A LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF ST. PHILIP’S:
CONCERNING OUR REOPENING
This past Sunday, Easter Sunday, St. Philip’s took a significant step forward from the pandemic experience of the past year. Not only were we able to celebrate Communion and distribute the consecrated bread to members in the parking lot; at the Parish Notices, I also made the announcement that, given the proper health metrics, our intention is to begin in-person Sunday worship on April 25. Having said this, we have some important steps to take between now and then. Allow me to name the most noticeable ones.
1. We will not be returning to the way things were: Too much has changed; and too much is still to be recognized, evaluated, and incorporated. To this end, this past autumn, at the direction of our Bishop, St. Philip’s leadership created a reopening plan, by which (at the appropriate time) we might safely return to our common life and ministry. Having been accepted and in the wings, the Vestry and I have been waiting for the appropriate public health time to roll it out. With the Governor’s recent announcements, reflecting the improving Covid data, Bishop Fisher has given us the green light to put our reopening plan into play. Read More