Regathering Update

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Dear friends,

Since the very beginning of this pandemic we have taken a careful approach to safety in our gatherings, and have made our decisions about COVID protocols at St. Paul’s based on the guidance of public health experts and local government requirements. Beyond those guidelines, our mandate has always been to safeguard those most vulnerable. Now we are entering a new stage, as COVID-19 remains as an endemic public health crisis, and as our health officials and government leaders are relaxing the masking and distancing requirements in public spaces. 

After announcing our plan to follow a similar protocol after Easter, and based on the congregational feedback received, we will no longer require masks to be worn at the 11am liturgy (they are already optional for other church activities).  For the next several weeks we will continue to ask that masks be worn at the 9am liturgy, in order to provide an option for those who wish to attend worship in person but with the protection of a fully masked congregation. After several weeks we will review that protocol for its effectiveness. 

Please note that “mask-optional” means that we fully support any who choose to wear a mask or socially distance. Please be especially attentive in your one-on-one interactions; if someone is wearing a mask it is for good reason — an underlying health condition, or care for someone especially vulnerable to the virus — please measure your own social distance accordingly. 

St. Paul’s has modeled connected care and resilience so well throughout this pandemic. Thank you for that gracious work, and for the continued care that we will show one another in the days ahead. I hope and pray with you that this Eastertide season will be one of new hope, greater freedom, and a renewed sense of solidarity with one another and with this wonderful parish that shapes our lives and our common identity as the risen body of Christ. 

Yours faithfully on the journey, 

Daniel +

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