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To my brothers and sisters in Christ and fellow members of Trinity Church,
The Vestry and I met (virtually through Zoom) on May 4th to have our regular Vestry meeting. A major discussion point was the bishop’s letter allowing for churches in the Diocese of Kansas to consider opening on May 24th in accordance with state and local guidelines and additional guidelines provided by the diocesan office. After carefully considering what would be necessary to safely conduct worship, even with a small fraction of participants in the building, the Vestry and I agreed that we were unable to move forward with opening the church on that date. These concerns included being unable to provide safe restrooms, a safe nursery for our youngest members, and adequate cleaning of the church after each service. We would also be foregoing vocal music, fellowship after the service, and the Eucharist. With that in mind, we decided to continue online services and revisit the question on the first week of June.
In the meantime, we will be doing the following in the month of May:
Continue to provide connection and community through Sunday and weekday livestreaming worship, and our children’s ministry programs
Institute adult education opportunities, likely via Zoom meetings
Continue to engage in outreach in the Lawrence area in a safe manner
Seek to reconnect with parishioners who have not been able to engage with us under these current circumstances
Improve and enrich online content, including adding more interactive elements to worship
Strategize on our eventual re-opening, including carefully following public health guidelines
Pray without ceasing
And finally, constantly be in communication with you, our Trinity family. Many of you wrote to me last week sharing your own thoughts regarding re-opening, thoughts I passed onto our Vestry who were very glad to receive them. Please continue to share with us your experiences, concerns, and ideas. In addition, if you have questions, I am always glad to try to answer them.
In the meantime, I remain,
Yours in Christ,
The Very Rev. Rob Baldwin
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church
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