On a video call held December 22 to address rising concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and in-person worship, Bishop Chilton Knudsen encouraged clergy and lay leaders to adapt worship and ministries in whatever ways make sense to keep their communities safe.
She also asked that the following temporary changes be made until the current surge is under control:
- All church attendees should be masked at all times, including clergy and lay readers who are preaching, reading or singing
- KN95 and N95 masks are strongly encouraged, followed by surgical masks (blue/white disposable). Cloth masks are not considered sufficient in preventing the transmission of the Omicron variant.
- Social gatherings that involve the removal of masks for eating and drinking (coffee hours) should be suspended.
- Anyone who is immunocompromised, unable to be vaccinated, or feeling sick should worship online. No one who is concerned about getting sick should risk their health to attend church in person.
Ongoing COVID-19 prevention practices, including social distancing and increasing ventilation, are especially important with this more infectious variant. Please review the December 15 guidance from the COVID-19 Advisory Team for more detailed recommendations.
Zoom office hours resume Wednesdays at 12:30 pm
Courtney Reid will resume weekly COVID-19 office hours via Zoom. Clergy and lay leaders are invited to “drop in” with questions on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1 pm.
Meeting ID: 817 6808 2004