One more time….Our presbytery’s response to Covid-19
The presbytery is quite aware that sessions have the responsibility to plan and offer worship for their congregations. We also know that the last 14 months have provided congregations with many challenges and complicated decision-making. We affirm that we want to get back to the things that unite and inspire, comfort, and sustain us. We celebrate with those who are fully vaccinated and are freer than they’ve been in quite some time. We acknowledge that some are still waiting for their vaccines or are not comfortable with the notion and must be cautious—and we must be considerate of one another.
We want to share a resource with you, hoping that it provides you with guidance (not mandate) as you carry on in this seemingly relentless season of pandemic. Respected knowledge is important to share, along with hearts and minds that listen for the Spirit and are guided by it.
Shared with permission, here is Presbytery of Cincinnati’s Executive Presbyter (a ruling elder and an epidemiologist in a prior career) Lisa Allgood’s note to her presbytery for this week:
“Friends, I thought today’s love note should be a summary of the latest CDC guidance issued today:
- People who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus don’t need to wear masks when walking, hiking, biking, running alone, or gathering in small groups outside, federal health officials said, taking a major step to ease pandemic restrictions while encouraging more people to get shots. The same applies to dining at a restaurant outside, and to small outdoor gatherings that include some unvaccinated people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
- Vaccinated people should still wear masks in public settings indoors and outdoors where there is a substantial risk of Covid-19 transmission, such as concerts, sporting events, and other crowded gatherings, the CDC said.
- The fully vaccinated should also wear masks at indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people, visits to a barber, hair salon, shopping mall, museum, movie theater, or house of worship. Vaccinated people should also wear masks if singing in an indoor chorus, the CDC said. Read More
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Friends, we’re delighted to share with you a series of videos produced in partnership with our good friends at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Promoting our mission to serve Christ, empower congregations and connect communities, you can link to them below. Check back often watching for new sharable video’s as they become available. We invite you to consider where in your congregation’s life and ministry you might show the videos. Session meetings? Minute for mission? A moment in your online worship service? Educational offerings? On your church’s website and/or FB page? They’re yours! Please share them in good health.