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Bishop reiterates indoor activity guidelines through Palm Sunday

On Jan. 5 Bishop Cathleen Bascom reiterated guidelines regarding indoor activities and worship that she had earlier provided in a Dec. 7 letter to the diocese.

Through Palm Sunday, March 28,  indoor worship and activities will be governed by the level of virus spread in each county within the diocese, as tracked on a spreadsheet posted every Wednesday afternoon by diocesan staff.

Using metrics approved by medical advisors to the bishop, churches in counties marked yellow may meet indoors. In counties marked orange, churches can conduct indoor in-person worship and other events, but clergy and lay leaders must confer on the decision. In counties marked red, churches must suspend all indoor activities for at least two weeks or until the county returns to orange status.

She also provided a sample for “special rules” for churches that want to conduct their required Annual Meeting online or as an online/in-person hybrid. All Kansas churches must have an Annual Meeting during January.

Ths bishop’s letter is available as a PDF, along with the proposed special rules for an online Annual Meeting.

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