Announcement from Karen+ and your VestryDear friends,
Over the last year, I have been very clear that the decision on how we worship during the COVID pandemic would not be made in isolation. Rather, I have consulted with physicians in our parish, with our vestry, and paid attention to the guidelines offered by our diocese. As you know, based on the very dramatic spike of new cases in late summer and early fall, we went back to virtual worship. At the time we made this decision, the number of cases per 100,000 was over 1,200. We are currently at 530, so the numbers are going in the right direction.
Based on this, we began discussion regarding resuming in-person worship. What we know:
- The numbers are going in the right direction but still high.
- Masking, social distancing, and the vaccination are the three best things we can do.
- This pandemic could last a long time.
This past week the vestry voted that we begin in person worship Sunday October 24th with the requirement of showing proof of vaccination in addition to wearing masks, and social distancing. Adding this third layer of protection means we are taking science seriously as well as the need to be together seriously. Beginning October 24th, we will resume the Sunday 8:00am, 10:00 am and Wednesday 11:00 am services with a table outside under the portico where you will show your proof of vaccination. We will use this protocol only until the numbers decrease more significantly and then we will remove this requirement.
This congregation has shown great patience during this difficult time, and I am most grateful to you for that.