UPDATE August 4, 2021
Rates of infection in St. Johns County are rising with the new Delta variant and information and guidelines are constantly updated. We are, as you are, following the information as best we can. We know of one fully vaccinated person in our congregation who became infected with COVID in the past week. While we have not changed our "masks optional" decision at this point, our Leadership Team continues to monitor the situation. For now, however, our pastor encourages everyone to carefully consider the current CDC Guidelines:
Guidance for People Fully Vaccinated: To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Currently, we are in an area of "substantial or high transmission." Please consider wearing a mask this week. Remember, we want you to stay healthy and use good judgment considering your own health situation. We continue to livestream our worship and encourage you to watch via YouTube if you do not choose to attend in person.
UPDATED May 19, 2021
With the high rate of vaccination in our congregation along with CDC and St. Johns County guidelines, our Leadership Team has determined that the wearing of masks is now optional. (Previously we requested them worn until seated and when singing.) However, for those who need or desire physical distancing, we will continue to offer options: the front right portion of our Sanctuary will continue to utilize every other pew seating (rather than every pew), and our balcony will continue to be reserved for those desiring more physical distancing. Of course, anyone who desires to wear a mask is welcomed to do so.
We ask that you use your good judgment considering your own risk level and comfort level. We encourage those who wish to maintain more physical distancing and precautions than we are now providing to continue to watch online for as long as desired. (See more information below.)