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Updated Oct. 30, 2020

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The COVID-19 Reentering, Reopening, Reimagining (RRR) Task Force called by Bishop Stokes has developed guidelines and advice as our church buildings move through the phases of re-opening. The Task Force issued its initial report on June 5. Here is everything your church needs to know right now to help move toward re-opening.

List of Churches Approved for Reopening

More than 80 churches have been approved by Bishop Stokes and the RRR Task Force to reopen for some form of in-person worship. See the list.

Reopening Training Video Now Available

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In this video, the Rev. Canon Valerie Balling and Dr. Phil Lewis, co-chairs of the Task Force, present training to help your congregations plan for reopening your church buildings. This is the training required in the RRR Questionnaire for parish leaders involved in reopening church buildings. It will be helpful to have a printout of the Task Force’s Summary of Recommendations open while you watch the video.



Task Force Materials

The Rev. Canon Valerie Balling’s presentation of the Task Force’s report from the the June 4 Lay Leaders Town Hall Meeting


Video demonstration of the use of a BioBlast system from St. Bartholomew’s, Cherry Hill

BioBlast System

BioBlast is a special spray device and liquid disinfectant for sanitizing surfaces in your church. The Diocese has a bulk-purchase agreement with the company, which is headquartered in New Jersey. Email Canon Phyllis Jones for more information.

BioBlast Resources

Building your Reentering, Reopening, Reimagining Plan

Your congregation’s completed form must be approved by the RRR Task Force and Bishop Stokes before reopening your church building. Note that the form is designed to be completed in several sessions; click the “save and resume” button to save your progress. You’ll receive a unique web address (URL) for your form. Do not lose that URL. Without it, you will have to start your form over.

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