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Beloved siblings in Christ, What a week its been around here! As we opened our doors for small group meetings for the first time in a year, we have discovered hitches in our carefully considered plans, and adapted to ensure the safety of everyone present. But how wonderful to see (half) the faces of so many of you. It feels as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
With the relaxation of our Covid policies, guided by the CDC, we are now diligently working on plans for Vacation Bible School (watch for details soon!), next fall's Christian formation offerings, and our eventual in-person inside services. One of the suggestions we've heard often is that we should take reservations for services so we can open for in-person services sooner, and we want to explain why that is not a step we are prepared to take.
If we were to take reservations, we would essentially be cutting off the parishioners without easy access to the internet, or without reliable phone service. We would be giving preference to those with the most flexible schedules who could call or click online at the best time to get a spot. We would be presenting additional challenges to folks who have only just got the hang of using Facebook to watch the services. We don't want to turn anyone away at the door, and we don't want to play "Church lottery." The theology behind taking reservations is exclusionary. And we are an inclusive community. So, we will wait until we can welcome everyone in a way that is safe and equitable for everyone. As we reach the final stretch of Lent, we begin to turn our attention (at least for planning purposes!) to Easter. Find out all about Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter schedules here. We are excited that we'll have the opportunity to see many of you in person, outside, on Easter! While there still won't be congregational singing, we are looking forward to the Sunrise Vigil at 6:30am, and Liturgy on the Lot with a brass quartet at 3:00pm. It feels like a slice of normalcy. Don't forget to bring your own chair and wear a mask for outside services!
Remember the building may be (mostly) closed, but the church is certainly open.
The clergy and staff of Trinity Episcopal Church +