A Message from Our Bishop Kym Lucas, Chief Pastor, Priest and Teacher 

October 29, 2021

As much as I would like this pandemic to be over, it is not. Recently, there has been an alarming increase in infections and hospitalizations due to the Delta Variant of the Coronavirus, especially among the unvaccinated. Over two-thirds of all hospitalized are unvaccinated and our ICU wards are approaching 90% occupancy here in Colorado. While we strongly encourage that everyone eligible to receive a vaccine, get vaccinated, we cannot presume to know the vaccination status of everyone who enters our doors. We do know, however, that there are younger children and others who for various reasons cannot receive the vaccine. Even with the news of vaccine eligibility for those 5 years and older, our littlest members will still be vulnerable.
While this is not the news any of us wanted, it is in these moments that we are called to live out our faith and the great commandment to love God and love our neighbor. In that light, in consultation with Canon Carl, I am updating our August recommendations.
  • Gathering: Outdoors strongly preferred. Indoor gatherings should be distanced, with limited occupancy, and everyone wearing masks over the mouth and nose.
  • Social distancing: Maintain reasonable distance before, during, and after worship, especially indoors; six feet distancing is preferred, with minimal physical contact.
  • Masks: Everyone is asked to be masked indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Preachers and readers may unmask when speaking. Congregations with inter-generational gatherings are strongly urged to gather outdoors, if possible.
  • Eucharist: Celebrants will wear masks for the praying of the Eucharistic Prayer; Communion in one kind is encouraged and we will continue to forego the common cup for the foreseeable future.
  • Hand sanitizer: This should be applied multiple times throughout the service.
  • Singing: Choirs, with members vaccinated, at 10′ distance from the congregation can sing without masks. Choir masks have proven to be most effective. Congregational singing should be limited and always masked.
  • Fellowship: Minimal food, coffee, with appropriate COVID handling of food. Individually wrapped or gloves for those distributing food is preferred.
  • Children/Youth: The expectation is that any person, volunteer, or employee working with children/youth will be fully vaccinated. If children/youth are present, masks should always be worn (regardless of vaccination status). All protocols followed: hand sanitizer, distancing, outdoors as possible.
  • Diocesan Children/Youth Events: Fully vaccinated adults are to transport children/youth. Masks must be worn inside by all attendees including children/youth. For all attendees, proof of vaccination must be turned in no later than 1 week before the event. For attendees who cannot be vaccinated, a negative COVID test must be taken no more than 48 hours before the event and should be submitted to the event organizer no later than 8 hours before the start of the event. Failure to do any of the above results in being turned away.
  • Hospital & Pastoral Visits: Everyone is asked to be masked indoors, and limit visits to less than 30 minutes when possible.
My goal is, and has always been, to care for those who are vulnerable and for us to do our part to end hospitalizations and deaths. We have lost over 8000 people in Colorado to COVID-related illnesses. As we learn more about research, vaccination, and variants, I will work with Canon Carl to monitor our state. Any recommendations will maintain a measured approach until this pandemic is behind us. At a minimum, we will continue to follow any CDC directives/guidance to combat this pandemic.
Please encourage all those eligible in your community to get vaccinated and encourage those who are eligible to get the booster. In the meantime, know that I am grateful for the efforts of all of you who continue to safely adapt to our ever-changing environment. I appreciate how each congregation is finding new and creative ways to be inclusive while tending to the various needs and safety of our people, whether gathered in-person and/or online.
Faithfully,
+Kym

VAIL INTERFAITH CHAPEL  8:00 am

  • Masks are required while indoors. Preachers and readers may unmask when speaking.
  • Please arrive 5-20 minutes prior to service start time to allow for social distancing (6 feet apart) at entrance, and enter at the main front doors.
  • Each person or family may enter with a six-foot distance between parishioners in line.
  • Check in at the table at the entrance and pick up your bulletin.
  • If you are with a family member or members, you may sit together but it is recommended that there is a minimum  of 6 feet between others in the designated seats.
  • If you are alone, it is recommended to sit a minimum 6 foot distance away from others in a designated seat.
  • Please keep your bulletin, take it with you at the end of the service. and do not leave it in the pews or give it to any non-family member.
  • Exit through the side door on the north side (North Chapel) near the parking lot.

EDWARDS INTERFAITH CHAPEL  10:00 am

  • Masks are required while indoors. Preachers and readers may unmask when speaking.
  • Please arrive 5-20 minutes prior to service start time to allow for social distancing (6 feet apart) at entrance, and enter at the main front doors.
  • Each person or family may enter with a six-foot distance between parishioners in line.
  • Check in at the table at the entrance and pick up your bulletin.
  • If you are with a family member or members, you may sit together but it is recommended that there is a minimum  of 6 feet between others in the designated seats.
  • If you are alone, it is recommended that you sit a minimum 6 foot distance away from others in a designated seat.
  • Please keep your bulletin, take it with you at the end of the service. and do not leave it in the pews or give it to any non-family member.
  • Exit through the fire doors on each side of the Great Room.

DO NOT COME IF:

All clergy, staff, sacristans, members, and visitors are instructed to stay home and get tested if you are experiencing:
ONE of the following symptoms:
  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste/smell
TWO or More of the following symptoms:
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • chills
  • body aches
  • diarrhea or vomiting

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