A Message from the Rector: August 21

Dear People of St Luke’s,
For months we have been wondering when are we going to gather together again? It looked like there was no light in view. Your Vestry prepared a plan for a safe reopening, and this week we got two good news: our plan is accepted, with a couple of modifications, and the Diocese gave its OK for the churches in Yavapai County to enter into Phase II.
What does that mean for us?
● We can hold outside service for a maximum of 50 persons, wearing masks and keeping social distance.
● As soon as we are ready, we can have services in our building: 15 persons in the Chapel, 50 persons in the church, 50 persons in the Parish Hall.
When will that happen:
Before reopening the church, we need to have a first deep cleaning. We could not do it before knowing if or when we would be able to enter Phase II. Bishop Reddall will hold an online Diocesan service on September 6, so pending the approval of the Vestry, I think we could safely offer in-person services on the second weekend of September (if everything falls into place. NO GUARANTEES!)
Entering Phase II is by no means a return to life as usual. There will be lots of restrictions for keeping everybody safe. We will soon publish our Plan for In-Person Worship During Phase II, please take the time to read it. There are rules that will apply to everyone at all times: wearing a mask is mandatory; seating is limited and we will use a booking system.
We will continue to offer an online service for those who don’t feel comfortable coming back to church at this point.
Classes will continue to be offered on Zoom. Meetings for groups of more than 10 persons will only be available online. Small group meetings with less than 10 people will be allowed only if a physical space and calendar space is available. Groups will need Rector’s authorization.
This is not perfect, but this is a step in the right direction. I’m already rejoicing in the prospect of seeing you in the church very soon.
Meanwhile, the staff will work hard to be ready and to offer you a great and smooth worship experience.
I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers,
In Christ’s love,