Worship Together in the Pandemic
Trinity Church Baraboo is re-gathering for in-person worship as local virus activity permits. This re-gathering will require us to learn a new way of being together: learn more below.
Our current diocesan guidelines require us to limit our attendance to 30 persons in the church, and to take care to minimize multiple groups sharing the same air. Therefore, we are meeting at 9:00am on Sundays in the church, and 10:30 in the churchyard (east of the church building). Each service has 20-25 people present. At the 9am service everyone 3 years old and over is required to wear masks; at the 10:30 service, masks are optional. For the 9:00am service, reservations for attendance are gratefully appreciated. You can reserve your spot by clicking here.
No one who is sick should attend worship. If you have had a cough, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, recent loss of taste or smell, or other covid-19-like symptom within the last two weeks, or if you have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed covid-19 in the last two weeks, please do not attend worship.
The night before a service, a Service Host will call everyone who has reserved a seat for that service on the phone and ask them a series of health screening questions to ensure that they have not recently had covid-like symptoms. Service Hosts may also ask you these questions as you enter the service.
Precautions During the Service
We will be taking a number of unusual precautions to protect our older and at-risk members who may choose to attend service from covid-19. Each of these precautions limits the amount of time we are together or the amount of droplet/aerosol spread by the congregation. These include:
- Masks will be worn by everyone in attendance 3 years of age or older. Please bring your own mask from home; if you do not have one or forget to bring it, one will be provided for you.
- You will be escorted to your seat before the service, and escorted to the exit following the service to ensure that we stay at least 6′ apart.
- Seats will be at pre-marked locations more than 6′ apart, both indoors and outdoors.
- There will be no congregational singing.
- Services will be significantly shorter than normal (no more than 40 minutes).
- There will be no nursery care (children should be kept in pews or in open areas well away from congregation) or coffee hour.
- Fr. Dave will not be greeting people before or after the service – but is eager to have conversations with those who would like them (contact him for an appointment).
Newcomers, Visitors and Guests
Newcomers, visitors and guests are warmly welcomed to attend services during this time. We know that the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic has created spiritual needs for lots of people in our community, and we are a place for you to worship, to rest, to explore, and to discover what God is saying and doing during this time.
If you know you when you plan to attend, your reservation is greatly appreciated. If you drop by without making a reservation, we will do our best to accommodate you.
Where are you located?
The corner of 6th and Oak Streets, near the square in historic downtown Baraboo.
What happens during the service?
When you enter the sanctuary you will be handed the day’s bulletin which details each step of the service. The portions in bold indicate parts for members of the congregation to read aloud, and there are notes that indicate when standing or kneeling may be appropriate. Remember, nobody will mind if you don’t know when to stand, sit, sing or speak out loud. Everything is an invitation as you are able. Nothing is required.
What should I wear?
We do not have a dress code. You’ll see a wide variety of clothing choices in our church.
What does “liturgy” mean?
Worship in the Episcopal Church is said to be “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers.
For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.
The service of Holy Eucharist always has the same two major components: The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table. Learn more about the liturgy here.
Where do my kids go?
Children are an important, valued, and welcomed part of our worshiping community. Please know that children of all ages are always welcome to worship with you in church.
There are coloring sheets that correlate to the week’s readings along with colors and other “busy bags” in the back of the sanctuary. Please help yourself or ask an usher for one. And please know that these resources are for the enjoyment and interest of the children in our midst, and are not meant to keep your child quiet. There is never an expectation that your children be silent or still in our service. We recognize that the sounds and movements of children in the church are a lovely indicator of God’s presence in a lively church.
Can I participate in communion?
All baptized Christians, regardless of age or denomination, are welcome to receive communion. Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously.
Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing. You can indicate this by crossing your arms across your chest as the priest approaches.
Can young children receive communion?
In the Episcopal Church, in keeping with the practices of the ancient church, the emphasis is placed upon Baptism. Once an individual is baptized they are viewed as full members of the Body of Christ with access to the sacraments. Learn more about young children in the church.
Do I have to give a donation?
No. The ushers will take up an offering during the service, but that is not a request for money. Our regular attendees see this act of giving back to God as worship. If you feel moved to donate, we thank you.