With a safe and successful outdoor worship experience on August 9, parishioners at St. Stephen Lutheran Church will again gather for “Worship in the Pines” on Sunday, August 23 at 10 am. The service will take place in the partially-shaded back parking lot behind the church at 537 Bolton St., Marlborough. Weather permitting, Sunday outdoor worship will continue to alternate with Zoom church services through November 1. (Future outdoor services are scheduled for September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18 and November 1.)
Everyone who attends – members, friends, and visitors – must pre-register by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-worship-registration-113524466736. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, church-goers must bring their own chairs and wear masks. Ushers will check people in, offer hand sanitizer, and guide them to socially distanced spots. Bathrooms will be available on a limited basis. For those who prefer to participate from home, outdoor services will be live-streamed on YouTube.
The church building has been closed since March and parishioners are reluctant to come back to indoor worship. A survey showed that 75% of respondents favored an outdoor service. The outside worship is limited to 40 congregants. For the August 9 service, 36 people pre-registered.