PNA Article – Spiritually Remote

PNA Article – Spiritually Remote

Complimentary “Spirituality in Pennsylvania” Article for PNA Members

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA), has provided an article on how the pandemic is affecting already declining church attendance.  This article is available to our members to publish in print or online at no cost.

The Rev. Jeffrey Packard, St. Andrew’s rector, said the church holds a 10 a.m. service on Sunday mornings through Facebook Live. Additionally, St. Andrew’s has a half-hour morning prayer on Zoom every day except Sundays. On Wednesdays, the church holds a 15-minute “noon day prayer,” when communion used to be held.

Now, communion takes place during the church’s only in-person worship — the 5 p.m. service. Hand sanitizer bottles click open as Packard makes his rounds to each pew to bless the parishioners. People keep on their masks until Packard goes to the next row. After he’s moved on, they drop their masks to consume the wafer.

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