Bishop Jennifer announced today that in-person worship will be suspended and diocesan events will be canceled or postponed until further notice.
Her announcement follows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s March 17 request that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended.
“As public health guidelines about slowing the spread of COVID-19 have changed, it has become clear that we must strengthen the precautions we have in place,” she said. “We all need to do our part to slow the spread of the disease so that our hospitals and medical systems do not become overwhelmed. Our Holy Week observances and Easter celebrations will need to be different this year out of love for the people in our communities who are depending on us to ‘flatten the curve‘.”
Among the diocesan events that have been canceled or postponed are the clergy conference that was a to have taken place this week and has been postponed until October 12-14, and the Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Vows service scheduled for April 8, which has been canceled. Organizers of the Civil Rights pilgrimage scheduled for March 21-24 have notified participants that it has been postponed.
A collaborative effort to bring Palm Sunday and Holy Week services including the Easter vigil to our diocese is in the very early planning stage. Watch future newsletters for more information.