I write to let you know that the Michigan Bishops and appropriate Standing Committees have decided that the Episcopal congregations and communities of faith in our state may now enter Phase II of our Plan for Re-Entry for Great Lakes Episcopalians. Our congregational buildings and facilities may be open as of Monday, June 29, 2020.
There are several updates to our plan for Re-Entry including the ability to offer communion under special, prescribed circumstances, thus I invite you to “Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest” the revised plan in its entirety.
The section beginning on page 5 of the Revised Plan will offer you an overview of all that is involved and required of each faith community to enter Phase II. Before you offer your first in-person worship service, please submit a plan for your re-opening for review and archiving to Canon Jo Ann Hardy at Jhardy@edomi.org.
If your congregational leadership decides that it is best to delay in-person worship services until we enter Phase III of our Re-Entry plan, I completely support that decision.
So much has happened in our country and in our world in these last three months, and yet the truth of our lives remains, God, in the person of Jesus Christ is with us and remains with us always. And so we go forward into this new world, this new opportunity to re-create and reform our communities of faith, knowing that in spite of it all we are not and never have been alone.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
The maker of heaven and earth,
from this time forth,
and forever more.
In Christ’s Holy Name,
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry
11th Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan