Category Archives: Weekly Service Registration and Information

New “In-Person Worship” Protocols

In light of the CDC’s recent announcement and the guidelines from the Diocesan Re-Opening Task Force,  The Vestry approved the following adjustments to our existing “in person worship” protocols, beginning  May 22, 2021:

#1. Vaccinated worship leaders will not be required to wear a mask (Fr. Dave will continue to wear a mask when distributing the sacrament)

#2. Congregational singing (with masks) will resume on Pentecost Sunday.

#3. The Book of Common Prayer and Hymnals will return to the pews.

#4. We will continue to require all worshipers to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. We will increase the maximum # of worshipers to 50..

“In-person” has resumed for Saturday, 5:30pm and Sunday, 10:00am Services.   A  FlockNote  to pre-register will be sent out each Thursday of the week.  Deadline for registering will be Friday, 12 Noon for that week.

In person services resuming!

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.

In Person Services Canceled

Good evening Church of the Good Shepherd family,
Effective immediately, Church of the Good Shepherd is returning to solely online worship services.

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.

Many of you will be disappointed with this decision. Us too. Although this decision bears heavy on the heart, it would be heavier if one of our own got sick or worse due to attending services.
I would ask that you keep Father Dave, Deacon Carl and the Vestry in your prayers as we move again into a period of uncertainty. The Church of the Good Shepherd is here among us and we are strong.
I look forward to the day we can see and enjoy each other’s company again.

Regards,

Senior Warden