Services and Health Concerns at COGS

A message from Rector about novel coronavirus, COVID-19, concerns at COGS (Church of the Good Shepherd):

As of Mar 27, 2020

Easter Changed Everything. That’s FOREVER TRUE!
This Year, We Must Change HOW We Celebrate this Truth.

Bishop Requires Social Distancing to Continue through April 15th
On March 26th, the Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith, Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, directed that the churches in of this diocese maintain the the practice of having no more than 10 people in a room at one time, all remaining 6 ft. apart. Parishioners are encouraged to join their church families in worship online.

For those who do not have live-stream capabilities at home, our services are being streamed in Kirk Hall, where 10 chairs will be available.

The Holy Week and Easter Service schedule will be published soon.

Please take loving care of your neighbors and yourself.

As of Mar 21, 2020

COVID-19 has hit COGS
Dear Church Family,

Even with all of our precautions, COVID-19 has hit COGS. A church member with whom most the staff and I have been within 6 feet of has tested positive for the virus. The Pinellas Health Department called me and the other staff members with the news and directed us to self-isolate for 14 days. We are in the process of being tested ourselves, but of course, the results aren’t known yet.

This changes things a little:

What you can do:

My verse for this moment is from John 4:18: There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out fear.

Love and blessings,

March 17, 2020

Dear Church Family:

Our primary concern is to reduce the potential for spreading the COVID-19 virus by those of us who are asymptomatic. To love our neighbors best, your Wardens and I have made the following plans and decisions:




God bless you and keep you and those whom you love healthy.
Becky Robbins-Penniman
Rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd.

If you have ANY questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Becky or the church office.

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For the latest information on health and safety, local event cancellations, and other COVID-19 facts, please visit the CDC’s website or visit the Tampa Bay Times special Coronavirus in Florida section updated hourly.