Bishop Johnson released a statement this week that started with these words:
"Dear Siblings in Christ:
We are all tired. We are all weary. We are all worn. This has been a difficult journey...."
Yes, sir, we are -- and thanks for recognizing that.
These are difficult times. We are exhausted and we long for a return to "normal." We may even wonder what God wants from us in all of this uncertainty. It isn't just the pandemic. It's a divided nation. It's a new rector search. It's grief. It's the underlying fear of the unknown. What we must remember is this: God is very near to us and that God will never leave or forsake us.
Due to a December 27th directive from Bishop Johnson's office, we must make some changes to our protocols at St. Timothy's, effective immediately. Some of the changes include, but are not limited to the following:
+ Masks that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn in the building at all times, not just during worship services.
+ Contact tracing is required for all church events, including meetings and worship.
+ Communal meals and coffee hours are suspended.
+ Parish meetings must allow for social distancing or be held by videoconference.
+ Worship services will be limited to under an hour.
The staff is working hard to implement these changes and we ask for your patience (and for a little bit of extra grace) as we follow Diocesan guidelines. Please do not be offended if we ask you to put on a mask or to adjust yours. Please do not get angry if we have to cancel a meeting or limit attendance or ask you for your contact information. Please check your emails from St. Timothy's, frequently, because we will use email to notify the parish of any changes to upcoming events.
We are called to love one another, and that, itself, is an act of Christian charity and faith.
The entirety of Bishop Johnson's letter can be read HERE.
God bless each and every one of you as we pass through these waters.
Thank you for being kind. Thank you for being patient.
God is very near to you.