Masks in worship will now be optional for all persons who have been FULLY Vaccinated for Covid-19. We recommend, and advocate for, being vaccinated as it both helps to prevent the disease and dramatically reduces the spread. If you have not been vaccinated we ask that you continue to wear a mask in church. We also recommend wearing masks while we sing in worship, as the evidence of that is still being researched. We will continue to practice social distancing so everyone, regardless of their comfort levels, can feel safe to practice their faith and build community. We will also stay consistent with our twice-weekly cleaning protocols and procedures from our hired cleaning service.
Throughout this time we have always followed the CDC, the State, and our United Methodist Denomination’s recommendations and guidelines. We’ll continue to lean into their guidance as we navigate through this journey together.
Some of you may still wish to wear your mask at church and/or in public. That’s okay. Our kids ages 0 through 11 have not been vaccinated. We will mirror the guidelines and our local school systems and ask that children, and volunteers, in Valley Kids still wear their masks for the time being, as schools are still in session.
It has been a tough and challenging year for all of us. There’s no denying that. But here’s what I also know. God is so much bigger than the challenges. I continue to believe that God is in the midst of this time leading us to new understandings and levels of grace and love with one another. Wherever you find yourself know that you are loved and valued and belong. As the church we are all about loving God and neighbor. Together. In Unity. Like Jesus modeled.
Thank you, once again, for your amazing grace, patience, laughter, and togetherness as we keep living for God, for People, for a Change. No matter what the challenges!
Matt and Your Staff.