In response to growing concerns around COVID-19, Bishop Susan Goff has issued specific instructions for parishes to follow in order to live into our faith by doing our best to safeguard one another, particularly the most vulnerable among us. A link to Bishop Susan’s announcement will be included in tomorrow’s e-newsletter.
Bishop Goff has instructed that the churches are not to be open for public worship for the next two weeks. We will not have gathered worship services on Sunday, March 15 or March 22. We will continue to monitor recommendations from Bishop Goff about resuming public worship. We are looking into options of holding a service online and will announce plans soon. The emphasis is to encourage “social distancing” as the best way we can slow the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop Goff is aware of the two funerals we have scheduled for this week. She has indicated those may still happen – without serving communion. We will hold receptions following the funeral services, with special protocols in place to minimize contact with food. No one should feel obligated to attend these services. The families will understand if you stay home to protect your health.
We are also canceling most meetings and events held at St. George’s beginning from the time of this email through Wednesday, March 25. I say “most” because there are a few situations where meetings may be necessary for pastoral reasons. The church office will be open by appointment only. Our preschool will be open Thursday and then they go on spring break next week.
More information will be included in the St. Georgian tomorrow.
This may come as a surprise. This is certainly something new that we are experiencing. Despite the uncertainty, it offers us unique opportunities to live in community and hold one another in prayer.
Bishop Goff has provided this prayer: Almighty God, we entrust all who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, all who will be affected, all who care for them, and all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and for the life to come, knowing that you are already doing for all of us more than we could ever imagine or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.