Beginning on Sunday, July 18, 2021, wearing of masks in worship will be optional. It is still recommended that you wear a mask indoors, especially if you are not vaccinated for COVID-19. However, we will no longer require that as part of our gatherings. Some other restrictions will remain in place. For example, we will still spread out in the sanctuary in terms of our seating, we will not move from our seats during the sharing of the peace, we will continue to celebrate communion from our seat and not at the altar at this time, and we will limit our time in the sanctuary for the next few weeks.
As the numbers of cases for COVID continue to decrease in our area, and as the CDC recommendations for vaccinated individuals continue to be less restrictive, our council has decided to put these new recommendations into effect starting July 18. We encourage you to continue to be kind to one another in supporting individual choices regarding the wearing of masks. And we certainly understand that some people may feel less comfortable at worship as a result of this change. But we wanted to give you the information in advance and let you prepare for this new recommendation accordingly.
If any new data comes along to suggest greater restrictions will once again be necessary, we will, of course, consider that information and make appropriate adjustments. If such changes are necessary, we will communicate that with you as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact church council members or Pastor Spies. Thank you!