Pandemic Regathering News
On Tuesday, April 13th, the Vestry approved a Pandemic Regathering Plan intended to ease us back into a more comfortable Parish life, while continuing to keep everyone safe. Of course, we will comply with Diocesan guidance and law at all times. But, we also intend to create circumstances that leave no one behind. To accomplish this we aim to make nearly all aspects of Parish life “hybrid” – that is, simultaneously accessible online and in person – and to do it in a way that all participants can actually interact with each other. For example, in a church service, one reader might be in the Church and the other reading via Zoom – with all able to see and hear each other…and announcements could come from anywhere!
At first, little will change will occur other than making it possible for a certain number of people who wish to do “being together” on campus (masks and distancing, etc., applicable) while others take part on Zoom. The number of people who will be able to attend in person will be determined using a Diocesan formula and announced in the week’s newsletter. It will be “first come, first served” and once the maximum number has been reached no one else can be admitted (although they will, of course, be able to attend on Zoom). Masks will always be welcome regardless of whether they are required. Ushers, or the leader of a meeting, will have both the responsibility and the authority to be sure we all follow the requirements to keep each other safe. Outside events may be considered where they could provide greater flexibility as described in the Plan.
Implementation will be gradual and always susceptible to “hitting the pause button”. If circumstances don’t worsen we may start hybrid worship in May, and work up to parishioner use of the Parish Hall, and then to additional use by Friends of All Saints, by the end of June.
The details are in the Vestry’s Plan which you can read here >>> PLAN.
We’ll be mailing out copies to the people who may not be comfortable with reading it on line. There will be frequent updates to Regathering news in Parish emails and newsletters. And, of course, if you have questions after reviewing the Plan, please give either of us a call. Most importantly, we need to continue to be sensitive to each other, keep each other safe, and not inadvertently create situations where someone may feel pressured to participate in a certain way.
With great appreciation for everyone’s past and future efforts to care for each other and our neighbors,
Father Ken Phelps, Rector Kip At Lee, Senior Warden