Covid transmission rates are once again on the rise in Worcester. In response, as leaders of the congregation, we are tasked with responding in a way that loves and cares for the least among us and fulfills our Christian duty to love God by loving and serving our neighbors. To avoid mask mandates or suspension of in-person activities, but to respond seriously to the ongoing reality of Covid, we invite all participants in the ministry of Trinity Church to take personal responsibility for the well-being of themselves and others and to reflect on their Christian responsibility to love and serve their neighbors. Here are specific steps you can take to love and serve your neighbors during the Covid endemic:
Get vaccinated – Vaccines and boosters ARE effective is preventing hospitalization and death. Stay current with latest recommendations regarding booster shots. Staying out of the hospital allows our health care workers to tend to all the other health needs besides Covid.
Wear a mask indoors in public places – We encourage you to wear N-95 masks and discontinue using cloth masks. The science has shown higher quality masks decrease rates of infection. Love your neighbor by wearing a mask for their sake.
Stay home when exhibiting symptoms or after a known exposure – Use common sense to avoid spreading the infection to others.
Participate in worship online. Trinity’s TV Ministry continues to provide an exceptional presentation of the Sunday 10:00 a.m. Eucharist. You can join the livestream at: Vimeo.com/trinityworcester. Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Eucharist is also presented online on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tlcworcester. Utilize these resources if you have symptoms or have had known or likely exposure to Covid.
Spread Out – Trinity is blessed with a large Nave with lots of space. Please spread out through the entire Nave and keep distance between you and others. During these warmer months we will have windows open to allow for plenty of airflow. We will not use fans so that we are not blowing air from one person to another. Remember, Christ Chapel has air conditioning. On hot summer Sundays consider coming to the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist.
- Meet online or outside – Consider using Zoom for all small group meetings or meet outside on the Golder Room patio. New patio furniture was purchased during the pandemic so that the patio can be used as an outdoor meeting space.
Thanks in advance for loving and serving your neighbors and for caring for one another in these ways. Your cooperation will help ensure we can continue offering worship and other ministry programming vital for our emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
The Rev. Nathan D. Pipho, Pastor
Karen Couturier, Congregation President