Our Church will be open for communal worship beginning on July 12th
Dear St. Basil Community,
With the blessing of our bishop, Metropolitan Gerasimos, our Church will be open for communal worship to our parish families beginning on July 12th, 2020.
In order to conform with social distancing best practices, space to attend communal worship at St Basil will be limited. Anyone who wishes to attend Divine Liturgy on Sundays is required to RSVP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48a8ad29a2fe3-saint1.
Reservations will be available beginning on the Monday before that Sunday’s liturgy and will remain open until we have reached capacity. If you have any questions, please call the Church office (949) 542-3345. We will also continue to broadcast all the St. Basil liturgical services via Facebook Live for those who wish to worship from home.
During the past 6 weeks, our St. Basil Covid Task Force has been meeting to organize the safest possible best practices that are now in place. Please note that nothing is perfect and this will be an evolving practice. Most important, everyone must consider their own health status before committing to come to Church. Metropolitan Gerasimos suggests that anyone with serious health issues or who is in a compromised health category should remain home. Additionally, anyone who has recently been sick should not attend church, as well as those living in their household, until they have quarantined for the suggested time as per our Government regulations.
What should we expect when we return to Church?
- Greeters will meet you in the courtyard and guide you through our safety measures/procedures.
- Social distancing will be practiced with marked walkways and assigned seating.
- Each person’s temperature will be taken before allowed to enter Church.
- Everyone must wear a mask during the entire Divine Liturgy (inside & in our courtyard).
- Everyone must sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer that we will be providing.
- One family at a time will be allowed in the narthex to light candles.
- Icons should be venerated by bowing. Please do not kiss icons.
- Holy Communion will be distributed following the Sermon. We have volunteers to help you and answer questions when you arrive.
- A plexiglass partition has been installed between the chanters and the congregation.
Once again, we ask for your continued patience and perseverance as we navigate together these uncharted waters. We look forward to seeing you and praying the Divine Liturgy with you.
May God grant our community healing and strength during this pandemic.
Rev. Fr. Bill Tragus