A Message from Fr. Doug
Regarding Pandemic Protocols
August 18, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the course of just the past few weeks, we have witnessed a significant increase in COVID-19 infection rates as well as a corresponding rise in hospitalizations. The number of COVID-19 patients at Jupiter Medical Center has risen nearly 300% in less than one month. In addition, since the reopening of public schools, the number of children being infected is beginning to increase and local hospitals are seeing a rise in the number of COVID-19 pediatric patients. 

As a result of these alarming developments in our community, the following changes are being made to our safety protocols and procedures: 

  • Effectively immediately, the wearing of a face covering will be required while inside any of our campus buildings. 

  • The church staff will be allowed to work remotely as needed to ensure the health and safety of our employees.

  • All Christian Education and Formation activities have been postponed until after Labor Day, which includes Youth Group, Sunday School, Wednesday Bible Study, and School Chapel Services. 

It is our fervent hope that these changes will be temporary. However, these protocols will be in place until such time as the community spread of COVID-19 decreases, as will be evidenced by the steady decline of infection rates and hospitalizations. We know that these additional restrictions will be a source of frustration to some, but it our Christian duty and responsibility to do all in our power to safeguard our members, especially the most vulnerable among us. Please continue to pray for all who are impacted by the ongoing pandemic – for the sick and dying; for doctors, nurses, and first responders; for teachers and students; and for those who are working to provide hope and extend grace in this time of need. 

May God bless you always! 

In Christ,

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School
The Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Scharf, Rector