COVID-19 Status

Mass is celebrated at 9:30am on Sundays. Seating inside the church as well as outside 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.
  • Per the California Department of Public Health, masks are required indoors for those who are unvaccinated.
  • Per the St. Michael’s vestry, masks are encouraged indoors for those who are vaccinated. Masks are not required for outdoor worship and gatherings.
  • Love God. Love your neighbor.
  • 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.

Outdoor Children’s Chapel

St. Michael’s is excited to offer an outdoor Children’s Chapel for all ages during the 9:30am 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.

Coffee Hour

Enjoy in-person community outdoors on the lawn following the 9:30am Sunday Mass. More information here.

Evensong

Experience Evening Prayer soaked in jazz on the church lawn every Sunday evening. 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.

Adult Forum

The Adult Forum now take place virtually on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 pm. The fall 2021 study is an open discussion of the previous Sunday’s readings and sermon.

Access the link 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.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated September 2021

Why is the Adult Forum virtual?
As we are still required to wear masks indoors on campus, a virtual option for the Adult Forum seems preferred to an additional indoors, masked gathering.

Why is the Adult Forum on a Tuesday?
Offering Sunday in-person church and a virtual Adult Forum presents several challenges. People may feel compelled to choose between the two, or race from one to the next. In addition, the casual, open-ended Coffee Hour has been a great blessing for people to linger and visit.

Several parish surveys indicate Tuesday late afternoon to be an ideal time for a virtual Adult Forum option. This “pilot program” will run from Tuesday, September 21st through Tuesday, November 16th, and will be reevaluated prior to the Season of Advent.

Why only one Sunday morning 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 continue to have more-than-enough capacity to accommodate a single indoor service with the additional outdoor seating.

Additionally, there remains the practical challenge of pulling together enough volunteer resources to support more than one Sunday 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 needs 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, being able to worship and hang out together after church as one body has proved beneficial to the spiritual and relational health of the St. Michael’s parish family.

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.

Will we add a second Sunday service? If so, when?
This question remains in the forefront of the Vestry’s mind and is being closely monitored. If the experience is that a single service is too full, the question of adding an additional Sunday Mass will be addressed (with growing the volunteer base as a determining factor).

We will reevaluate this question prior to the Season of Advent.

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 Mass will continue in-person in the Chapel at 5:30pm. Daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) will continue in-person in the Chapel at 12pm.