St. Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ,” (Colossians 4:2-3). God opens the Word to the faithful in so many ways (including some rather unconventional avenues during our recent quarantine!), but today I am thrilled to share that we are open once again for in-person worship at the Chapel of the Cross.
The Wardens, Vestry, Virus Committee, Will, and I have been working on our reopening policies and plan ever since +Brian, our Bishop of Mississippi, shared his guidance for reopening last month. I am grateful to all of them for their wisdom and effort, especially our Virus Committee (Bob Williams, Ralph Stillions, Stephania Jackson, Hal Flowers, Davis Frye, Jon Hosler, and Will Compton) for their help crafting these documents. They were adopted by the Vestry on Sunday, 14 June, reviewed and approved by +Brian, and are linked below for your reference.
These are “living documents,” in that, as situations change (infection levels, weather, parishioner interest, etc.), these plans may adapt, with the approval of our Vestry and Bishop, to meet evolving circumstances. If you have any questions about this process or the policies or plan, please ask.
I can’t wait to gather with all of you once again at the Chapel of the Cross. Until then, may God bless you and your family.
Stay safe and keep the faith,