COVID-19 Updates

This page is updated with an overview and the most current information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Sunday (8:30 and 11:00 a.m.) and Thursday (12:10 p.m.) services are open for in-person and online participation. Please see the pastoral letter here for those details: https://marinerschurchofdetroit.org/wp-content/uploads/Pastoral-Letter-Re-Opening.pdf. Please note the following update to our mask policy, that we are no longer asking fully vaccinated worshipers to wear masks during our services at Mariners’ Church. Please note the following points of clarification to this significant change:

  • City of Detroit mask policy has not changed. Everyone is still required to wear a mask in the Ford Underground Garage, regardless of vaccination status. We want to be good neighbors to our friends at the City of Detroit and the Ford Garage by continuing to respect their policy. We will send out another update when their policy changes.
  • “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after a final vaccine dose. If you are not fully vaccinated we still strongly urge you to continue wearing a mask in the building out of care for fellow worshipers.
  • Those who are fully vaccinated are, of course, still free to continue to wear a mask if they prefer to do so.

For now, other in-person activities (Adult Bible Study, Social Hours, Theology on Tap) either continue to be suspended or have moved online.

Children’s Sunday School is on break for the summer and will resume in the fall. Note that children are welcome to participate with their parents in our services! Please call the Church Office with any questions.

Worship:

Our full schedule of worship has resumed and we encourage worshipers to return to in-person worship. We continue to livestream all of our Sunday, Thursday, and Red-Letter Day services. The livestreams, as well as videos of past services, can be found on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/marinerschurchofdetroit .

As you participate in the online services, we encourage you to pray along in your Book of Common Prayer. If you do not have one, it can be viewed online here: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/BCP_1928.htm

For tips on how to make the most of online worship from home, we invite you to read this guest blog post by Jodi Hubbard: https://marinerschurchofdetroit.org/blog/seven-tips-for-worshiping-from-home/

Anyone watching the livestream is also encouraged to make an act of Spiritual Communion during the service, by praying the following prayer while Holy Communion is being distributed:

In Union, dear Lord, with the faithful at every altar of thy Church where thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving. I believe that thou art truely present in the Holy Sacrament, and since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, I beseech thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself unto thee, and embrace thee with all the affections of my soul. Let me never be separated from thee. Let me live and die in thy love. Amen.

Come Lord Jesus, dwell in thy servant in the fulness of thy strength, and in the perfection of thy ways, and in the holiness of thy spirit, and rule over every hostile power in the might of thy Spirit, and to the glory of thy Father, Amen.

May the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life. Amen.

If you are unable to come to Church right now and would like one of our clergy to bring Holy Communion to your home, contact the Church Office.

Prayer:

We continue to encourage everyone to turn to God in prayer during this time. The Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer (BCP pg. 3, 21), The Litany (BCP, 54), and Forms of Prayer to be used in Families (BCP, 587) are very good resources for regular prayer.

The Prayer “In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality” (BCP, 45) is especially appropriate right now for daily prayer:

O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Study:

Theology on Tap meets on Zoom every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. We are currently reading The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis. Contact the Church Office to be added to our email list and receive the Zoom invitation.

Catechism Class begins Sunday, July 25, and will meet for 10 weeks, in-person, at 9:55 a.m. Anyone wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation when Bp. Ray Sutton is our guest preacher and celebrant on Sunday, October 17, should contact Fr. Jeff. The Catechism Class is required for Confirmands, and anyone that is new to Mariners’ Church is also strongly encouraged to attend, and anyone that would like a refresher on Christian faith and practice in the Anglican tradition is welcome.

 

Finally, we encourage everyone to continue to remain in touch with one another, especially with those who have not yet been able to come back for in-person worship. We are in a complicated time right now when many of us have returned for in-person worship but many continue to worship remotely. Fr. Jeff welcomes calls and emails.

The Church Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tithes and offerings can be given on Sunday or mailed in to the church. We are deeply grateful for your continued generosity during this time. “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.”

If you have any questions about our procedures, or pastoral care needs, please feel free to contact Fr. Jeff.