Covid Guidelines


Holy Trinity Episcopal Church operates within the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. Therefore, we will follow the Coronavirus guidance as established by the four Episcopal Dioceses of Michigan.

On July 1, 2021 we will begin Phase Three of the Re-entry guidance as published last year.  This guidance is re-printed below.

Masks are encouraged indoors and are not required outdoors. Masks are especially encouraged for those who have not yet received their vaccination, when interacting with those who cannot yet be vaccinated (children, immunocompromised, etc.), and when distributing communion. Events and in-person gatherings are permitted. We advise making every provision to avoid crowding.  In-person meetings are permitted. We advise considering how you might enable your high-risk members to join your gathering digitally.  Regular office operations are permitted. We advise considering how you might maintain flexibility for staff members that are high-risk or have children unable to attend school or access childcare. Communal spaces must continue to be cleaned on a regular basis. We advise maintaining a visitor log (including phone numbers and email addresses) for all who enter the building in the event that they may have come in contact with someone with the disease and reporting is required. To the extent possible, the log should be managed by a greeter or an office staff-person or volunteer or follow some other no-touch method.  Worship Guidelines

Worship gatherings of all sizes are permitted with the following guidelines:

  • We advise considering maintaining an online/hybrid worship option for those that are high-risk and needing to maintain stay-home precautions. 

  • Physical distancing is not required. We advise avoiding crowding in the sanctuary and building to the extent possible. Consider offering multiple services to help people spread out.

  • We advise continuing the use of no-touch alternatives for the passing of the peace.

  • We advise continuing the use of no-touch alternatives for the offering.

  • We advise setting aside special space within your worship area to be designated for people of vulnerable populations.

Eucharist is permitted in one kind using bread or wafers only. Clergy must wash their hands with soap and water before services and use hand sanitizer visibly before distributing communion. If a clergy person or parishioner feels sick or has any symptoms, they should remain at home.

Food may be prepared and served with the following guidelines:

  • Congregations must make every provision to ensure adequate space to avoid crowding.

  • A designated person must distribute any food or drink. Self-serve buffets are not permitted.

Good News Garden News

 The Good News Garden brought forth over 3 gallons of spinach.  Plus two-gallons of arugula, and
four-gallons of kale on May 24, 2021.  Also harvested was over 48 heads of various types of lettuce!

More spinach, lettuce, and peppers were planted for the next round of harvesting (in 2 weeks or so).
The Green Apply Pantry is astonished at our produce!  
They are certainly grateful that we are bringing in so much produce so early in the season.
May 24th. was a busy day in garden.

Won’t you join us? We’re having fun growing for God’s children……..and adults……and families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawn Schedule

Holy Trinity has a beautiful and large lawn both in front of our building and around and in back of the homes near our parking-lot.   

Our proud army of mowers win the battle week after week against growing grass, but are always looking for help.  Please contact Troy for more information.

The schedule of the mowing marvels is published below.

The Commons

The extensive land located behind the Diocesan House.

An interested group of the Holy Trinity community met with leaders Debbie Murphy and Rich Dykstra recently to discuss how we might use our land resource for ministry to and with our community.

Rich and Debbie would like to thank those who attended and shared their thoughts.

The focus of the meeting was to discern two questions:

*How is God’s ministry at Holy Trinity Episcopal church to be seen by the larger community?

* How can we utilize our Commons toward that purpose?

Some ideas: Nutritional Education Foundation, Collaborate with other local churches, Children Center, Dormitory, Art Center, Transitional Housing LGBTQ / young adults homeless.

There were some concerns about the Stations of the Cross and Labyrinth.

Action Goals:

  1. Each person at the meeting will invite others to join the next meeting.
  2. People host smaller discussion groups (zoom or phone call)
  3. Continue to discern with God’s guidance.

New Master Parish Calendar

We have a new web calendar! Please take a look by clicking here.

Our new calendar will allow us to highlight special dates with graphics, use colors to indicate what events are for whom and publish everything that is happening our building.

Of course, this will be even more useful when things are allowed to take place in our building. The calendar will become our parish “Master” calendar. If the event is not on the calendar it may not be happening.