“We are still the church” has been our refrain through the pandemic and it’s still true today as well! I wanted to provide you with an update on our plans responding to COVID-19 and the recent rise in cases with the Delta variant. When the pandemic disruptions began here in March 2020, we reminded ourselves that part of living out Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as ourselves meant being a part of the communal effort responding to the virus. We are still called to this today. We’re mindful that we have several children in our congregation who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, as well as others with underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable. The same is true for the larger community outside our own congregation.
The Executive Committee of the Board met earlier this week to review our plan given recent developments. There are a couple of adjustments we will be making beginning this Sunday, August 1:
First- our outdoor service was originally scheduled to conclude this past Sunday, July 25. That plan was made back in late May, when cases were continuing to decline. The picture now looks different and with that in mind, we will be extending our 9:45 a.m. outdoor service through Sunday, Sept. 26. We’ll continue to offer our 11:00 sanctuary service, which will also be livestreamed.
Second- The CDC issued updated guidance yesterday that due to the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant, all persons (vaccinated and unvaccinated) should be masking when indoors outside their own homes when in areas/counties of substantial or high spread. In Kentucky, that means anytime a county is in the “orange” or “red” designation for incident rate. With that in mind, the Executive Committee has updated our plan- anytime Scott County is in the “orange” or “red”, everyone (vaccinated and unvaccinated) is expected to mask the entire time while in the building for indoor worship in the sanctuary or any other group gatherings or meetings. We’ll have extra masks at the entrances if you forget yours and signage to remind you to mask if we are in the “orange” or “red”. Currently, Scott County is in the “orange” for cases, which means we will be masking at indoor worship this Sunday, August 1. Since there is extra distance from the seating and platform/communion table areas, those leading worship can unmask when speaking if they chose to do so. If you do not wish to mask during worship, you’re encouraged to attend the outdoor service at 9:45 (masks not required due to the lower risk of being outdoors) or view our livestream at 11:00 at www.facebook.com/fccgeorgetown.
We’ll be reviewing these aspects of our plan again in September or if public health guidance changes further. I know many of us are looking forward to when we are all worshiping together in one service after such a long time of disruptions and adjustments. We’re grateful for your continued flexibility, engagement, and adjustments as we seek to love our neighbors inside and outside our congregation. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barb Southworth, Board Chairperson (email@example.com).
Grace and peace,