May 20, 2021
We are very thankful that we are now able to welcome more people to in-person worship at Covenant, but there are still some steps that we ask you to take to help ensure that we continue to place worship safety as our top priority. We will continue to evaluate these policies on a regular basis and make adjustments as needed.
There are two very concrete things that you could do to help Covenant’s mission as we are (thankfully!) welcoming more and more people each Sunday:
It continues to be a joyful season of ministry this Spring and I’m so delighted to be able to share worship with you and your family as we wind down the academic year.
First – the Elders & Trustees have now conformed our policies for worship and meetings to the new CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people. This CDC guidance came out on Thursday, May 13th and you can read more details here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
Here are some of the most significant changes for our rhythms here at Covenant:
We understand that this is a big change after exercising so much caution during the past year. You may very well choose to keep your mask on and continue to practice social distancing even after your vaccination – and that’s perfectly fine!
To accommodate a wide variety of comfort levels and vaccination statuses we will now be using the following practices on Sundays:
The major exception to this change in policy regards children and those working with children. The CDC has not yet changed their guidance for children or for those working with children. This means the following:
These changes bring us up to speed with the current national guidance from the CDC, however we will continue to evaluate how these policies should be adjusted to achieve our mission. The elders and trustees will discuss revisions and changes to our policies as the Summer unfolds.
As a reminder – this will be the last Sunday for our pre-recorded worship service. Going forward we will be sharing a link to our livestream service that you can watch at 10AM. The service will be available to watch anytime at your leisure following the live broadcast, so you need not worry if you miss it – you can always catch up when it works for you.
For more information about these changes please read the detailed Pastoral Letter and FAQ I shared with you last month:
Please do reach out to me by phone or email regarding any of these changes to our policies or programming. I’ve spoken with many folks personally about these changes and itt has been wonderful to hear many different perspectives and experiences. I am thankful for you and your patience and support as we navigate the future together.
I can’t wait to see what happens next!
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