St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church
Post Office Box 14
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

May 17, 2021

Dear Friends,

Peace be with you.  Last week, the CDC issued new guidance related to best practices during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  On Friday, Governor Cooper altered the Executive Orders related to  in the State of North Carolina.  These testify to the changing reality and positive trends as we head toward summer and a new season in our common life.

There is still a deep need to care for one another and offer signs of grace to each other as the whole family of God.  Many in our community are immune-compromised and still at great risk of contracting and experiencing complications from COVID-19.  Many in our midst, including our beloved children and grandchildren, are not yet able to receive vaccination.  

With this in mind, masks continue to be required for indoor services at St. Mary of the Hills.

As we adapt to these new developments, there are two significant changes we are making at St. Mary of the Hills in the days ahead - 

  • Registration is no longer required for any service of worship.  
  • Seating will no longer be marked in the Church for services of worship.  Please continue to sit with members of your own household and maintain three feet of distance between households while seated in the pews.

I continue to be grateful for and inspired by the way that we have lived together through this pandemic, showing one another love and grace at every turn.  May we continue to exercise such Christ-like mercy for each other in the days ahead.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  It is, as ever, a joy to be your Rector.