Bishop’s New Guidelines for Worship

Greetings in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We pray that you and the people you serve are well and that you are experiencing the presence and power of Jesus as we continue to glory in his cross and resurrection.

As you read this, we are all aware that we are in a new season of ministering in the midst of the pandemic. As government and medical guidelines become less severe and vaccines become more available, there is a general sense that it is time for everything to get back to normal. While we are grateful to God for the improvement that we are experiencing, we also are compelled by the love of Christ to prudently shepherd his Church and care for the most vulnerable among us. This time last year we were focused on how to minister as gatherings were shut down. Now we are seeking God’s wisdom for how and when to ease previous restrictions and create safe environments for gathering, worshipping, and inviting even more people to participate in our common life in Christ.

To this end, we offer these revised guidelines concerning public worship within the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas.

  1. All decisions regarding the lifting or maintaining of previous restrictions need to be made together by the vestry and rector. We understand that this will create the possibility of a variety of policies among the congregations in our diocese inasmuch as we reside in different states and municipalities and are responding to diverse demographics and regional trends.
  2. All will be expected to meet the minimum requirements of your local and state guidelines.
  3. While we continue to urge the use of masks for indoor worship, we leave this to the rector and vestry to prayerfully decide what is best for your congregation.
  4. Hand sanitation stations should continue to be provided.
  5. Social distancing should continue to be practiced until such time as state and local recommendations are changed.
  6. While Holy Communion may be administered in both kinds, we do not yet permit the use of the common cup.
  7. If possible, provision should be made to administer Communion to those who cannot come to church (shut-ins, the sick, and those still uncomfortable attending).
  8. Childcare and nursery can now be provided.
  9. Wherever possible, please continue to live-stream your service for those who are unable to participate in person.
  10. Given the safety measures in place and the widening availability of vaccines, all congregations of the diocese should be meeting for public worship.

You might be interested to know that each of your bishops has been vaccinated. While our trust rests in Christ, that same trust leads us to be grateful to God for the development of safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19.

We count ourselves abundantly blessed to be yoked with you in ministry. Your steadfastness, courage, faithfulness, creativity, and love are an inspiration to us. We thank God every time we remember you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Bishops Steve Wood, David Bryan, Terrell Glenn and Thad Barnum

The Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas

April 14, 2021

 

 

 

Welcome Church of the Apostles, Raleigh, NC

A LETTER FROM THE BISHOPS

NEW PARISH JOINS ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CAROLINAS

 

October 8, 2020

 

Steve, David, Terrell, and Thad, bishops in the church by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,
To our brothers and sisters in Christ:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is with great pleasure that we write informing you of the news that the Church of the Apostles, Raleigh, NC, has been admitted into the Diocese of the Carolinas.

Their transition into the Diocese of the Carolinas is the culmination of a season of conversation and prayerful discernment involving the leadership of the parish, Bishop Steve Breedlove of Christ our Hope, and our own diocesan bishop, Steve Wood.

While COTA is enthusiastic about the opportunity to join a geographical diocese and partner in mission with the Diocese of the Carolinas to see the gospel of Jesus Christ advance through mission and ministry, we are pleased to have a congregation of the maturity, wisdom, and strength that inheres COTA share in our common life.

We commend COTA to your prayers as we anticipate with joy the day we can resume the quality of common life that flows from face to face fellowship.

 

With every blessing and much love in Christ Jesus,

 

Bishop Steve Wood
Bishop David Bryan
Bishop Terrell Glenn
Bishop Thad Barnum

A letter from our ADOC Bishops

July 8, 2020

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For some time, we have discussed how our diocese might better organize itself for more fruitful mission and ministry. Given the geographic distances and challenges within our diocese we’ve considered different versions of deaneries, regions and oversight.

Early this year our bishops began talking, praying and discerning how it might work to develop a South Carolina area and a North Carolina area with two “Area Bishops” primarily focused on the mission and care of their respective areas, under the authority and oversight of Bishop Steve Wood, our Diocesan Bishop. Our hope is that having bishops resident in South and North Carolina will allow us to respond to and work with clergy and churches more rapidly and effectively.

Last week the Standing Committee approved funding to help make this happen. Under this new arrangement, Bishop David Bryan will be the Area Bishop for South Carolina and Bishop Terrell Glenn will move to Raleigh, NC and be the Area Bishop for North Carolina. Churches will still have the freedom to continue with their current bishop and we will attempt to honor any preferences and requests for visitations, etc. This will also apply to our parishes that are not in North or South Carolina. Bishop Thad Barnum will continue his work in Soul Care for all of our clergy.

We are grateful to serve alongside each of you in the Diocese of the Carolinas.

Warmly yours in the Lord,

Bishop Steve Wood
Bishop David Bryan
Bishop Terrell Glenn
Bishop Thad Barnum

 

 

The Diocese of the Carolinas       440 Whilden Street       Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464       843.424.6297

A Letter Concerning the Death of George Floyd and So Many Others


A Letter Concerning the Death of George Floyd and So Many Others

George Floyd was made in the image of God and as such is a person of utmost value. This is not true because a few Anglican Bishops issue a letter. This conviction arises from our reading of Scripture. The Psalmist said:

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well (Psalm 139:13-14).

The opening book of our Scriptures declares the value of all human life:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27)

What happened to George is an affront to God because his status as an image-bearer was not respected. He was treated in a way that denied his basic humanity. Our lament is real. But our lament is not limited to George and his family. We mourn alongside the wider Black community for whom this tragedy awakens memories of their own traumas and the larger history of systemic oppression that still plagues this country.

George’s death is not merely the most recent evidence that proves racism exists against Black people in this country. But it is a vivid manifestation of the ongoing devaluation of black life. At the root of all racism is a heretical anthropology that devalues the Imago Dei in us all.  The gospel reveals that all are equally created, sinful, and equally in the need of the saving work of Christ. The racism we lament is not just interpersonal. It exists in the implicit and explicit customs and attitudes that do disproportionate harm to ethnic minorities in the country. In other words, too often racial bias has been combined with political power to create inequalities that still need to be eradicated.

As bishops in the ACNA, we commit ourselves to stand alongside those in the Black community as they contend for a just society, not as some attempt to transform America into the kingdom of God, but as a manifestation of neighborly love and bearing one another’s burdens and so fulfilling the law of Christ.  We confess that too often ethnic minorities have felt like contending for biblical justice has been a burden that they bear alone.

In the end, our hope is not in our efforts but in the shed blood of Jesus that reconciles God to humanity and humans to each other. Our hope is that our churches become places where the power of the gospel to bring together the nations of the earth (Rev 7:9) is seen in our life together as disciples. Such work cannot be carried out by an individual letter in a time of crisis. We commit to educating ourselves and the churches under our charge within a biblical and theological frame to face the problems of our day. We likewise commit to partnering with like-minded churches in the work of justice and reconciliation.

The Feast of Pentecost is here in a couple of days. The power of the Spirit is loosed to convict of sin and deliver us from its power. Our prayer is that in a country as diverse as these United States, the church will be united in the essential truths of Christianity including its concern for the most vulnerable. So…Come Holy Spirit. Mediate to us and all the earth, we pray, the victory of Jesus over the principalities and powers that seek to rule and cause death and destruction in this time between the times. Come Holy Spirit.

Almighty God, on this day, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you revealed the way of eternal life to every race and nation: Pour out this gift anew, that by the preaching of the Gospel your salvation may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you created us in your own image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Bishops Jim Hobby, Todd Hunter, Stewart Ruch III, and Steve Wood