In-person worship and gatherings are temporarily suspended after March 15, 2020 due to COVID-19 distancing , per the Bishop’s March 14 letter. The Diocese will be offering online services.
To Community Groups that meet in the St. David’s building:
Per a directive from the Diocese: At this time only truly essential health programs (such as twelve step-groups) shall gather in the church space. These essential groups shall exercise appropriate social distancing and hygiene precautions. Be mindful that the latest Federal Guidelines is that a gathering be no more than 10 people. Questions concerning your group should be directed towards your group facilitator.
Directives from the Bishop
- Pastoral offices: Funerals shall be delayed. A small graveside service for family only, may be offered. Baptisms shall be delayed until the full community can gather. In the case of a true pastoral emergency, a baptism may be performed with parents and godparents only. Weddings shall be delayed. In the case of a true pastoral emergency, a wedding may be performed with spouses and witnesses only.
- Pastoral visits: At this time, in-person pastoral visits shall be discontinued. For hospitalized parishioners, please ask the hospital chaplain to visit. Phone or zoom calls are another alternative.
- Vestries: Please ensure that vestries continue to meet regularly. Please do NOT hold in-person vestry meetings. Phone conference or Zoom conferences are an alternative. We are consulting with the diocesan chancellors regarding vestries voting when not in person. Bishop Duncan-Probe will be asking our District Deans to check in bi-weekly with all parishes and vestries for the duration of our response to this epidemic.
- Ministry Plans: Because our priority is to continue to minister faithfully, the bishop asks each parish and cleric to submit to Canon Carrie by this Friday, March 20th a brief plan outlining how the parish will continue worship, formation, outreach, and relationships/connection. We are putting together a resource to help you do this.
- Renters and community groups. At this time, only truly essential health programs (such as twelve-step groups) and feeding programs shall gather in-person in the church space. These essential groups shall exercise appropriate social distancing and hygiene precautions as outlined in the bishop’s earlier directive. All others shall be directed to delay meetings or move to remote alternatives until further notice.