at church of the good shepherd, we desire to join with god in his redemptive mission in the world.
Given that the average number of new infections in Georgia is over twice what it was during the peak of the summer surge and more than seven times what it was during the initial phase of the pandemic last spring, Jesus' command to love our neighbor makes protecting our neighbor's health more important than ever before.
Our bishop (and your clergy) therefore believe our present response to the pandemic is not only an epidemiological matter but a theological one as well. On both accounts, new guidance has now been given: Because Richmond county now falls into the highest category of rates of infection and hospital utilization, worship in an Episcopal Church in our county is to be virtual only. No in-person worship is permitted at this time.
Loving one's neighbor means caring for the spiritual health of one another. In this regard, beginning January 24th, we will be revising our virtual service to be a more fulsome service that will look more closely like our pre-pandemic worship. Please know that there are other ideas in he works that will offer opportunities to participate in (not just watch) worship via Zoom. None of this is a substitute for our "normal" worship, but it is the best we can do while protecting the health of our neighbor.
More information is on our diocesan website https://gaepiscopal.org/covid-19-resources/
We will join God in His redemptive mission in the world. We humbly and prayerfully seek His grace in this journey, which honors Jesus Christ as the center of our communal, familial and individual lives.
We will offer our lives as active partners in God’s mission, remembering that we are people blessed with an amazing array of gifts and abilities to bless others.
We will grow in our discipleship and our willingness to encourage others in their own discipleship of Christ.
We will seek out those who are lost or left out for caring service and to hear Good News of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
We will stand on an Anglican heritage and traditions that guide and shape our common life, ministry and mission.
We will sustain children and young people and their families, and those of every generation, striving together to know, love and serve our Lord Jesus.