The Vestry held a special meeting this afternoon and decided to approve a proposal to resume “in-person” worship during Holy Week. The decision was difficult (every member of the Vestry expressed ambivalence: a desire to resume in-person worship but also a deep concern for the health and safety of every member of the parish) and it was not unanimous. But it is the decision and we move forward “Joyfully, Hopefully and CAREFULLY“. It is important that parishioners remember three things:
#1. The protocols that were established back in November will continue to be maintained (masks; social distancing; no congregational singing and the distribution of the host only in the pews)
#2. It will be necessary to pre-register for every service and a maximum attendance of 40 will be permitted (this number includes the Celebrant; Deacon; Lector; organist and ushers).
#3. No one should feel obligated to attend just because in-person worship will be resumed. We will continue to “live stream” all services using the Zoom platform (we are working to upgrade the quality of our presentation with the purchase of new “hardware”).
A FlockNote with detailed information about the schedule for Holy Week and Easter (including pre-registration information) will be sent on Monday.
Please click on the link below to see the video which was shown at the Annual Meeting last Sunday. Thanks to Jeff Bathurst who came up with the idea and wrote the script and Morgan Wall who put it all together.
|Please click on the link to view Fr. Dave’s greeting and reflection on this New Year’s day…|
Church of the Good Shepherd
Invites you to Sunday Morning Zoom Services at 10AM!
E-mails will be sent out weekly via Flocknote with Zoom login information, service leaflet, and trifold. If you are not getting the weekly information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on the Health Department information and the recommendation of the Diocese to consider this move, Father Dave, Deacon Carl, Beth and I met to discuss what is prudent based on an overabundance of caution. The number of CoViD cases and the positive test result numbers in Gloucester County is well above the acceptable levels across the nation and state.