In-Person Worship FAQs

Worship Schedule

Sundays at 8:45 & 11 a.m.
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
188 Elliott St., Danvers, MA 01923

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a new visitor, how can I get connected?

Welcome, we’re so glad you’re here!

  • Please fill out our Welcome Form to get started.
  • Click Here to view our weekly Announcements
  • To view the various groups, classes, and events going on at the church you can use the Church Center App
  • If you’d like more information about Children & Youth Ministry at CTR, you can Click Here
I've never attended a service at CTR in person. What should I do if I want to attend?

We’re so glad you’ll be joining us in person!

  • We encourage you to pre-register online HERE, but you can also register in person when you arrive to attend your first service. After you attend your first service, the church office will contact you to let you know which two Sundays per month you’ve been assigned should you (hopefully!) choose to attend with us in person again. (Note: we will do our best to accommodate preferences.)
  • Click Here to fill out a welcome form so we can get to know you better.
  • Please also review our Health & Safety guidelines and In-Person Worship FAQ’s so you know what to expect when you come to a service.

If you have any questions you can contact Olivia, our Office Administrator, at info@ctrnorthshore.org or by phone at (978) 774-3163.

Do I have to register/pre-register to attend a service?

If you’ve already received an email – you are automatically pre-registered and DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER.

If you haven’t yet received an email – we encourage you to pre-register online HERE, but you can also register in person when you attend a service.

Visitors – We ask that you pre-register online HERE, but you can also register in person when you attend your first service. After your first visit, you will be able to attend a service in person every two weeks, and you’ll receive an email with the dates. (Note: we will do our best to accommodate preferences.)

 

Will someone bring me Eucharist if I'm listening to the service in my car in the church parking lot on Sunday Morning?

Yes! If you park in a spot marked by an orange cone, a priest will bring the Eucharist out at the appropriate time during the service. 

How frequently can I attend an in-person service?

You will be able to attend church in person every other week, twice a month. On weeks that you’re not able to attend in person, you can view the service online here.

Can I come to a service on a week not assigned to me?

If you would like to attend a service not assigned to you, please contact Olivia, our Office Administrator, for assistance (email: info@ctrnorthshore.org; phone: 978-774-3163). Due to limited space at each service, we’re unable to guarantee requests to attend services outside the twice monthly schedule will be approved. 

Note: preferred communication is email and we ask that you request assistance at least one week before desired service date/time.

I was assigned to a group/service time that won't work with my schedule, what should I do?
If you have been assigned to a group that doesn’t work for you, please contact the church office (email: info@ctrnorthshore.org or phone: 978-774-3163). To better assist you in a timely manner, please contact the office at least one week in advance from when you hope to attend a service.
Where do I go when I arrive at the church?

Please enter the building via the main entrance directly parallel to Elliott Street. We will have a Welcome Tent with an outdoor heater where you can check in as you arrive. Once you enter the foyer, an usher will direct you to your seat.

Please arrive early in order to be sure to be seated by the time the service begins.

What safety protocols do I need to follow at the church?

We ask that all who attend our services follow these safety protocols:

  • Wearing masks at all times (Please note that children under 2 should not wear masks, and children up to age 5 may wear a mask at parents’ discretion according to state guidance.)
  • No singing
  • Maintain Physical distancing – 6 feet from anyone not in your household
  • Signing-in with 2 forms of contact information and full name
  • Answer COVID-19 screening questions during the sign-in process.
  • Having your temperature taken before entering
  • Having one person in the restroom at a time
What measures is the church taking to ensure a clean, safe environment?

Occupancy Limitations: We are staying well within the government guidelines for occupancy.

Seating: Markings will clearly indicate seating arrangements that will exceed the minimum 6 feet physical distancing requirements.

Cleaning: We will be cleaning all frequently-touched spaces before and in between and after services. We will have removed all Bibles and Hymnals from the pews so as to avoid risk of spreading the disease through sharing these materials. We will be cleaning the bathrooms frequently.

