COVID-19 Status

St. Michael’s is gathering for indoor worship in the church beginning Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Mass is celebrated at 9:30am on Sundays. Seating in the church as well as on the lawn will be available. Shade tents and chairs will be provided for lawn seating. (You are still welcome to bring your own chair.) The in-person Sunday evening 4:00 pm Evensong will continue outdoors.

Daily Morning and Evening Prayer will continue online.

Daily Mass: Tuesday through Friday at 12pm and Saturday at 5:30pm have resumed inside the chapel.

For the health and well-being of the community:

  • Please stay home if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have been in recent contact with someone with these symptoms.
  • Vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks for worship. Unvaccinated people, including children age 12, are expected to wear masks.
  • Vaccinated people may now join in congregational signing, both indoors and outdoors.
  • You may kneel at the altar rail for communion, or choose to remain standing at your seat during communion and the priest will bring the Sacrament to you.

Evensong

Evening prayer soaked in jazz on the church lawn. Featuring Carlsbad’s Dene Davidson Quartet. More information here.

Virtual Offerings

Daily Office Livestream

Daily Morning and Evening Prayer continue to be offered on zoom! Access links here

“Solemn Blog Mass”

St. Michael’s continues to bring you a virtual “blog mass” complete with a video recording of the sermon. This liturgy is designed for home devotions, and it’s super easy! First, take a moment to quiet your heart and prepare for worship. Then simply begin at the beginning! Click on the videos to watch the sermon and hymns.

Outdoor Children’s Chapel

St. Michael’s is excited to offer an outdoor Children’s Chapel for all ages during Sunday mass! Children will enjoy Bible stories and related activities on the Pickleball Patio and playground. Click here for FAQ, or email becky@stmbts.org for more information.

Face coverings continue to be required during Children’s Chapel for elementary school-age children and older, unless vaccinated. Masks are optional for preschool-age children and younger.

School-age children will continue to meet on the pickleball patio, with toddlers and preschoolers meeting on the playground.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to sit inside?
Nope. Outdoor seating with sound amplification will remain an option for the foreseeable future. This includes the priest delivering communion to those seated outdoors.

Why only one service?
There is actually theological precedence for one Sunday morning service, that is, the body of Christ gathering together as a single organism for worship. This is an ancient practice that continues in many churches to this day. We anticipate having more-than-enough capacity to accommodate a single indoor service with the additional outdoor seating.

There is also the practical challenge of pulling together enough volunteer resources to support more than one service. The pool of volunteers that serve as Sunday ushers, acolytes, readers and altar guild has been greatly reduced during the pandemic. Our base of faithful volunteers would need to grow more than two-fold in order to support an additional Sunday service.

Last, but certainly not least, having experienced the physical separation of lock-down, taking a season to worship and hang out together after church as one body will be beneficial to the spiritual and relational health of the St. Michael’s parish family.

Will we add a second Sunday service? If so, when?
This question is in the forefront of the Vestry’s mind and will be closely monitored. If the experience is that a single service is too full, the question of splitting into two services will be addressed (with growing the volunteer base as a determining factor). An additional service could be added as soon as mid-summer or early fall.

One service or two, I believe this will be a positive collective experience for the entire community.

Why is the service time changing to 9:30am?
Many area churches who offer a single Sunday morning service do so at 9:30am. The Vestry agrees that 9:30am is a reasonable compromise for a single service (which also takes into account the wide range of parishioner feedback).

What about Jazz Evensong?
Jazz Evensong will remain outside.

Will the online service still be available?
Yes! The online “Solemn Blog Mass” is here to stay. Please continue to share this digital resource!

How about Saturday evening and daily masses?
Saturday evening mass remains inside the chapel at 5:30pm. Daily noon mass remains inside the chapel Tuesday-Friday.