March 1, 2021

Dear saints,

I write to you now almost a year to the day since Covid-19 upended our lives in ways large and small. So much has changed over the past year, yet a great deal at the core of who we are as a church has remained steadfast. We have worshipped, prayed, and formed community online. We have welcomed new members to All Saints’ and cared for those we already called fellow parishioners. We have gone out to serve the city and we have learned about that city in new and enlightening ways. And we have shared our many and varied stories of life as it has been through this pandemic.

The experiences I have cherished most this past year have been the opportunities I have had to see you in person, which is why I am delighted to be able to share that it is our plan to resume in-person outdoor worship starting this coming Holy Week, in about a month’s time. While it is possible for the public health situation to change, our hope is that we will be able to enjoy in-person outdoor activities through the spring and beyond. We are planning for multiple worship services on Sundays as well as a number of youth ministry and other ministry activities offered on the block, giving us all an opportunity to see one another at All Saints’ again. Details of all of this, especially service times and how to register for Holy Week and Easter Day services will be forthcoming.

As we look to the year beyond the spring, I hope as I am sure you do too, that the roll-out of the vaccine for Covid-19 will eventually enable us to gather once more inside our beautiful church building and in our other indoor spaces. At present, the Diocese of Atlanta has not determined what the protocols will be for churches to get to that point, and I will share that with you when we learn more in the coming weeks.

All in all, I do believe that hope is on the horizon. Much has been said and written about what we might learn from this global health crisis. My own desire for the world is that we will learn to be more open and curious to how God is prompting us to live our lives a little more kindly, generously, and compassionately. At the same time, I hope that many things will remain the same about All Saints’, a joyful, life-giving community that fills me with wonder for the capacity of human beings to be a force for good in the world. Thank you for all that makes this parish such a wonderful place for my family and I to call our church home. 

Keep the faith, and may the Lord God bless you and keep you, now and always.
The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring