Click the link above to view a PDF of our latest COVID-19 policies as of Tuesday, March 24. Below is the full text of the letter.
They who dwell in the shelter of the Most High abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
They shall say to God, “You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I put my trust.”
For God shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence.
God’s pinions shall cover you, and under God’s wings you shall find refuge. –Psalm 91
I have held these first verses from Psalm 91 close to my heart for the past week. As the news continues to frighten and routines are laid aside for new and difficult ways of being, I am comforted by our God who shelters us under His wings.
One of the most difficult aspects of our current way of being is being apart from the Chapel. I miss sharing the Eucharist on Sunday, bantering in the office, welcoming visitors, laughing and learning on Wednesday and Friday mornings– I miss us. Unfortunately, in the interest of public health and safety, our time apart must continue for the foreseeable future.
In a letter to the diocese last Friday, Bishop Seage announced we are “extending the suspension of face to face, in-person public worship through and including Easter Sunday,April 12. This suspension also extends to all in-person gatherings and meetings of vestries, mission committees, as well as diocesan and local church groups, committees, commissions and the like.” At the Chapel, this suspension includes:
- All worship services
- Parish Weekend
- Sunday School (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd,Youth, and Adult Formation)
- Parents’ Day Out
- AA meetings (if you are interested in an online meeting, please let us know)
- Chapel Grille
- Foyer Groups
- Confirmation Class
- Vestry, Finance, Building, Furnishings, and any other committee meetings
- Friday Morning Men’s Group at M& (Chapel Brotherhood)
- Wednesday Morning Bible Study
- Wednesday Night Supper
- EYC (if you need help connecting with EYC online through Sarah’s Zoom meetings, let us know)
- Choir rehearsal
- All group gatherings at the Chapel, official or not
All of this news breaks my heart, especially not worshiping in person on Easter Day. Celebrating our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection at the Chapel is such a profound privilege and joy, but these protective measures are very much in keeping with Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbor. Our celebrations are certainly not cancelled, merely delayed, and we will soon gather once again to give God thanks and praise. Meanwhile, we are creating ways to virtually worship together through videos, podcasts, and more. Keep an eye on your email, the website’s COVID-19 resource page, and social media for these offerings. If you have technical difficulties, please let us know. If you need help with anything, please call the parish office. Your fellow Chapel members are standing by to assist in any way we can.
And finally, as the Church and disciples of Christ, please pray fervently, for the eradication of this horrible virus, for those who are afraid, those who are ill, and those who care for them. To paraphrase a more recent prophetic work, “High School Musical,” we’re all in this together. And together we will gather again soon, once this odd time is over, as beloved sisters and brothers in Christ at the Chapel of the Cross.
Keep the Faith,