March 27, 2022
At our most recent meeting, the Church Council has voted to continue our slow steps to relax COVID safety measure. As of this coming Sunday, these changes will look like the following:
- Masks will be optional for anyone attending worship. We continue to encourage anyone who is feeling sick or has anyone in their household experiencing symptoms to join worship online. If you forget your mask and would like to wear one, we will still have extras available for you.
- Distancing is self-monitored. We have removed the pew restrictions and invite people to distance as much as is comfortable for you. Please be mindful when you are choosing your seat to check in with others regarding their comfort before assuming they are ok with having someone sit right next to them. It is absolutely ok to ask someone to move down or to move yourself to be safe and comfortable.
- Communion will be at the altar. Everyone is invited to come up to the altar to receive communion. It will continue to be offered in prepackaged sets. In the coming weeks this will expand to also include an option for juice (in individual communion cups) and gluten free bread. You will be asked to sanitize before coming to the altar and ask that you only touch your communion cup so we keep germ spreading to a minimum.
- Check-in will continue. We want to be extra intentional about making sure we have an accurate record of who is a part of worship at any given time so that we can continue to do contact tracing as is needed.
We know that this decision will mean a mixture of feels for most of us. There are still many in our community that are especially vulnerable with preexisting conditions, inability to receive vaccines, or the care they are providing to other vulnerable people. We ask that we continue to extend grace to one another as we continue to figure out how to navigate our new normal with respect and dignity for everyone’s needs and everyone’s choices. If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to me email@example.com or a member of church council.
Thank you for being a community so focused on God’s love for one another!
Together in Christ,
Pr. Lindsey Beukelman