Do No Harm.
In response to the rising cases of COVID 19 in Missouri, our Bishop, Robert Farr, has sent an important letter that i would like to share a portion of with you:
As we live into our first General Rule of doing no harm, I strongly encourage that in-person worship services be suspended until further notice for congregations located in counties with a critical status related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I fully recognize that this means worshipping physically apart from one another during the Thanksgiving and Advent seasons. I believe this is the most responsible action at this time to preserve the health and wellbeing of our laity, clergy and neighbors.
Friends, Greene County is one of those places. We are at a critical time. Our health department and hospitals have described us as being at a dangerous point. The past seven days have seen over 1000 positive cases of Covid 19.
The Downtown Church will suspend in person worship and any gatherings in the church effective immediately. Our office hours will continue and I am available to meet with you masking and socially distancing. You are always welcome to spend time in our sanctuary, individually or as a family. Our online worship continues and we are already planning a special Christmas Eve as we welcome the birth of Jesus Christ.
Like you, I am disappointed, yet our church has the opportunity and responsibility to “do no harm” and to do our part to help mitigate the spread of this deadly virus. Please let me hear from you if you have any questions or comments.
In this together,