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.
Tomorrow we will be discussing the Netflix Mini Series “Unorthodox” at 9:30 a.m. Even if you haven’t had a chance to watch this series, or wonder if you should, feel free to join us to hear how others have been touched or questioned about it.
On next Thursday, March 25, we will discuss the Netflix 4-part series, “Unorthodox”. This series is based on the true story of Deborah Feldman, as told in her book, about her life as a Hasidic Jew in New York and her journey out of that lifestyle.
Anyone who has watched this series, or would like to, is welcome to join us at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the many-layered psychological implications and messiness of marriage, family and community relationships – especially is a strict conservative lifestyle.
Meeting ID: 891 1467 1362
Join Fr. Dave, Fr. Don and Mel tomorrow night, 2/17, as we journey through this Lent taking a close scrutiny of the Lenten Disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, Good Works, Study and ending the Thursday before Holy Week (3/25) with Repentance: Preparing for Holy Week.
Members of Good Shepherd, St. David’s in Cranbury and St. John’s in Chews Landing have been invited, but please feel free to extend an invitation to all.
Class begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 8:45 p.m. Zoom ID is 451 815 3355 (no password required).