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Sunday, March 22, 2020
These photos were taken shortly before perjuring priest Bob Malm handled several small children in preparation for baptism—no hand sanitizer in sight! And moments later, he conducts Holy Eucharist.
Friday, March 13, 2020
It should come as no surprise, but true to form, Grace Episcopal has bollixed its response to Bishop Goff’s announcement regarding the suspension of church services.
Specifically, in its announcement, the church states that all Sunday worship services at all parishes in the diocese are suspended. As other churches in the area were quick to point out, that is absolutely and categorically untrue.
Here is the church’s announcement:
What the diocese HAS said is that all gatherings for public worship are suspended. That is a huge difference. Indeed, Bishop Goff is quick to point out that God will be worshipped and praised, and is encouraging parishes to offer online services. That is in keeping with what I and other have been pointing our for many years, which is that churches that wish to engage with young people must find young people where they are. That means offering interactive alternatives. Not half-baked alternatives, but joyful, engaging interaction in cyberspace.
This is confirmed in Bishop Goff’s statement, reflected below.
So rather than the usual chaos and misinformation, I believe parish leaders should get their backsides in gear, recognize that there are ways to hold services without physically meeting, borrow a tripod stand and an iPod, and get busy going about the business of the church.
For the record, church services are NOT cancelled across the diocese. Only parishes that cannot get their act together to stream a service will not be worshipping this Sunday. And given the times in which we live, churches and other organizations that survive will be those that move swiftly and respond to the changing times.
So far, Grace Church does not appear to be one of the churches that will survive.
PS Given the demographics of the church, it is stupid to continue with small group meetings. Feel free to quote me. And if you really want to worship God, service at the food pantry or homeless shelter is a good way to start.
Monday, March 9, 2020
Reports indicate that the DC department of health is asking all persons who visited Christ Church Georgetown on February 24, and between February 28 and March 3 self-quarantine for fourteen days following their lost visit to the church. More than 550 persons are known to have visited the church during that time. Timothy Cole, the rector, served communion during one of the services.
Among the restrictions are not attending work/school, not using public transit or ride sharing, and not attending any large or public meetings.
Additional information is available at https://www.christchurchgeorgetown.org/church-closure-and-coronavirus.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
More coverage of the coronavirus outbreak at Christ Church Georgetown. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-timothy-cole-rector-dc-christ-church-georgetown-tests-positive/
BREAKING NEWS: Local Episcopal Church Closes After Exposure to Coronavirus, Victim Said to be Church Rector
DC-area news media report that Christ Church, an Episcopal church in Georgetown, likely was exposed to the new coronavirus. As a result, the DC department of health has recommended that the church suspend services while it investigates for possible public exposure to the virus.
In her Twitter account, church member Carol Ross Joyner states that it is the rector of the church, the Rev. Timothy Cole, who is patient zero for DC. She adds that the church is closed.
Check out coverage on WTOP.com here.