Church Building Closed Due to COVID-19

Church Building Closed Due to COVID-19

As you are, I am sure, each aware, the situation with COVID 19 is changing rapidly. Many more cases have been diagnosed in our area and experts believe the numbers will continue to climb. 

While the measures we had planned to put in place for this Sunday (no Cup, no handshakes, people in higher risk groups to stay home) are good and solid practices, it has become clear to me, and to the vestry, that, to be completely safe, the best practice is to suspend all services for this Sunday and to close the church building. 

Some of our fellow churches (St. David’s Radnor, Mother Bethel, St. Martin in the Fields) are doing this. Several Dioceses have suspended all services in each of their churches, and I suspect more will do so in the coming days.

As I said in my previous message, the vestry, Sarah, and I did not reach this decision out of fear, but out of love. Our deepest responsibility is to each other, to love and care for each other, with a special care for the most vulnerable. In this situation, the best way to do that is to refrain from gathering in person. 

I know this is hard for many of us, it breaks my heart to think of St. Peter’s not filled with people on a Sunday morning, to know that we will not all be together. Yet this is something we must do for the good of the body. Sarah and I will be holding a live-streamed service each Sunday at 11 am – click here at 11 a.m. to view the service. The staff and I are also working to find ways to stay connected with each other. Possibilities include additional live streamed services, phone groups/trees, and online book studies. We will be putting resources together early next week and will send out an announcement. 

We will be closely monitoring the situation and will make decisions about services on a weekly basis. However, given the trajectory of this virus, I suspect we will be closed to public worship through March. 

Know that Sarah and I are praying for you, holding each of you in our hearts as we weather this storm together. And we look forward to that day in the near future when we can join together to pray, sing, and celebrate together.

Peace

Claire+

The Vestry of St. Peter’s: Jen Childs, Jared Cram, Nora Adelmann, Cordelia Biddle, Lisa DiCicco, Peggy Hatch, Sharon Haynie, Jay Newlin, Christy Santos, Marjory Spraycar, Anthony Weber, Mike Zullo

 

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The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field

The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field is the rector of St. Peter's Church.

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