Dear Apostles Family,
I would like to give you an update about Apostles’ ministry in light of Knox County’s Safer at Home order, effective as of Tuesday, March 24th. As soon as we learned about this order, our staff reached out to city officials and the Knox County Health Department. The Health Department confirmed that churches are considered an essential service under the Safer at Home order. We already believed that our parish ministry is essential in these times, but it was helpful to hear the Health Department agree.
Here’s what our ministry on-site looks like under the Safer at Home order:
- We will distribute bread-only Holy Communion this Wednesday, March 25 from 12–2pm and this Sunday, March 29 from 4:00–5:30pm
- We will record our Sunday worship services with a small group of leaders (less than 10 persons).
- Our staff will be working off-site most of the week, in keeping with the Health Department’s recommendation for staffing.
- Our church phone number will be answered during regular business hours. An Apostles pastor will also review and respond to any after-hours messages received through our office phone.
- Our pastors are always available, as needed. Online or telephone meetings are recommended. In-person meetings are permitted with a priest by appointment only. All persons must be symptom free from cold or flu illnesses and observe social distancing.
We will continue to keep you informed about other Apostles ministry updates this week and beyond, but we wanted to address this issue specifically. Please continue to pray for the Lord’s work at Apostles!