STILL More on Opening Church

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting in on a Zoom meeting (my gawd, I’m almost tired of this technology!) with our Bishop and the Assistant to the Bishop along with some colleagues, and we were kind of bantering back and forth about where everyone’s hearts and heads are right now. We were also passing around ideas about staging various re-openings, knowing that we’re likely to have a ebbs and flows – now relaxing our restrictions, now tightening them again. Someone had the idea to use a color-coded system to make it easier for folks to know which restrictions are currently in place and which have been scaled back for the moment. I like this idea and will bring it to our planning group, currently known as “The Clean Team.” Maybe we can put the thing together in order to simplify what I spelled out in my earlier letter.

Another thing that came up: Pr. Liz shared a resource that seems like it might be worthy of our consideration. It’s called RSVPify, and it’s a seating chart maker that we could use to pre-arrange seating in the sanctuary. Click on the link and see what you think. Be sure to let us know in the comments or by calling the church office.

As you can see, we’re not goofing around all day, but instead are trying to find the level of risk that WE are willing to accept. What YOU decide to accept beyond that is another question, but we’re trying to take all of this into account.

Thanks again for your patience. The grumbling has been minimal, which is not something that I’m hearing from all of my colleagues across the denominations and various parts of the country. I will say, as an aside, that one of my colleagues mentioned a church leader in Uganda that he spoke to recently being aghast that anyone is even considering opening churches to in-person worship yet. I found that interesting.

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