Air Exchange: We have recently cleaned/maintained our heating and air handling systems and installed upgraded filters. We will also be maintaining temperatures at colder levels that require the heating and air exchange systems to be running for the majority of the time the building is occupied. This will maximize exchange of fresh air in the building. To accomplish this, we may need to keep some exterior openings (windows and doors) open.

Air Cleaning: We have invested in multiple portable HEPA air filtration devices that we will position around the sanctuary.

Will the church look different?

In some ways it will, and in others it won’t. Here are some changes you can expect:

  • We will have removed all Bibles and Hymnals from the pews so as to avoid risk of spreading the disease through sharing these materials.
  • We have placed multiple portable HEPA air filtration devices around the sanctuary.
  • We may need to keep some exterior openings (windows and doors) open.
  • People will be seated more than 6 ft. apart, and there will be stickers on the pews indicating where to sit.
How will I follow along with the service?

The digital bulletin for each week is posted in the link at the top of the home page titled Sunday Bulletin.

Will we be able to receive communion?

Yes! Communion will be served in pre-packaged containers. We offer both regular and gluten free wafers and juice sets.  There are several ways you can receive communion:

1. In person during a service you attend.

2. In the church parking lot during a Sunday service. Please park close to the building near the side entrance where you will be able to access the WiFi network to watch the livestream. Clergy bring communion outside at the appropriate time during the service.

3. Pick up the Eucharist at the church on Wednesdays between 12-2 p.m. to partake from home during the Sunday service.

Will there be children and youth programming?

Middle and High School Youth will continue to meet in safe ways (heated, covered, highly ventilated spaces) during this season. Click Here for more information.

Ages 3-5 (Level 1) – Will meet on the stage in the fellowship hall during both services.

Ages 6-8 (Level 2)- Will meet in the classroom to the left of the stage. 

Level 1 and 2 children will be dismissed from the service to their respective classrooms where they will need to wear their masks and will sit socially-distanced. If this is your child’s first time in Level 1, we would ask that you come with your child for the first time. If you arrive late and the children have already been dismissed, please allow the usher to take you to your assigned pew and then bring your child(ren) to their respective classroom.

Ages 9-12- We will be hosting a monthly 2-hour retreat for this age group on a Saturday

Father Brian Barry will continue to do a live Catechesis. You can follow his videos on the CTR Facebook page here.

Will nursery care be available during the service?

We don’t currently have nursery care available. Parents may use the Retreat Room (found at the right rear of the sanctuary when facing the rear exit). Parents may also use the lobby closest to Elliott Street. 

Where do I go if I'd like to receive prayer or talk with a priest during the service?

Please go to the Prayer Chapel between the two sets of double doors at the Elliott Street entryway. There will be a priest and prayer team members there to pray with you starting at communion until the end of the service.

Can I sing?

Our choir will not be singing during our worship services in this season. We will also be asking parishioners not to sing during services. Instead we invite you to reflectively follow along with the lyrics of the songs sung by worship leaders. 

Can I use the restroom?

Yes! Restroom use is limited to one person/household at a time to maintain physical distancing. If the restroom is occupied, there will be two lines starting in the Parish Hall, one for the Women’s bathroom and one for the Men’s bathroom.

If you are listening to the service from your car on Sunday morning you may use the restroom. Please use the side entrance closest to the restrooms. Knock and you will be let in. You’ll also be required to check in for contact tracing since you entered the building.

How should I exit the sanctuary after the service?

To accomodate physical distancing at the end of the service, ushers will dismiss pews one at a time. People will exit through the doors to the rear of the sanctuary. To avoid crowding, we ask that people avoid stopping on the sidewalk right outside the doors. 

Will there be a fellowship hour between services?

There will not be a designated “Fellowship Hour” before, between or following services. We will be cleaning the sanctuary and common areas between services. We ask that you please depart the building as soon as possible after the service and continue conversations outside.

Will there be any adult formation classes on Sunday morning?

Yes, probably online only. Stay tuned for more information.

*Credit for the great idea of an In-Person Worship FAQ’s page goes to Christ Church of Hamilton Wenham.