Authoritative Information on COVID-19
- Statistics about Covid in Gloucester County
- CDC: Current Trends
- Responding to Covid-19 in the Diocese of New Jersey
These are the resources to which we are accountable as a Parish.
While our community continues to exhibit a substantial level of community transmission of the virus, we will wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Those who have not been vaccinated are asked to wear a mask indoors or out.
When the number of daily new cases trends above 25 (per 100,000 people) in our local county, we will cancel or move online all our indoor events. In this way we will care for one another and for all our neighbors.
As of August, 2021, no vaccines have been approved for children yet, leaving all the children among us vulnerable to infection. The rest of us will observe mitigation strategies (masks, distance, vaccination where possible) to avoid making our children sick — or using them as vectors to infect other vulnerable people whom they are around.
Information about St. Thomas’
Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 Virus, all activities on the church campus were suspended on Friday, 13 March 2020. In September, 2020 we began cautiously re-opening our campus. By the summer of 2021 we have settled into a steady rhythm that includes the celebration of the Holy Eucharist outdoors and indoors each week. Additionally, we strive each week to make at least one service available live via Zoom and one as a recording so that you may participate from home.
We are each navigating our own route through the pandemic. Misinformation and fear are rife. St. Thomas’ is offering a variety of options for participation so that you can choose the one that is right for you on any given week.
With the emergence of new, more virulent strains of Covid-19, our hopes for a “return to normal” in the short term seem dim. However, after a full year of meeting outdoors, St. Thomas’ has demonstrated that we have the capacity to make it through whatever this pandemic throws our way, continuing to fulfill our primary functions of worshiping God and caring for one another.
One of the most loving, effective steps you can take at this time toward ending the pandemic is to get vaccinated. Viruses can’t mutate if they can’t spread. Vaccination is the key to reducing that spread. Church leaders including our own Bishop Stokes, Presiding Bishop Curry, and the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, have all pointed to the duty of every Christian who can to be vaccinated as an act of loving neighbor.
During this time, you are encouraged to communicate with friends in the parish regularly in order to maintain our connections to one another. You are also welcome to contact the church office via telephone (856.881.9144) or email (email@example.com). The phone will not be answered, but messages will be checked frequently.
More Information about Covid-19 and St. Thomas’
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