We will continue to be requiring masks and practicing physical distancing at our services for the time being. There are several reasons for this practice, especially in light of the new guidelines from the CDC and the state government. First and foremost, we are not all vaccinated. Some are unvaccinated by choice, others by medical necessity, and others, particularly children under 12, because the vaccine is not yet available for them. (Or, as in my case, has become available only recently) Given that reality, the loving and hospitable thing to do is to continue to take precautions as we have done. Second, we are a multigenerational community. We set an example for our children, who must still wear masks, when we wear our own. St. Paul writes, “when you come together to eat, wait for one another.” (1 Cor. 11:33) And so, we will wait to ease these protective practices until we are able to ease them together.
In doing all of this, we are sending a clear message that the people of St. David’s are committed to creating a safe environment for all who are willing and able to come and worship with us! Thank you for your prayers and faithfulness during this time. Please know that the Worship team and the Vestry continue to meet regularly to assess our practices in light of new information.