New, More Restrictive, Worship and Gathering Protocols
New, More Restrictive, Worship and Gathering
An Important Message From Bishop Owensby
It is with regret
that I email you to issue yet another—this time more restrictive—protocol
for worship and all other gatherings (study groups, staff, etc.) of our
congregations. Just this week we learned that many of our parishes and
metro areas are now classified as red zones due to the increase in positive COVID cases. The updated diocesan guidelinesfollow the CDC guidelines for red areas.
In short, you will
see that indoor, in-person gatherings (worship and otherwise) are
prohibited until further notice from me. Virtual gatherings are preferred.
Outdoor worship is allowed and those in attendance must wear masks and
practice social distancing. Morning Prayer is preferred but Eucharist is
allowed under the restrictions outlined in the document.
circumstances make these difficult times even more trying and exhausting. I
understand how frustrating and disappointing this is. Hang in there. I am
so impressed with and proud of the love and the devotion you are all
showing in these trying times.