Current Guidelines from Bishop Bascom
Updated August 4, 2021
In light of the increase in COVID-19 cases across Kansas, on August 4, Bishop Bascom announced a new requirement: all people over two years of age – vaccinated and unvaccinated alike – must wear masks for all indoor worship and gatherings in Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Kansas beginning no later than Sunday, August 15, and continuing through October 1, 2021. At that time the mask policy will be reviewed, in consideration of COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates. Decisions about daily mask use in church offices is at the discretion of local leadership.
The move to universal masking is currently the only diocesan policy change. These three requirements from the Bishop’s May 20 guidance remain in effect:
- As you are able, allow space for socially distanced seating for those who choose.
- Communion may be distributed in the form of consecrated bread only; for now, the common cup (drinking and intinction) remains prohibited. We will continue to watch for new developments about the safety of the common cup.
- Registration, sign-ups or attendance records must continue to be used and records kept for one month.
Clergy may look for new recommendations regarding communion and safe approaches to fellowship and food from our office soon.
The weekly online diocesan spreadsheet of Covid-related statistics, which has been kept county-by-county since November, will continue to be updated and monitored by diocesan staff.
Bishop Bascom’s Letters Regarding COVID
New COVID guidance from Bishop Bascom – May 20, 2021
Bishop says masks are not required for vaccinated people – May 14, 2021
Bishop Bascom offers some relaxed COVID guidelines – May 6, 2021
Bishop reiterates COVID guidance; expands some parish options – March 12, 2021
Bishop reiterates indoor activity guidelines through Palm Sunday – January 5, 2021
Bishop continues indoor worship moratorium with one Christmas exception – December 7, 2020
Bishop Suspends all in-person worship until Dec. 13 – November 12, 2020
Bishop announces guidelines to re-open churches – May 2, 2020
Financial and legal matters for parishes during COVID – April 4, 2020
Living as Sacramental, Eucharistic People amid COVID-19 – April 3, 2020
Bishop Bascom suspends worship services through May 17th – March 20, 2020
Bishop Bascom suspends worship services through April 3 – March 16, 2020
Guidelines in the time of Corona – March 13, 2020
Coronavirus information for parishes – March 2, 2020