As we return to worship this week, we surely have many questions. Whether you are preparing to return this Sunday, or not quite yet ready we want to ensure your questions are answered.
If I’m vaccinated or had COVID-19 do I still need a mask?
The CDC has indicated that if you are fully vaccinated—that’s two weeks after your last shot—it is very unlikely that you are in danger of either contracting a serious case of COVID-19 or passing it on. You’ll find that we will be wearing our masks for the comfort and safety of others in almost all circumstances. In addition, we’ll count on one another to keep to all those other safe practices we’ve learned over these past months.
What will I need?
Bring your mask! If you are not yet fully vaccinated, and are able to wear a mask, we are counting on you to wear it for the safety and well-being of yourself and others. If you’ve forgotten, don’t worry. We’ll have masks available. We’ll also count on you to sit with those who are a part of your bubble. And bring a jacket if it is cool. The windows may be open and we’ll encourage conversations to happen outdoors before and after worship.
Will Sunday worship still be online?
Yes! From here on we will always provide a livestream option for worship that will also be recorded and linked for viewing.
What if I’m not feeling well?
If you have a temperature or have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 72 hours, please stay home and join us online.
What if things change?
Our practices will always conform to the most conservative of CDC and Washington State guidance. If, for example, King County reverts to any level more restrictive than Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap, we will suspend in-person worship and revert to the pre-recorded worship resources to which we have grown accustomed until those restrictions are lifted. Phase 3 is our baseline for in-person worship.
What will our worship look like?
When you come, you’ll be invited into all the elements of worship. The fully vaccinated choir will sing masked. So will we. We will celebrate communion, but it will be adapted according to best health practices. We will limit our contact in the passing of the peace. In all of these cases, please feel every permission to limit your activities to those you personally feel are safe. And if you are one who feels more free to engage, please attend to the comfort of those around you. Consider it both a safety and spiritual practice.
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