Our world is changing as we hopefully move towards the end of the pandemic that has defined everything we do for the last year and a half. There are many conflicting directions and opinions, and it is a challenge to figure out how to move forward. So, what do we do about worship?
I am going to wear a mask. I am wearing a mask because…
- Although I am fully vaccinated, I stand in solidarity with those who are in the process of being vaccinated and need to continue to wear a mask to be compliant with CDC requirements. I do not want anyone to feel awkward about wearing a mask because they could not get a vaccination yet.
- I am wearing a mask to protect those who are at high risk of still catching COVID.
- I am wearing a mask to protect our children who have not been vaccinated yet.
- I am wearing a mask to protect our children who are too young to be vaccinated.
- I am wearing a mask so that I can safely sing in worship.
- I am wearing a mask so that I can safely visit people in nursing homes and hospitals.
Finally, I am wearing a mask because it helps keep me healthy. I typically have three really bad respiratory infections each year and I recently noticed that I haven’t been sick with those infections since I started wearing a mask.
I am also going to maintain social distance to help us bring a final end to this pandemic. The Lafayette Park UMC Safety team met and has established guidelines for returning to worship outlined below. You will notice that you do not have to make a reservation to attend worship in person anymore. (You can always catch us on Facebook, even after worship is over.)
Please check out the guidelines and see you on Sunday – join me in wearing a mask.
The LPUMC Safety Team has developed the following guidelines for our return to limited in-person worship. We ask all attendees to observe them:
- Attendees are required to maintain six feet of social distance and stay masked while in the building.
- Masks are required for everyone two years of age and older.
- Attendees are welcome to sing during worship while wearing their mask.
- Attendees are welcome to participate in contactless “passing of the peace” if they choose to do so while wearing a mask. Examples include nodding, waving, smiling with your eyes, and making the “peace” () and “love” () signs towards others.
- We are currently not holding fellowship downstairs at this time.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, we ask that you stay home and talk to a medical professional.