March 13, 2020 Christ Church Suspends Worship - A Letter from Father Michael
Dear Christ Church family,
As I write to you this morning, we continue to seek new and innovative ways to respond appropriately to the unprecedented health crisis associated with the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19.)
Please know that the world health experts as well as our national, state, and local governments are doing everything humanly possible to protect all citizens. I want to assure you that I along with our staff, Senior Warden, and vestry have been taking advice from health experts as well as prudent advice from Bishop Susan to help ensure the health and safety of our people. We have also been monitoring how other churches and schools in our diocese have been responding.
Our staff is currently meeting, even as we speak, to make some decisions as to how we might most effectively protect you and all in our community of faith.
Thus, starting immediately—we will suspend all worship gatherings at Christ Church and beginning this Sunday, March 15th, we will be live-streaming Morning Prayer at 10:00 a.m. Please follow this link to resources about how to connect to the live-stream. If you need assistance connecting—please contact us. I know that many of you will deeply miss sharing the Holy Eucharist but out of an abundance of caution we felt it was imperative to make these changes.
The Thrift Shop will be closing effective immediately until further notice and Christ Church Day School is actively working on their plan to support students and families during this crisis. More information will be out shortly.
I am also strongly urging that anyone who is older than 65, who is immunocompromised, has any other underlying health condition, or is feeling the least bit unwell, to remain at home as much as possible.
As we strive to follow all of the most up-to-date advice that we have, we need to ensure that when and wherever we do gather for any reason, we maintain safe social distancing. That means staying at least six foot apart from each other.
I realize that all of this change is frightening and troublesome, and if you would like to contact me to discuss—please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at: (719) 237-8014.
As my good friend, Fr. Richard Lee said: “Even though some of us may be physically separated for a period of time we are all connected by prayer.”
May we covenant to spend more time in prayer for one another, our families and friends, and all in the world who have been compromised by this deadly virus. Let us continue to walk by faith and not by sight. God is with us in this difficult and trying time—and we are more than conquerors through Him who loves.
My continued thoughts and prayers for you and your loved ones.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Michael Tinnon +
Interim Rector, Christ Episcopal Church