Newsletter: Sunday, June 21, 2020
June 17, 2020, 6:45 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church 

 

FROM FR. RAY+

As of now we are looking at reopening our building for worship on Sunday, July 5.  While we are hopeful about that date, we will be monitoring Covid-19 infections and could end up changing the date if there is a dramatic increase in infections in Phillips County.  We are aware that risk is involved in practically everything we do. The concern related to reopening our building is whether the level of risk is acceptable.  At this time the vestry and I believe we can safely reopen.  Of course, things will be different from what we are used to. We will be following physical distancing recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.  Fortunately, that is quite easy to do in our large worship space. Per their instructions, we will also be wearing facemasks.  If you do not have one, they will be available at the door as you enter.  As of today, Bishop Benfield has not issued guidance on the receiving of Holy Communion, but he has stated that he will be developing guidelines for it in the near future.

While there are things that will be different when we reopen, there are other things that will be much the same.  Our musicians, Gabe and Dagmar, will be providing beautiful and uplifting music.  Each week’s scripture lessons will be read by our dedicated readers.  We have worked hard to provide a quality video recording of services these past three months. While that has been a good thing, it was never intended to be a permanent substitute for those who are physically able to attend worship in person.

Feedback received about the survey sent out last week is that some folks were unable to fill it in or return it. Marjie and I will be taking another look at it to see if there is a way we can fix that problem.  In the meantime, you are welcome to call the church office to let us know your thoughts on reopening.

I will keep you informed as we move forward with our plans to reopen.  As I’ve often stated, we are reopening our building.  Our church is our people and as such has never been closed!

Blessings,

Fr. Ray+