Covid Protocols 

An Update from the Covid Task Force

 

“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”

1 Corinthians 10:24

 

In her Vespers chat on Wednesday, September 21, Pastor Heather talked about the need to find balance in our lives. She used the equinox as her metaphor, that day of perfect balance between night and day.

 

Just an hour earlier, the Covid Task Force had wrestled with the need to find balance between the desire of many to move beyond masks and restrictions and the need to protect the most vulnerable among us. After much discussion we came to the conclusion that we would continue our “masks optional” policy both during worship and for activities held in the church building. We also determined that we would retain a section in the sanctuary for those who prefer to remain masked and socially distanced. This section, on the left side facing the chancel, is clearly marked; masks are required for those who sit there, and every other pew will remain empty. Please let an usher know if you wish to be seated in this section.

 

We also decided that we will no longer require the choir to be masked, and that we will not require masking during the singing of hymns and Shalom. While we still strongly recommend that everyone who attends be vaccinated and boosted, this is no longer required.

 

We hope to resume coffee hour beginning in October. Please be watching for a sign-up sheet to provide food.

 

Along with the easing of restrictions must come an emphasis on personal responsibility. Thinking interdependently is one of our congregational norms. It is important that we all remain sensitive to the needs of others regarding masking, personal space, and physical contact. It is also crucial that we stay home if we feel even the slightest bit unwell, and that we mask at least temporarily if we know we have been exposed to Covid even if we are feeling fine. All of us are responsible for doing our part to ensure that NMCC is a safe space for all.