There was some controversy over the way the press was handled at last week’s services at the The Falls Church, so I thought I’d publish this email sent to journalists by Jim Pierobon, in case it clears anything up, smooths over any ruffled feathres, or prevents BabyBlue from sashaying in there wearing a staggeringly inappropriate hat:
Access for Journalists to Services Sunday, December 17 at The Falls Church and Truro Church in Northern Virginia;
2 p.m. Sunday Media Briefing Also Planned at Truro Church
FAIRFAX and FALLS CHURCH, VA, Dec. 15 – The Falls Church and Truro Church, which are scheduled to announce their congregation’s votes on their relationship with the U.S. Episcopal Church this Sunday, Dec. 17, will permit access for credentialed journalists to the announcements of the vote results at their 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, respectively.
If you want to be included in any statements or news releases by The Falls Church and Truro Church, be sure to send you [sic] email to email@example.com.
The clergy and wardens of each church want to avoid any disruption or distraction in their services. They will require participating journalists to abide a few basic ground rules, which are spelled out below for each church.
Please note the relatively short time between the announcement at The Falls Church during the 9 a.m. service, which concludes around 10:30 a.m., and the need to be in place at Truro Church by 11 a.m. Without traffic, it’s about a 25 minute drive from The Falls Church to Truro Church via I-66 westbound and Route 123 southbound.
The Falls Church’s 9 a.m. Service
1. Journalists need to be standing or seated in the southwest corner of the main sanctuary by 8:45 a.m. That’s 15 minutes before the start of the 9 a.m. service.
2. It is our hope all journalists will remain for the entire service, worship with us and exit no earlier than the final hymn, around 10:30 a.m.
3. A “mult box” will be available. Only available light will be permitted; no lights or flashes.
4. The announcement is expected to be made around 10:15 a.m., although that could change.
5. Parking for journalists is catch-as-catch can. The Falls Church is bordered on its south side by East Fairfax Street where we recommend you park.
6. Interested media outlets arrive by 8:30 a.m. at the latest and look for a “media” poster signaling the easiest entrance to the main sanctuary. When on site, please contact Jim Pierobon on his mobile, 301-520-1758.
7. Please do not park in the circular drive way off of Broad Street / Rte. 7. That is used regularly by clergy, the elderly and handicapped parishioners.
Journalists should register their interest in witnessing this service by e-mailing the names of the person(s) representing their media outlet before 5 p.m. Saturday to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Falls Church is about three miles inside the Washington Beltway / I-495 near the intersection of Lee Highway / Route 29 and Broad Street / Route 7. The address is: 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
Truro Church’s 11:15 a.m. Service
1. Journalists, camera crews and still photographers need to be in the balcony of Truro’s sanctuary by 11 a.m., 15 minutes before the start of the service.
2. If you want a microwave van at Truro, be there by 7 a.m. because the parking lot starts filling up soon after that.
3. Photography will not be allowed during the worship service itself. However, immediately after the service, the cameras in place are invited to record the introduction and acknowledgment of the vestry, the announcement of the vote, and the recessional hymn.
4. A “mult box” will be available.
5. Only available light may be used for photography; no lights nor flashes.
6. Church leaders and parishioners will be made available to reporters and television crews for interviews after the 11:15 a.m. service concludes around 12:45 p.m.
7. Box lunches, or their equivalent, will be available from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
8. Please leave sidewalks clear. Parking is available in the commercial bank lot across Main Street.
Journalists should register their interest in witnessing this service by emailing the names of the person(s) representing their media outlet before 5 p.m. Saturday to: email@example.com
Truro is a block west of the intersection of Chain Bridge Road / Route 123 and Main Street in downtown Fairfax. The address: 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030.
2 p.m. Media Briefing at Truro Church’s “Common Ground”
As of Friday afternoon, those scheduled to speak briefly are:
1. The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, currently Priest-in-Charge of Truro and missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA);
2. The Rev. John Yates, Rector of The Falls Church;
3. Jim Oakes, Senior Warden, Truro Church;
4. Additional clergy whose churches voted this past week;
5. CANA Trustee and Secretary, Gboyega Delano.
Other leaders from these churches, including wardens and vestry members will be available for interviews after the formal remarks.
A “mult box” will be available. Lights will be allowed in the briefing.
Those attending Truro’s 11:15 a.m. service or media briefing should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary of Churches Voting By This Weekend
If you want to be included in a future release intended to summarize the results of churches voting by this weekend, please send an email to: email@example.com.