be a blessing.
 
5.    Baptismal fonts and stoups will remain empty.
 
6.    At the Passing of the Peace—a simple bow or verbal exchange is appropriate, we will not encourage physical contact.
 
7.    Hand sanitizing gel will be at the credence tables and all who are involved in the distribution of communion and chalice must sanitize before the distribution.
 
8.    Hand sanitizing gel, soap, and tissues are available in bathrooms and other common areas and we ask that the congregation use these items intentionally.
 
9.    Children and Youth are required to wash hands upon entry into classrooms and programs.
 
10. We ask that members that travel to foreign countries, self-quarantine for a recommended period of two weeks; refraining from coming to the church and/or school for that time period. Check the  guidelines from CDC here .

March 6, 20202 - Diocese of Texas New Guidelines for Church Practices & Liturgies

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the world and communities across the United States, Bishop Doyle sent out communication and the new required initiatives that will lower the risk of spreading communicable diseases in congregations and communities.

 Due to the incredibly contagious nature of COVID-19 and to practice an abundance of caution, the Diocese of Texas is recommending the following common-sense steps and practices for church operations and liturgies. Until further notice:

 Bishop Doyle is requiring the discontinuation of intinction (dipping the bread or wafer in the cup). It may be important to remind us all that "Sacraments may be received in both kinds simultaneously" but this is subject to the bishop's approval, according to the BCP page 407-408.

  •  Drain and empty all baptismal fonts and stoups, and for the time being, the practice of dipping the hands in the water of a font should be discontinued. If you perform a baptism, please use fresh water each time.
  •  Avoid physical contact with others, including during the exchange of the peace—a simple bow or verbal exchange is appropriate.
  •  Place hand sanitizing gel at the credence tables and ask all who are involved in the distribution of communion and chalice to sanitize before the distribution.

Should the outbreak grow in Texas, The Diocese of Texas will follow the best practices of other dioceses where the risk has become higher of spreading the virus. We will be monitoring updates and communicating with you directly as things change. You can read the full memo here. 

Additional resources to help answer you questions about the common cup vs intinction and other practices:

Faith Based Response to Epidemics

Healthcare Concerns and Liturgical Practices

Report Regarding the Common Cup and Other Liturgical Acts

Liturgical Practices and Coronavirus Outbreak Episcopal Diocese of Maryland