If you have been following the news over the past few weeks, then you will be aware that the CDC has provided new guidelines combatting the spread of COVID-19. While there are a number of things that are interesting in this new guidance, the particular section that piqued my interest was the new suggestions for wearing face coverings. According to the CDC,
“Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
At the beginning of the pandemic, our church called together a group of leaders that made up our COVID Response team. The stated goal of this group was to help our church make decisions about the best way to move forward as a community during this time. One of the things that this group has done from the beginning was adhere to the guidelines given to us by the Center for Disease Control. It is our plan to continue using those guidelines as we move into the future. With that being said, I want to let you know about some of the changes we are making in our Sunday morning worship services, beginning this Sunday, May, 23rd.
- In both worship services, the center seating sections will return to every pew being open and no social distancing requirements in place.
- The side sections in each service will remain open every other row. We will continue to observe social distancing in these sections.
- Instead of masks being “recommended” the language used by the church will now be that “Masks are optional on campus”.
I want to conclude this letter by saying a word about how we deal with each other in our church. Above all things, we are a people of grace and kindness. It should always be our goal to deal with others by exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit that Paul lays out in his letter to the church at Galatia. If you wear a mask on campus, please be aware that many will not be wearing them. If you do not wear a mask on campus, please know that there will be quite a few people who continue to wear a mask for a variety of different reasons! But mask or no mask, I want to make sure that love continues to be our guide.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we continue our look through the Book of Acts.
Grace and Peace,