We continue to gather as the worshiping, serving Body of Christ in this new time, connecting creatively and growing as a family in our faith, hope, and love. 

Guidelines for In-Person Worship

 

As a community of faith, we know that our life together is shaped and governed by the presence of Christ in our midst. All our works are begun, continued, and ended in him, even (or perhaps especially) those things we do in times of crisis and change. Our decisions around in-person worship and gatherings are born out of the promises of our faith, the gift of our baptismal covenant, our love for God and our neighbor, and our belief that God is present in our community, healing, guiding, and comforting us all. It is in this spirit that we share the following information about in-person worship.   

All decisions about in-person worship and other gatherings are governed by the guidelines and policies of the Church of the Atonement, the Diocese of Chicago, the City of Chicago, and the State of Illinois.

 

Requirements for In-Person Worship

  • Worshipers will wear a proper mask over their nose and mouth at all times in church buildings, except when removing it briefly to consume the Blessed Sacrament. Vaccinated persons will be permitted to remove their masks when reading or preaching.

  • Do not attend if you have flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms or are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

  • Plan to arrive at the church 15 minutes prior to service. You will be asked to provide your name and contact information, which will be used if we need to contact trace.

  • Worshipers should maintain a six-foot or more distance from all those who are outside their own household.

  • Worshipers should follow the instructions of the ushers, greeters, and posted signs as to entrance and exit, traffic patterns, restrooms, and seating areas.

  • You are encouraged to make good use of hand sanitizer, particularly before and after receiving Holy Communion.

  • All of our bathrooms are now single occupancy; please follow the posted guidelines for entering and cleaning the bathrooms.

 

What to Expect at Mass

  • All people who wish to attend an in-person Mass will be asked to provide their name and contact information, which we will use for contact tracing should this prove necessary.

  • Worshipers will be guided to a designated seat by the ushers; households may sit together.

  • While there will be organ music throughout, there will be no singing in in-person liturgies. It is acceptable to hum the hymns and to speak responses and prayers.

  • The Peace will be exchanged in place with a solemn bow instead of handshakes or hugs.

  • The Offering will be collected in a stationary plate at the back of the Nave. There will be no collection and no physical offering of this Offering during the Mass.

  • At the distribution of Communion, worshipers will make their way to the crossing, following the directions of the ushers and signs in the aisle, and stand to receive. We recommend that worshipers receive Communion in their palms, step to the side while removing their mask, consume the host, and then return to their seats while replacing their masks.

  • Communion will be distributed in one-kind only, with the reminder that to receive in one-kind is to receive the fullness of the Sacrament. The wine in the Chalice will be consumed only by the Celebrant.

  • If a worshiper desires a blessing instead of Communion, the blessing will be offered verbally only.

  • At the end of Mass, there will be no opportunity to greet the Celebrant or preacher (the common “receiving line” at the end of worship). There will also be no in-person coffee hour, although virtual coffee hour will still happen after the 11:00 liturgy.

 

We hope that this information not only helps you to feel more comfortable in knowing what to expect from our in-person worship but also demonstrates the care that Atonement’s leadership team has taken in its planning and preparation.

Weekly Worship

 

Daily

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

on Facebook Live

Sunday

8:00 a.m.  Low Mass

9:00 a.m.  Sung Mass

11:00 a.m.  Solemn High Mass 

also live-streamed on YouTube

Monday

7:30 a.m. Low Mass

 

Tuesday

12:00 noon Low Mass

6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer

on Zoom 

Meeting ID: 938 8731 4778
Password: 045957 

Join by phone 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID followed by #

Wednesday

7:30 a.m. Low Mass

6:30 p.m. Low Mass

7:00 p.m. Choral Evensong

when scheduled

Thursday

12:00 noon Low Mass

 

Friday

7:30 a.m. Low Mass

Saturday

9:30 a.m. Holy Rosary

10:00 a.m. Low Mass with

Prayers for Healing