Important Update Regarding COVID Protocols for CCC
On Sunday June 20th the current mask requirement as part of our church’s Health and Safety Guidelines will be lifted for all fully vaccinated individuals. The socially distanced seating in the sanctuary will remain in place through the summer though reservations will not be required. We will also start singing again on Sunday June 20th. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged for those who are not yet vaccinated.
These changes were voted on by the council on Tuesday June 8th.
From Pastor Devyn:
A couple weeks ago I applauded our congregation for the way in which we have navigated covid—and I still do! We have worked together to keep each other safe AND we found creative ways to engage with worship and stay connected with one another. This congregation has taken a fairly cautious approach through the pandemic and has been committed to loving our neighbors—even in the midst of disagreement or varied opinions. This is a wonderful testament to our faith in Christ and his gospel.
The Health and Safety Team and the council have used several things to guide their decisions throughout this pandemic: regulations from local and state entities, CDC recommendations, and concern for the most vulnerable in our midst. We continued to use these touch points when making the current policy.
· On June 15th Gov. Baker is lifting the emergency mandate for Massachusetts.
· The CDC has determined that the vaccine is doing its job and masks are no longer needed for those vaccinated.
· Local rates of COVID in Easton have dropped dramatically in the last few weeks—to levels not seen since March 2020!
We continue to be concerned about specific populations, mainly children, who do not yet have access to the vaccine and so we encourage you, out of love for your neighbor and care for our kids, to wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.
We know that many people are still nervous about returning to church and removing the mask requirement will increase concern. I invite you to reach out to me directly so we can talk through your concerns and brainstorm ways for you to participate in the life of the congregation while still feeling safe.
Grace and Peace,