December 31, 2021
To the Parish at St. Peter’s Ellicott City:
It was only a week ago I was expressing my hope for comfort and joy for us all in this upcoming Christmas season. Unfortunately, I have to write a different sort of letter concerning our shared life and ministry together.
As we are in the midst of a significant surge of new COVID-19 cases in our state and county, we have to make some adjustments. I am communicating changes we are making to mitigate risk as you consider your own decisions and comfort level concerning gathering for worship.
I know several neighboring churches have made the decision to move fully virtual for the coming weeks, and I support their decisions to do what is best for their communities. At this time, after conferring with our wardens, I have decided to still offer in person worship with the following guidelines:
- Continued universal masking,
- No congregational singing, with hymns/music being sung by our masked choir
- Spoken mass
- No coffee hour
- Virtual Sunday school and adult formation through zoom, resuming Jan 9th.
As always, we continue to live stream all of our services, beginning with Holy Name tomorrow evening at 7pm. Our full worship schedule is online at www.stpetersec.org/events, complete with embedded video and links to bulletins.
We are still awaiting any additional guidance from the diocese and will be re-evaluating as we learn more in the coming days.
As always, please make the decision you feel is best for your health and the health of others. Please do not attend if you are symptomatic or awaiting test results. If you or anyone in your household is unvaccinated, please prayerfully consider any steps which may put that person at risk. And, please consider getting a vaccine and/or booster if you’re eligible. I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to be vaccinated and boosted, knowing I’m more protected against severe illness and am helping reduce potential for spread.
My prayers for you continue, and perhaps we need to lean even more into our need for comfort and joy from God in this time.
The Rev. Derek H. Miller