Over the summer, the board and Rev. Jo have been working carefully and closely to plan for the fall. After much reflection, research, and listening, we’ve crafted the following plan for the fall at All Souls:
That All Souls' Sunday morning services remain online-only through December 2020. We want to make sure no one is pressured to jeopardize their health to participate in Sunday services, or misses out.
That we help members and friends who want to meet in person gather as safely as possible
We’ll launch Chalice Circles/Small Group Ministries in the fall, in which people can select whether they're looking for a group to meet in person or online. Groups that wish to meet in person may do so in the parish hall (with some guidelines), in public spaces like parks, or at people's homes.
We will organize at least one experimental outdoor service/gathering in September or October, for a time other than Sunday morning. We'll learn from that and see if there's energy to have additional outdoor/distanced programming.
That the board checks in at its monthly meetings to reassess as we go and as the situation(s) change. We'd allow some lead time to prep our plans and the physical space once we decide to resume in person services.
We hope this will help us maintain and strengthen our connections to one another, as well as keeping us and our neighbors safe.