As we continue to live into this time of Covid-19, the Vestry and I have worked very hard to keep everyone safe and to find creative ways to feed our common life together as we worship and serve our Lord. We deeply appreciate your prayers, understanding and support. Through it all, I believe we have demonstrated our commitment to Christ and our love for one another.
Doubtless you have noticed that many of the restrictions we have been following have fallen away in the larger community, (such as mask wearing and physical distancing). While this has been much desired by all of us, it remains a concern as we know that many in our community have not been vaccinated for a variety of reasons. This is of particular concern for the very young and the immunocompromised who cannot take advantage of the vaccine or for whom the vaccine just will not work. Still, we seem to be in a bit of a lull in progression of the disease, although the news of the delta variant continues to be disconcerting.
Accordingly, the Vestry and I have decided to lift the mandatory mask requirement for fully vaccinated worshippers and the 3-foot physical distancing that limited the capacity at worship services. This will mean, beginning this coming weekend, that you do not need to preregister to attend a service or wear a mask IF you have received the full dose of the vaccine.
There are several important caveats:
1) Should the virus infection rate begin to rise again we may need to again place restrictions to protect each other and keep everyone safe.
2) Anyone may still choose to wear a mask at worship. In addition, the POD church option (home communion) and home visits from the clergy to bring communion remain available for anyone who does not feel comfortable coming to worship at the service for whatever reason.
3) If you are not vaccinated, you MUST wear a mask. We would encourage you, for your own safety, not to put yourself at risk by attending large gatherings like worship.
4) We are a Christian community which means we are always conscious of the needs of each other. If you do come to worship and notice that someone is wearing a mask, please maintain at least three feet physical distance from them and respect their need for space.
The Vestry and I will meet next week and discuss this further to consider other questions such as Coffee Hour and leaving the sanctuary open 24/7. Regardless of what choices we make, I ask your patience and understanding. These are indeed unprecedented times and we are all trying our best. Please know that if you have any questions or concerns, you may feel free to reach out to me at any time. Know that you are daily in my prayers and I hope that I am in yours.
Peace and blessings,