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Up-to-date information on Christ Church Episcopal's Gatherings Related to COVID-19

Revised: July 28, 2021

MASK-WEARING

Wondering if masks are required indoors? Check the CDC tracker that guides us. 

Red (high) – Required 
Orange (substantial) – Required 
Yellow (moderate) – Optional if you are vaccinated    
Blue (low) – Optional if you are vaccinated  

We appreciate your care for one another and willingness to make sacrifices as we deal with the Delta coronavirus variant.

WORSHIP

Please join us for worship Sundays at 10 AM as you are able! There is no need to register in advance.

Blue upholstered chairs will be provided for all who would like them. A portion of the sanctuary wild be designated open spaces to give people who desire more flexibility the opportunity to place chairs where they are comfortable. We will continue to place the speaker outside for those who wish to bring a chair and sit outside. The 10 AM service will continue to be live-streamed. Shirley understands that several people would like to see the Saturday service return, and asks you to be patient while we adapt to these latest changes and figure out resources (clergy, musician, sexton, and volunteers) for adding a Saturday service at some regularly recurring interval. The Wednesday 8 a.m. congregation has decided, for now, to continue to do Morning Prayer over Zoom, except for those Wednesdays that Holy Eucharist is celebrated by a priest, when the congregation will gather in the church. This information is updated each week in Realm Events.

Regarding mask-wearing: As of July 28, 2021, with the increase in rate of coronavirus due to the Delta variant, Christ Church has implemented the guidance provided by the Diocese of Virginia, informed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). When Henrico County is in Substantial (orange) or High Risk (red) range, we will be requiring masks indoors for worship, as well as all other activities.  Whether masks are required or not will hinge on where we are on the CDC scale. As a result, we ask you to either bring a mask ready to wear at Christ Church or check the CDC tracker before you leave home. Masks will not be required indoors if our county is in the Moderate (yellow) or Low (blue) range. Hopefully this will be a workable system, but if it seems too complicated, we will refine it. If you have a need that is not addressed by these provisions, please speak to Rev. Shirley so that we can understand.

The social distancing requirement has been lifted for now, but may change.  Stay tuned and   remain aware that, for some, the low level of risk of COVID-19 infection, even when vaccinated, is still a threat.

Handshakes, hugs, and passing of The Peace — Many of us are eager to restore touch to our lives! However, some desire more time. As you approach someone, please ask whether they are up for a handshake or a hug. Shirley is asking folks to answer with confidence. Our responses will not be taken as political statements or judgments about others, but simply a statement about what we’re each ready for today.

Please stay tuned for an announcement on when we’ll be able to resume our nursery ministry.

Worship and activities for young children are happening at Church on the Playground (COTP) at 9 a.m. each Sunday. Children and their parents play, enjoy a Bible lesson, and receive Holy Communion. Since it is outdoors, masks are optional for Church on the Playground.

Holy Communion is currently offering Sunday mornings and on Wednesdays when a priest is available. Safety measures are taken and we encourage each person to consider their own safety when receiving communion. Anyone who is interested should call Rev. Shirley to ask for a lay eucharistic visitor to bring them home communion.

FELLOWSHIP AND FORMATION

The diocese has lifted the restriction on all church activities. Ministry groups, small group fellowships, outreach ministries, Bible studies, etc. are all eligible to resume meetings in-person on campus or off campus. Please be in touch with the staff member you normally work with, or David Ellis our facilities manager, to make sure that the room you’d like to use is available. There is no limitation on the number of people attending a group. However, within your group, please openly communicate your comfort-level so that your group can figure out the numbers of persons you are comfortable with. Also, if there are unvaccinated persons or persons under 12 in your group, please talk about how to include them comfortably. Groups may decide whether to mask or not indoors for gatherings that are not worship-related. Please ask all members of your group what they are comfortable with and together find an approach that enables everyone to participate.

**There is a key difference in practice, for now, between Sunday and Wednesday worship using masks, and other activities where groups can decide whether to mask. This difference has to do with the responsibility of the priest to make worship available for all people.**

As you gather for fellowship after church, please move to the Milling Area or outside so that we can reach our goal of getting fresh exchange of air between services.

OUTREACH AND MISSION

Our hands-on ministries continue. Please check the weekly eNews and Realm newsfeed for how to participate.

UPDATES

Updates will be communicated as conditions change. Want to better manage your communications? Please contact Jenny Fairchild, Communications Manager, for assistance.

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