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Sample Reopening Plans

Sample Reopening Plans

The following reopening plans from churches across the diocese are being made available as a resource for congregations seeking a starting point in developing their own reopening plans. St. Hugh of Lincoln, Allyn Christ Church, Anacortes Christ Church, Anacortes (Children’s Ministry) St. Matthew/San Mateo, Auburn Grace, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island (Day School) Holy Spirit, Battle Ground Resurrection, Bellevue St. Margaret’s, Bellevue St. Paul’s, Bellingham St. Elizabeth’s, Burien St. Aidan’s, Camano Island Good Shepherd, Federal

A Guide to Gathering in Person: The Diocese of Olympia’s Phased-In Plan for Resuming In-Person Worship and Activities

A Guide to Gathering in Person: The Diocese of Olympia’s Phased-In Plan for Resuming In-Person Worship and Activities

Updated Tuesday, January 19, 2021: VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA’S PHASE-IN CHART As of January 19, 2021: RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS (Updated January 11) OPEN AIR AND SEATING REQUIREMENTS WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS REQUIREMENTS FOR OUTDOOR/INDOOR MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS To the Good People of God in the Diocese of Olympia, We live in interesting times. That might be one of the greatest understatements I have heard lately, but no doubt it

Live-Streaming Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Live-Streaming Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Churches across the Diocese of Olympia have transitioned to streaming their services online as COVID-19 continues to spread across Western Washington and the rest of the country. We have compiled an index of those services below, listed alphabetically by city. We will be adding new services regularly as they are added, so check back often. Christ Church, Anacortes Live Service Schedule and Archived Videos | Website St. Matthew / San Mateo, Auburn Sundays (Morning Prayer, English), 10:00am | Facebook Live

COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources

COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources

Updated Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (New COVID-19 Requirements for Religious and Faith-Based Organizations) The following page contains requirements, recommendations, and resources for churches in the Diocese of Olympia put together by the Office of the Bishop as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We take these actions for the common good, to care for the most vulnerable members of our community. As of January 19, 2021: RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS (Updated January 11) OPEN AIR AND SEATING REQUIREMENTS

Update from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Update from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Cris Blair, member of Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: Dear Diocese of Olympia, This week is the deadline for the following bills – they will die if not moved out of their House of origin by March 9. The eviction moratorium is quickly approaching – March 31. If a renter has ever been evicted, it is almost impossible to ever rent again. If these bills don’t stay alive, we risk adding to our already massive unhoused population in Washington.

Transition Announcements in the Diocese of Olympia

Transition Announcements in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Rachel Endicott has accepted a call as Interim Priest of St. Paul’s, Bellingham and will be leaving her position as Rector of Christ Church, Puyallup, effective April 19, 2021. Rachel was born in the U.K. to a priest father and musician/teacher mother. After receiving a BA in Psychology from Scripps College and an MBA from National University, Rachel worked doing

Harbor Roots Farm Shares Now Available for 2021 Season!

Harbor Roots Farm Shares Now Available for 2021 Season!

Dear friends, supporters, and customers, Harbor Roots Farm, the supportive employment program of Chaplains on the Harbor, is BACK for 2021– with vegetables for sale! You can now buy shares for yourself, or buy shares to donate to hungry people in our community. A lot has happened since our last season: we moved to a permanent farm site on 23 acres in the Chehalis River Valley, we started selling our vegetables at the Aberdeen Farmers Market, and we grew our

Bishop Melissa Skelton to Join Diocesan Staff as Assisting Bishop

Bishop Melissa Skelton to Join Diocesan Staff as Assisting Bishop

The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to announce that, effective March 1, 2021, Bishop Melissa Skelton will be joining diocesan staff as an Assisting Bishop after retiring as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon and Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. Bishop Skelton will be serving on a per diem basis, meaning she will be remunerated on a case-by-case basis. Bishop Skelton will be available for visitations and will be assigned by Bishop Rickel,

Supremacía Blanca y la Epifanía: Una Declaración del Obispo Rickel

Supremacía Blanca y la Epifanía: Una Declaración del Obispo Rickel

English “Estas tragedias nos han recordado que las palabras importan y que el poder de la vida y la muerte está en la lengua”. Capellán del Senado, el Rvdo. Barry Black. 6 de enero. El día de Reyes según nuestro calendario cristiano. Gran parte de todo eso desapareció en casi todo el territorio de los Estados Unidos el miércoles. En mi caso, el día comenzó con oración, ya que la época navideña finalmente llegaba a su fin. También terminó en

Congregational Leadership Conference: Wardens, Treasurers, and All Members of Vestries and Bishop’s Committees

Congregational Leadership Conference: Wardens, Treasurers, and All Members of Vestries and Bishop’s Committees

February 13, 9:00am Join us for a day-long exploration of what it means to serve on a Vestry or Bishop’s Committee and gain important tools and insights that will help you fulfill your role as an elected lay leader in the congregation. Please note: The workshops and content of this conference will be tailored for senior and junior wardens, treasurers and bookkeepers, as well as any interested lay leaders considering elected lay leadership. Note: Registration has now closed. RESOURCES AND

White Supremacy and the Epiphany: A Statement from Bishop Rickel

White Supremacy and the Epiphany: A Statement from Bishop Rickel

Español “These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.” Chaplain to the Senate, The Rev. Barry Black. January 6th. The Feast of the Epiphany in our Christian calendar. Much of that was lost on most people in the United States on Wednesday. For me, the day started with prayer, our Christmas season finally coming to its end. It also ended in prayer, a prayer offered by the Chaplain

Ask a Librarian: Books for These Times

Ask a Librarian: Books for These Times

From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: How do we consider the challenges ahead, challenges to the church, our congregations, ourselves? Three recent books provide some thought provoking responses. Books written before 2020 can see hopelessly naïve now, speaking of a world that no longer exists. That is not true of all of them of course, as Alice Scannell shows us in her book below. But one of our tasks of the future will be to apply learnings developed in a more

Clergy Wellness Report

Clergy Wellness Report

In October of 2020, the Office of the Bishop in the Diocese of Olympia conducted a survey among our clergy who are actively serving congregations. The goal of this survey was to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and all that followed on our clergy’s health and wellness, as well as to investigate how supported (or not) our clergy felt by their lay leadership. The primary purpose of the survey was to gather data to share with lay leadership

Appointment of Acting Treasurer

Appointment of Acting Treasurer

With the continued absence of our Diocesan Treasurer Barbara Fox as she continues to recover from her June 2020 medical difficulties, Bishop Rickel has appointed Jim Beckwith as the Acting Treasurer for the Diocese of Olympia. In this role Jim will provide links between our finance office and governing bodies, and he will bring items and issues to the notice of the appropriate governing body – Diocesan Council, Joint Finance Panel, Board of Directors – at the appropriate time for