Following the CDC’s May 13th announcement about the lifting of mask and social distancing mandates, the COVID-19 Task Force of St. Peter’s has agreed to the following guidelines for our church:
Masks and Face Coverings are welcome, but not required.
- We recommend that you still wear a mask if you have not been vaccinated, or if you are not yet comfortable with not wearing a mask.
- Sunday School classes and small groups may still choose to require masks, based on the consensus of the teacher or leader and the members.
- We recognize that while a large number of our congregation have been vaccinated, there may be some who, for whatever reason, have not received the vaccine. We expect that some of you may still wish to wear a mask, while others will not, and we want you to know that we ask everyone be responsible in their decisions – think not of yourself, but your neighbor.
Please remember, we are not out of the woods as far as the Pandemic goes. You’ll notice that we still have rows of chairs blocked off in the sanctuary, and blue tape on the floor, as reminders to remain vigilant in helping avoid the spread of COVID-19. We ask that people continue using sanitizer, avoid handshakes and hugs and if you are sick, please do not come to church or Sunday School. We are also not yet ready to return to hugs, handshakes, or passing of the peace. These activities will be part of our life together at some point, but we are not there yet.
The Task Force feels that God has led us to make this decision regarding masks, and we pray it will be helpful to each of you as we gather to worship. Please understand, if the situation should warrant, we may have to return to the prior mask restrictions, but we pray this will not be the case.
For those who have been waiting for the mask requirement to be lifted, now is your opportunity to come back and be with your church family. We look forward to seeing you!