July 28, 2021
Dear Friends of Trinity,
A word from Bishop Jake:
As you have probably noted, the Delta variant is causing significant increases in the infection rates. As a result, you can expect yet another round of emails from me adjusting our protocols. However, I will try to limit this by issuing the following direction.
Each priest will be responsible for monitoring the rates in their local area. On the basis of your local situation and your best judgment, you have my authority to decide whether or not to require masks, to revert to communion in one kind, opt for outdoor worship only, or provide only online worship.
At a minimum, all should recommend mask wearing and require physical distancing. As stated in an earlier email, we are currently restricted to the use of intinction and passing the peace from a distance.
Once infected or exposed, quarantines are required. An outbreak in your congregation requires closing down to allow time for the building to become virus-free……….
My dear Trinity family,
Due to the increase infection rates, I concur with our bishop and strongly recommend that we return to wearing masks during worship and social distancing. I know this is a difficult and uncomfortable ask but the health of our congregation is most paramount.
Quoting Bishop Jake, “ As followers of Jesus, it is our responsibility to help our community in this time of need.” Please note that further restrictions may apply in the future. My friends, we have the tools and knowledge to move forward and remember, our community is strong and resilient.
Blessings, stay safe and well,
We pray for your love and compassion to abound
as we walk through this challenging season.
We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load
of making decisions with widespread consequences.
We pray for those who are suffering with sickness
and all who are caring for them.
We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable
to not succumb to the risks of the virus.
We pray for misinformation to be curbed
that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds.
As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide,
may we also approach each day in faith and peace,
trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us. Amen