CCC Mask Policy Update
Good Afternoon, CCC!
NOTE: You can view a short video summary of this information here: https://youtu.be/dcAYOXitxXc
Throughout the past year, we have done as much as possible to protect against exposure or spread of COVID-19 by monitoring the data, considering our unique dynamics as a church, and following the national, state, and local government health guidelines. We've also acknowledged that no amount of precautions can guarantee that no one will be exposed.
We are encouraged by the recent loosening of state & local guidelines along with the CDC's updated guidance that fully vaccinated people can now resume activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing. Based on all of this, we are now able to encourage people to make individual choices based on their specific situation. With this in mind, the Trustees of Clay Community Church have approved the following policy for our church body going forward:
- Each person must make personal health choices about the vaccine for themselves and their families. Out of respect for one another, Clay Community Church will not be asking anyone about their vaccination status. That being said, our updated guidelines for indoor worship and meetings/events are as follows:
- If you have been fully vaccinated, a mask is not required when entering the church to worship, sing, or attend a meeting/event. You are, however, welcome to continue wearing one if you desire.
- If you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask when entering the church building, and until seated. Once seated, a mask can be removed provided all individuals are 6ft apart except for immediate household members. When standing to sing, we ask that masks be worn. Once seated, masks may be removed.
- During an outdoor worship service or any meeting/event, a mask is not required provided all individuals are 6ft apart. If individuals come within 6ft of each other, we ask that those who are not vaccinated wears a mask.
- The passing of the offering plate will be resumed. All other Safety Plan guidelines, such as the 6ft distancing of chairs, contact tracing, and hygiene/disinfection will remain unchanged. Appropriate new signage will be prepared regarding revised guidelines. Remaining guidelines will be regularly evaluated as more information becomes available.
Whether you are comfortable without personal precautions, or you prefer to maintain masking and distancing, there is space and grace for you to honor your convictions and needs at Clay Community Church. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum of approaches, we do not want this to be a point of contention in the body. Rather, we desire the peace & love of Christ to rule in our hearts, attitudes, words, and actions.
As pastors, our greatest desire is to walk in grace toward unity in a difficult season. To ensure that happens, we must mutually make this commitment as a membership: The people of Clay Community Church will not complain, pressure, or look down on those brothers and sisters who are taking a faster or slower approach than we are ourselves. Each of us must live out the words of Ephesians 4:1-4, “...to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
Brandon and Len