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We give thanks that we are able to worship in person and are together again. Please see below for a message from Bishop Taylor and Father Jon. 




A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP TAYLOR 

I believe it is now prudent to say that all our missions and parishes may adopt the CDC guidelines.

Under CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people can resume most of their ordinary activities, including virtually all those associated with worship, fellowship, meetings, teaching, and service at our churches. That means the vaccinated can stop wearing masks and social distancing.

Bur some folks in our churches have chosen not to be vaccinated. Young children can’t be. We want everyone to know that the person next to them and their family in the pew is safe. Accordingly, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech all adults in our diocese, if they cannot or choose not to be vaccinated, to follow scrupulously the CDC requirement for non-vaccinated people and continue to mask up and socially distance or, if you prefer, to worship remotely.

You may have strong views about the vaccine or a medical reason you can’t have it. But for everyone to feel safe in our churches, especially parents and those who still feel at risk despite being vaccinated, each must do their part, sometimes sacrificing their prerogatives for the sake of others, according to the model of Jesus Christ. So again, if you’re not vaccinated, please wear your mask and socially distance in church. If you are not comfortable with this CDC and diocesan requirement, as chief pastor of the diocese I ask you to write me confidentially at [email protected] so we can be in conversation.

As we return from our exile time, some additional nuances:

All who are vaccinated are welcome to sing in church. I ask choir leaders to insist that all choir members be vaccinated.

For the time being, please centralize all food and beverage service during coffee hours and other events. All those serving should be vaccinated. 


If you are offering remote worship, please continue to do so for the sake of evangelism and those who can’t come to church.

Prayer books and hymnals may be restored to their accustomed places.

Keep washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer. These are good practices all the time. But you can stop most extraordinary sanitation measures adopted at church during the pandemic.

For the vaccinated, handshakes and hugs are welcomed but by no means required. Since they require a dance step, elbow bumps are fun.

Since children under age 12 cannot yet be vaccinated, try to avoid all direct physical contact with young children; elbow bumps are fine, but no hugs or handshakes. Parents should minimize their unvaccinated children's social time at church, such as playtime during coffee hour. Sunday School or other gatherings of children should continue to be held only in large, well-ventilated spaces or (preferably) outside, using social distancing and masks. Children's choirs may not resume yet.

All those celebrating and serving Holy Communion should be vaccinated. The Presiding Bishop asks that we continue to serve communion in one kind only as he and his colleagues discern the best way to honor our Anglican heritage of the common cup in the shadow of pandemic.

For churches hosting third-party events, from 12-step groups to receptions and dinners, the same principles apply: Business as usual for the vaccinated, masks and social distancing (or staying home) for the non-vaccinated, and centralized food and beverage service by vaccinated preparers and servers.

My fellow pilgrims, during these 15 months, you have been magnificent, giving up what you most love about church, sacrificing for the glory of God and the sake of family, friend, and stranger, making every day an Easter Day by helping keep tombs empty. I give thanks for you and for the vaccine, which is enabling our return from exile sooner than many at first expected.

If you are vaccinated, please say so evangelically, and pray that vaccination rates pick up. Also pray for the billions around the world who are still at risk and for leaders of rich nations, especially ours, who have the capacity to vaccinate the world if they so choose.

Yours in Christ’s love,

The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor

VII Bishop of Los Angeles

The Bishop’s Council of Advice

on Our Safe Return to Physical Presence

The Very Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger

The Very Rev. Peter Browning

The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce

The Very Rev. Tom Carey

The Very Rev. Canon Ian Davies

The Very Rev. Canon William Dunn

The Very Rev. Gabriel Ferrer

The Very Rev. Canon Mark Kowalewski

The Very Rev. Canon Gregory Larkin

The Very Rev. Jeannie Martz

The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy

The Rev. Thomas Quijada-Discavage

The Very Rev. Jeanette Repp

The Very Rev. Keith Yamamoto



Notes from Father Jon: 

Please note, for those who were vaccinated you may or may not wear a mask. And for those who are not yet vaccinated, we encourage you to wear a mask.

Here are some of the Bishop's guidelines:

- All vaccinated people may sing. All Choir members must be vaccinated;

- Coffee hour continues with one server also vaccinated. There is a sign-up sheet in the Church House for those who are interested to volunteer.

- Anyone celebrating and serving Holy Communion must be vaccinated. (We continue to give the Eucharist ziplock bags)

Some areas are still under observation and I will inform the congregation once decisions have been made.

As we move forward after a long hiatus let us carry a spirit of cooperation and understanding. It has been a trying time for all of us.

But God is always with us in good times and in bad.

Be blessed.

Fr. Jon+


St. Hilary's Episcopal Church is a community of faith located in Hesperia, California. We welcome all who worship Jesus Christ, and who are looking for a closer walk with God.  


Our Presiding Bishop in the United States, The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, sums up our mission and our outlook in the most simple fashion - "If it is not about love, it is not about God." We welcome all - and that means everyone - No Exceptions. We are not concerned with how you look, where you come from, how you identify, or your economic status. You will find a home with us filled with the love and acceptance that Jesus taught.


The Episcopal Church is a member province of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. We cooperate with them on universal matters of charity, and are deeply committed to meeting the needs of our local community here in Hesperia. It is not enough to simply pray for solutions, one must act to bring into being solutions.


Our offices are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday every week from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We encourage you to call with questions or to speak with our Priest-In-Charge, Rev. Jonathon Sy

MINISTRIES 

STAY TUNED AS MORE MINISTRIES AND EVENTS RE-OPEN!!! 

The following ministries have resumed:

  • Pavilion Task Force: Gary Caire, Susie Flores, Nyleen Brewster and Dennis Fletcher ​
  • Bishop's Warden: Tina Newell
  • People's Warden: Gary Caire
  • Communications and Clerk: Shannon Brandner
  • Stewardship: Margot Wilson
  • Alleluia Minister: Mike Brewster
  • Photography: Scott Abell
  • LEM, Hospitality, and Worship: Kathy Fletcher
  • Building and Grounds: Dennis Fletcher
  • Day Workers Lunch: Jose Taylor and Luis Henriquez
  • Homeless Lunches: Fr. Jon, Flo Wilson, Rose Reed
  • LGBQT+: Beva Heath 
  • Laundry Love: We continue to send donations to our partner in this ministry, St. Timothy's in Apple Valley. Fr. Jon Limo is the minister.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these ministries, please reach out and let us know!