Concerning the COVID-19 and Church Closure
From the Rector...
To the Beloved Members of the Mutual Ministry,
In these uncertain times each of us has a responsibility to not only look out for our own well-being, but also the well-being of our neighbor. Over the course of the last few weeks and days we have seen the growth of COVID-19 in many communities throughout California and the United States. This has caused the Church to consider measures to protect the well being of our community.
Through the consultation of the Executive Committee of the Vestry and as your Rector, we have decided to temporarily close Christ Episcopal Church in Redondo Beach and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Torrance for two weeks reopening to limited operation Thursday, March 26th, unless otherwise stated. This means that Episcopal work, meetings, events and/or worship will not take place on our campuses during this time.
Staff and clergy will be available by telephone should there be a need for emergent pastoral care. So too, Loaves and Fishes will continue its important work of feeding those in need, but will do so in a “meal to-go” format, with limited volunteer participation. To the benefit of Holy worship, we will offer opportunities through digital engagement as we join The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry this Sunday at 8:00 am (PST) for a service of Holy Eucharist from the Washington National Cathedral.
Much behind our decision to close the Church is relative to the size of our Church and the closeness experienced through participation in regular worship, meetings and events. We also feel that our particular demographic represents what the CDC would refer to as a “high risk population”. Consequently, we are taking these important and necessary steps to be proactive following others in our diocese and through the permission of Bishop John Taylor.
I thank you in advance for your consideration, prayer and support in this difficult time. It is not an easy decision to close our Parish for any reason, but we believe this to be the best decision to protect the most vulnerable among us.
In the words of the Episcopal Bishops of Michigan, “As People of God, it is our moral and civic and spiritual obligation to care for one another, by taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of this virus and continue to serve our communities with generosity, hope and joy.” Please join me in this effort by assisting in the modeling of this behavior.
May God Bless you all!
Fr. Nick Griffith
Holy Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
Sunday March 25th at 8:00 am (PST)
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