As we wind our way through these days, we recognize that you may have questions around our church’s plan to reopen. Here is an attempt to provide our most current thinking in answer to three questions:
1st – When will we be able to worship in our church building?
We don’t know, but it is likely that in-person worship will need to be suspended through at least the end of the summer.
2nd – Could we gather outside, for worship or fellowship, in the meantime?
Governor Scott has made it clear that Vermonters “may resume limited social interactions and gatherings of 10 or fewer, preferably in outdoor settings, provided that physical distancing and protocols for hygiene are observed.” We fully intend to honor this executive order, which prohibits us from holding larger church gatherings at this time. When these guidelines change, we will reassess. In the meantime, we are assembling a task force to create a detailed plan for the reopening of our church building. While it is still very unclear when steps to reopen would be taken, we need to be prepared for that transition.
3rd – Will there be opportunities for us to get together in groups of 10 or fewer people this summer?
Yes. We are developing a plan for small groups to meet this summer and will share more information as soon as possible.
Finally, this bears repeating: Our guiding principle has been — and remains — prioritizing your health and well-being during this pandemic. And, as we wait for an effective vaccine, we will do everything we can to provide meaningful, online worship, and we will do our best to provide small-group gatherings to slake our shared thirst for being in community.