July 23, 2021
With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus proving to be highly contagious, and Williamson County re-entered the “Red Phase” on July 19, meaning an “uncontrollable community spread” of COVID, the Safety & Security Committee met on Wednesday of this week. They discuss how we can best continue to gather safely in worship while taking measures to protect the most vulnerable among us, including children under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated. To that end, they recommended and Session approved an update to our “Guidelines for Gatherings.”
Masks are now required for vaccinated and unvaccinated alike at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services of worship (except for those while leading a portion of the service in the chancel area). For all other ministry gatherings that occur indoors and on the church property, masks are required only for those who are unvaccinated. The full version of the updated “Guidelines for Gathering” is listed below.
This decision changes nothing else about our services of worship. We will continue to gather, sing, and share in worship in the same manner that we have in recent weeks, and for this we are deeply grateful. We also continue to give thanks for the option members have to worship via livestream.
Know that this was not an easy decision; neither is it a permanent one. While we cannot yet say when the guideline might change again, we do believe that FPC’s guidelines for gathering in worship need to be constantly monitored and updated to reflect what is safest for all members of our church family to gather.