May 15, 2021
Our COVID-19 Task Force has been busy reading the most recent CDC guidelines, the governor’s orders, and suggestions from our presbytery. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we are doing our best to interpret the content and apply it to the church. Because we only received the information from the CDC on Thursday and from Governor Northam yesterday afternoon, the timing is challenging.
While our protocols for in-person worship are changing, we will continue livestreaming all worship services. Livestreaming is a vital part of our church’s ongoing outreach and congregational care and is not going away.
This Sunday, May 16, our capacity for worship will remain at 50 people because social distancing is still required until May 28. Vaccinated worshipers will no longer be required to wear masks. However, feel free to continue wearing a mask if that is your preference. For this Sunday and next, our ensemble will continue to sing the service music.
For May 23 we already have two services scheduled (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.) with the early service for graduates, their families, and friends and the later service for others. Capacity for each service will be 50 worshipers due to the requirement for social distancing.
On May 30, social distancing will no longer be required, and we will open the 10:30 a.m. worship service to an unlimited number of worshipers. We look forward to resuming congregational singing on the 30th, as well.
We welcome everyone to worship. Therefore, beginning on May 30 we will have a section of the sanctuary for those who want or need to social distance, especially those who are unvaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask at this time. No questions will be asked of anyone about their vaccine status now or in the future.
Finally, children must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing at this time. Currently, we are not re-opening the nurseries. We are seeking guidance about the appropriate way to offer childcare again. Children of all ages are welcome in worship.
Thank you for your patience and kindness as we continue to discern the way forward. Thank you for your patience, kindness, and generosity throughout the pandemic. We look forward to seeing all of you soon!
In Christ, Deborah, Boone, the COVID-19 Task Force, and the DUPC Session