|Subject: An Update from Bishop Love on Reopening Churches In Response to Governor Cuomo’s Recent Announcement|
|From: "Rev. John Thompson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date: 5/21/20, 7:25 PM|
|To: "Rev. John Thompson" <email@example.com>|
Dear members and friends of St. John in the Wilderness,
Below is a letter from Bishop of the Diocese of Albany William Love "On Reopening Churches In Response to Governor Cuomo’s Recent Announcement."
a) It is not yet clear when SJITW can or should reopen from the letter. Members of the vestry and I will be working on reopening protocol.
b) The Hudson Valley Deanery Clergy (of which I am Dean) met by Zoom with Bishop Love on Tuesday "to talk about how best to move forward in reopening our church buildings for worship services."
From the below letter: "There are still safety procedures that need to be put in place before we resume public worship services in our Church buildings. As I explained to all of those attending the Deanery Meetings on Monday and Tuesday, I will be issuing basic guidelines that each parish will need to follow in order to provide as safe an environment as possible, for all our parishioners and guests when they come to Church."
c) "I will try to have the guidelines out to all the clergy by this coming Monday (May 25th)."
d) "No parish may reopen before they have received the Diocesan Guidelines and acknowledged that they will abide by them."
e) From the Bishop's previous letter: "If the clergy and vestry in any given parish believe the circumstances in their particular congregation require more stringent guidelines, they may add to the Diocesan Guidelines, but NOT subtract from them."
The Very Rev. John P. Thompson
Church of St. John in the Wilderness (Episcopal)
P.O. Box 180
Copake Falls, NY 12517
Truth and love must prevail over lies and hate