St. Paul’s Re-Entry Updates
January 2022 Re-entry Update
We continue to monitor the local COVID situation. Our healthcare workers have clearly communicated the position hospitals are in right now. Our schools have just gone back and the controversy of masking and vaccines continues to baffle the people who are caring for us.
As Christians we are called to do our part to care for our neighbors.
For us at St. Paul’s that means continuing to take the cautious approach we have been taking, but we also want to share a few reminders and one change in our Re-Entry Update:
- We will now require masks at all times in our building again, even in adult small groups. If you need help setting up Zoom for your meeting, reach out to Jackson at email@example.com
- Please stay home if you or someone in your home has COVID-19.
- Please stay home if you are sick—this could be a cold or the flu or COVID symptoms. What I tell our staff is that it is the kinder thing to do to stay home than to show up when we are sick.
- Remember that not everyone in our congregation is eligible for vaccines. When we use language like “we’re all vaccinated anyway,” we leave out the kiddos who are still waiting on eligibility. When we say “it isn’t a bad variant” we forget that some people are immunocompromised. Our Welcome Statement celebrates the worth and dignity of every person, and we want to continue to make decisions for our whole congregation. It’s hard work, because worship and small groups and gathering mean so much for our faith and mental health too. We encourage everyone to be careful, stay home if you’re sick or exposed, mask up, and enjoy each other!
November 2021 Re-entry Update
The Re-Entry team continues to work to balance the need for physical safety, connection, and other priorities of the church. As we are all familiar, that balance continues to change. So, we have a couple of updates to policies to allow us increased connection with one another.
- For adult groups, masks are no longer required when meeting inside the building. As before, groups need to be 15 or fewer people and social distancing should be maintained. A mask requirement remains for worship and common spaces in the church such as hallways & restrooms.
- During worship, song leaders and soloists (who are fully vaccinated) can unmask while leading music. Seeing these faces will increase the connection between worship leaders and the congregation, both in person and online.
Contact Heather Edvenson, Re-Entry Chair, if you have questions or feedback.
August 2021 Re-Entry Update
St. Paul’s Re-Entry team continues to monitor CDC and local health department guidance and update St. Paul’s polices based on that information. In accordance with recent recommendations, we are updating our mask polices. Masks are required indoors at St. Paul’s. This includes the public spaces of the building and any gatherings taking place inside, regardless of vaccination status. Adult small groups may continue to meet outside without requiring masks. We continue to schedule all groups meetings, inside and outside, in advance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your group or meeting.
Thank you for your continued care for each other and specifically for our kids who do not yet have access to the vaccine. Contact Heather Edvenson, Re-Entry Chair, if you have questions or feedback.