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Declaration of Emergency
and subsequent concerns
continue to be updated.
Your minister wants to assure a joyous nuptial celebration and will observe safe practices. After consulting with health officials and clergy colleagues, this seems appropriate for the present:
If you wish, I will discourage usual social greetings (kisses, hugs, handshakes) so you are not endangered and your guests know what is expected under the circumstances as the best ways to share your happiness. Here are examples. I will not give you a hug or handshake, as much as I would like. You know of my hearty best wishes!
Depending on the situation, if you wish, I'll try to arrange for anyone in a high risk group to sit in a separate area.
Promise pictures to those who are feeling sick as they should not attend.
Pilgrim Chapel is being scrupulous with sanitizing procedures. Pilgrim Chapel may also offer weddings on the patio.
Depending on legal, social, and ceremonial circumstances, it may be advisable for me to wear a mask.
If you wish to postpone your wedding, everyone will understand.
It is difficult to know exactly what is wise and
what is over-reaction, but my priorities are both your happiness and safety.
Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions.
Sample Greeting #1
The couple has asked me to
let you know that the Chapel has been thoroughly sanitized, and to thank
you for your being here and for your good wishes which, in this environment,
you can express to them and to one another without customary greetings
of kiss, hug, and handshake, to assure everyone's safety and comfort on
this very special day.
Sample Greeting #2
The couple has asked me to thank you for your being here and for your good wishes which, in this environment, you can express to them and to one another without customary greetings of kiss, hug, and handshake, to assure everyone's safety and comfort on this very special day.