Grace Cathedral strives to be a community of joy, courage and wonder, online and in person. Regathering for indoor in person worship will begin soon, and unfold gradually. We invite you to join our livestream services, online events and virtual gatherings. Visit our calendar of online events, and connect with us on social media.
We will continue to update this page weekly.
What does Grace Cathedral offer in person now? (last updated 5/06/21)
- Columbarium committals, with up to 4 people.
- Funerals, with up to 10 attendees.
- Weddings, with the couple and up to 8 attendees.
Religious services and cultural events may be pre-recorded or streamed live from the cathedral.
When will Grace Cathedral begin regathering for indoor services?
Grace Cathedral will focus on a phased regathering of Sunday and weekly services.
First, we’ll regather the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist in person on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, and continue in person and via livestream on an ongoing basis.
Second, we will prepare migrating the 8:30 a.m. Service of the Word from its Zoom format to a spoken Eucharist in the Nave at a later date TBD.
Third, the 6 p.m. Vesper Light will move fully in person at a later date TBD and may retain some online components.
We are pleased to announce that Evensong will resume as an in-person service with Choir Recognitions on Thursday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nave.
Expect resumption of in-person worship for the Vine to be in mid to late June, with confirmation of date in upcoming updates.
Consideration of daily weekday services — Morning and Evening Prayer and midday Eucharists — will come later.
What about outdoor services?
We’re pleased to offer three Simple Communion services with the dean on Sundays, May 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. on our outdoor plaza.
What precautions will you take? (updated 5/6/21)
- Pre-register service attendees, and be prepared to contact trace if necessary
- Ensure separate entrance and exit routes
- Use a health screening upon arrival
- Encourage hand sanitizing
- Ensure everyone is masked at all times
- Ensure attendees are seated with and maintain 6-feet of distance from other households
- Refrain from congregational singing
- Encourage people to socialize outside
What about other church activities, like coffee hour, service projects or formation programs?
For the immediate future, Grace Cathedral will continue to offer these activities and programs online. We will expand offerings and hours as public health, staff and volunteer capacity allows.
When will I be able to volunteer in worship again?
As we regather, the number of vested ministers serving in worship will be comparatively small, to allow for social distancing. Watch our weekly worship email, Light and Peace, and listen for announcements about volunteer opportunities.
How does Grace Cathedral make decisions on opening?
Grace Cathedral looks to the San Francisco Department of Public Health and partner agencies for general guidance for houses of worship and schools. That guidance is then interpreted and tailored for Episcopal churches by our bishop and the diocesan COVID Response Team.
Grace Cathedral’s Regathering Team meets regularly to plan our next steps, and coordinate efforts with our two onsite schools.
What can I expect from Grace?
- Well prepared staff, volunteers and facilities for each phase of regathering.
- Following the science and taking all reasonable precautions to safeguard the community.
- Communications on this webpage, in verbal announcements at services and with additional context in our weekly Congregation Update.
- Invitations to help with trials of in person worship when they are advisable.
- Music recitals, Forums, mind-body and arts events for the wellbeing and enjoyment of the community.
What can I do in the meantime? How can I be part of the church?
- Get vaccinated when you have the opportunity, and if recommended by your doctor.
- Wear a well-fitting mask, practice social distancing, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and wash your hands frequently.
- Do your best self-care. Focus on quality rest, nutrition and interpersonal connection. Move regularly and take breaks when you can.
- Pray with us. The cathedral prays six days per week as a community, including your prayer requests.
- Ask for help. If you need personal prayer or counsel, contact the staff clergy.
- Stay connected. Whether in a Virtual Coffee Hour, at Bible Study or Book Group, or through the congregation phone tree plan, Homebound, But Not Alone, for real-time interaction with your fellow congregants.
- Support those who are more vulnerable than you. Deliver groceries, make masks or just check in on someone you know is struggling.
- Watch the Congregation Update for ways to advocate for our vulnerable neighbors.
We thank you for your continued support and participation in the Grace community during these times. Grace thrives because of all the people involved and we couldn’t be more thankful and excited to continue to grow and navigate this together.