Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ
With the reopening orders coming out soon from Governor Tom Wolf, I am calling on our leaders, both clergy and lay, to follow carefully the mandates that are suggested.
Some counties will be opening commerce and gathering sites sooner than others. Since our districts cover several counties their reopening orders from the governor may be mixed. Follow your county’s directives. There will not be one-size-fits-all orders for all churches in our districts.
Also, be aware that there are three levels of reopening: Red, Yellow and Green. Each is specific to the number of people allowed in a gathering, etc. Please read carefully the attachment document, and take note of which level of reopening you are being allowed to follow. Please do as the announcement directs.
Most importantly, have conversations with your congregation about these directives. Depending upon your congregation’s circumstances, you may feel it is still wise to remain closed for a longer time. Only you know the circumstances of your congregation and members’ ages and health risks. You need to prayerfully discern what is best for your people at this time.
Finally, if you have been conducting worship and ministries online, when you do open again for public worship, please continue to offer your wonderful online presence to the world that is your parish. We can never go back to the days of in-person, onsite worship only.
So many of you are reporting about new people you have reached because of your livestreaming, recorded and Zoom video-conference services. This should become our “new normal” and a marvelous gift of evangelism for our churches and communities.
May God continue to bless and broaden your ministries in the weeks and months to come.
Bishop Johnson is currently attending the Council of Bishops Spring Meeting online via Zoom video-conferencing. You can v
iew the bishops’
Friday session, which began at 9 AM, on the
Click on the livestream link. See the story below about Wednesday’s online session.