During this entire pandemic, I have said that the health of our members and using love as our guide in making decisions would be the principles that would direct us. Since the time we came back with one limited service, we have slowly been turning up the dimmer switch as we felt comfortable. This past Sunday I took a quick show of hands at both services of who was vaccinated. Out of 87 people, only 5 people from two services had not been vaccinated. I am certain since vaccinations are so readily able, those five for whatever reason have chosen not to be vaccinated. Given that information and assuming that there will always be a very small percentage of people who will not or can not be vaccinated, the church council voted unanimously last night to adjust our worship practices and turn up the dimmer switch.Reservations will not longer be required. Screening for temperatures is no longer required, however we do ask everone to provide their name upon entry with contact information. Below is a bullet point list of what we will do beginning this Sunday.
Anyone who is vaccinated may choose to wear or not wear a mask to worship. An unvaccinated person is requested to wear a mask out of love for their neighbor and themselves. I, along with other staff and council members, will continue to wear masks as a way of making it more comfortable for those who choose to wear masks.
We will continue to take communion while seated in the pews using disposable wine and wafer cups until the time, we feel comfortable turning up the dimmer switch.
Since there is plenty of seating at both services at this time, we will encourage physical distancing. An usher will be present to instruct you.
Passing of Peace
We will invite people to share the peace in the fashion that they are comfortable with while respecting anyone choosing not to.
We will refrain from singing hymns but believe we will introduce this slowly in the very near future.
Parking Lot and Online Services
Live broadcast to the parking lot and pre-recorded online services will continue to be offered as options throughout the summer.
Kids and Youth
Our youth will continue to be required to wear a mask until such time they will have had plenty of time to receive the vaccine. This is done out of love for their safety.
I would like to thank the church council who have helped to shape these guidelines. As a caring group of elected volunteers made up of all types of people including medical staff, they worked very well together to create practices that are safe and respectful. We hope that you understand that our guiding principle was your health. We are excited about coming back together and slowly but surely easing up the restrictions until we are fully back to where we were when we stopped having worship in the sanctuary. Please keep our church in your prayers. Hope to see your whole face very soon.
In His Service,