A MESSAGE ABOUT RETURNING TO IN-PERSON CHURCH
Great News! We will be returning to worship in the sanctuary SUNDAYS at 10:00 a.m.! We are requesting that everyone attending the service in-person to follow these protocols to ensure everyone is comfortable and feels safe:
· Masks will be required inside the church
· We will incorporate the ventilations suggestions that were recommended that will include windows and doors open and fans assisting in moving the air through the sanctuary in a safe way.
· We will be asking family members to sit together and will arrange seating so there is appropriate distance between all of us.
· We ask that you enter the church, keeping distance between you/your family from others and at the end of the service we will request that you leave a few at a time.
· Please, if you do not feel well or may have been exposed to someone who is ill – we ask that you stay home until you are better.
· There will be no coffee hour inside at this time. If you want to gather with others, please do so outside.
Our goal is to continue to have online services for those who are unable to attend church in-person or are not ready to attend at this time. We expect that we will have some learning curves as we get back to being together and learn the streaming process.. We are investing in new equipment for the church and on improving our internet connection with Spectrum.
So why are we still requiring masks in worship? It is true that the CDC has said most vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks. But what we CAN do as individuals is different then what we SHOULD do as a congregation. The vaccine is very effective at decreasing your chances of getting the disease and decreasing the severity of the disease if you do contract it. However, due to various reasons such as underlying health conditions; age or some people who cannot take the risk of getting even a mild case, we as a congregation can do our part to keep everyone safe. Plus, children under the age of twelve are still not eligible to be vaccinated.
If we are going to welcome everyone, we need to make worship safe for everyone. And since we are not going to exclude anybody who hasn't been vaccinated, the most compassionate thing to do is to keep wearing masks for the time being. Those who lead worship will remove their masks when speaking, just as they have done when taping a service, but otherwise we all will wear masks as a way to respect and care for one another.
We look forward to saying "WELCOME BACK TO CHURCH"! See you on Sunday! Blessings to you all!