A Message From Fr. Neil
August 20th, 2021
COVID CANCELLATIONS: Due to the rising numbers in COVID-Delta variant, the following changes have been made at Holy Trinity for the month of August, as recommended by Bishop Benfield:
· Masks required indoors
· Social distancing reinstated
· Social events cancelled: Coffee Hour, Care Group gatherings, Golf Scramble dinners, and other indoor large-group events.
A Message From Fr. Neil
August 6th, 2021
Refining our procedures
This week, the question remains the same with regard to the COVID-Delta variant. What will this mean for us at Holy Trinity?
For the month of August, it means:
- wearing a mask in worship is required,
- resuming the practice of social distancing, and
- canceling large, indoor social gatherings such as Coffee Hour, Care Group gatherings, and Golf Scramble dinners.
We will continue to offer in-person worship and Holy Communion. Instructions on receiving Communion will be given following the announcements at each service.
Our goal is to be responsible and respectful of one another, to keep the doors open and to keep moving forward. As we approach the end of the month, we will reevaluate our situation.
Stay safe. Have a good weekend. See you in Church.
A Message From Fr. Neil
July 30, 2021
Where have I heard this before?... Please be on your guard against the COVID-19 Delta variant!
What will this mean for us at Holy Trinity? For now, it means wearing a mask in worship and social gatherings and resuming the practice of social distancing. We will continue to offer Holy Communion, adapting to our circumstances. Instructions on receiving Communion will be given following the announcements at each service.
Stay safe. Have a good weekend. See you on Saturday/Sunday.
A Message From Bishop Benfield July 22, 2021
New Masking Recommendation
In their latest forecast report, released Tuesday, July 20, researchers with the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health of the UAMS health system stated that “the Covid-19 pandemic in Arkansas radically changed in the last two weeks. … Our research suggests Arkansas is at the beginning of an exponential surge, which, in the long-term, may exceed the December/January surge in terms of cases and hospitalizations. … We strongly recommend continued mask wearing in public places and continued physical distancing — even for those who are vaccinated.”
In light of this report, my recommendation is that everyone mask during worship services in our churches. Otherwise, continue to worship as usual, including receiving Holy Communion and singing. When having events or classes in which children are present, everyone should be masked. Given your local circumstances, you can decide whether masking during committee meetings, etc., is appropriate. Keep doors and windows open as much as possible.
A Message From Fr. Neil July 22, 2021
The dramatic rise we are experiencing in Arkansas from the Delta Variant of Covid brings us once again to deciding how we will respond as a worshipping community in the Village. In recent days I participated in a Zoom session with Bishop Benfield and other clergy of our diocese, and most recently discussed our response with our vestry.
The good news is that we live in a community and worship at a church where a high percentage of people are vaccinated. And yet, many who are vaccinated may have other health issues that still expose them to infection. For this reason, we need to be concerned for each other’s wellbeing, and not be careless in our behavior.
Here is our action plan as we move forward.
1. Mask wearing
Those administering Holy Communion - the priest, deacon, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers – will each wear a mask.
When members of the Community of Hope offer healing prayers and anointing with oil on the second Sunday of the month, the person praying, and anointing will wear a mask.
When I greet people following the service at the back of the church, I will wear a mask.
Mask wearing will be optional for members of the congregation. However, many of us have chronic health issues that may make us vulnerable. Therefore, we encourage you to wear a mask for your own benefit and the benefit of others.
2. Wine at Holy Communion
We ask you to use your best judgment when offered the wine at Communion. You may drink, intinct, or allow the cup to pass by.
3. The Peace
We ask that you not to shake hands at the Peace. And when gathering during coffee hour following the 10:30 a.m. service, we ask that you be cautious about how close you gather when greeting and speaking with one another.
4. Going forth
Finally, when you venture out to shop or dine, we encourage you to wear a mask for your own protection. As always, the health of you, our parishioners, is our primary concern.