- RE-OPENING OF ST. THOMAS CHURCH FOR SERVICES
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
FINAL GUIDELINES & PROTOCOLS
(AUGUST 31, 2020)
Please find below our Guidelines and Protocols re the opening of St. Thomas Church for worship on Sunday, September 13 at 10AM. The date is fast approaching. Since March, we were instructed by the bishops of the Diocese to cease all services of worship in our church buildings, due to COVID 19. We have not worshipped together, in church, for 6 months!
In response, together with a dedicated group of 5, that was allowed at that time, we switched to online worship. We would not want to disappoint the hundreds who have been following us on Youtube and/or those who, for health and other reasons, will find it difficult to worship in-person with us. Our services will be recorded and sent out to our faithful following!
May I remind you that our service on September 13 will not be what we have been accustomed to; we must await word from the bishop as to how long we will have to conduct worship in this way. We will begin and see how and where the Spirit leads us – we will see how things play out. At first, it may seem cumbersome and awkward - things are new and different but we will get into it and it will become, almost routine; it will become our new normal. We may even realize that it is not half as foreign as we feared!
We have compared our Draft Plans (1,2) for St. Thomas that you have received before, with the final Guidelines and Protocols sent out by the Diocese, August 19. We are in full compliance with the guidelines and protocols provided by the Diocese, put in our St. Thomas context. Come, let us gather together for worship in God’s house. We know that when we do, God by God’s Spirit is with and among us – as individuals and as a congregation -- to love us, to forgive us, to bless us and to send us out in power to do God’s work in the world.