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New Worship Schedule
8:30am Spoken Word Service 10:30am Choral Service
Coffee Hour' in the Courtyard between services
Dear People of Good Shepherd,
While we all wish for the pandemic to be over, it isn’t. The recent surge in COVID cases and the highly infectious Delta variant have many concerned. People have asked what, if anything, this means for our protocols at the church.
The Diocese has not issued any new guidelines in recent weeks. The expectation remains that if you are unvaccinated, you wear a mask indoors. Those who have been vaccinated are not required to mask. Only the vaccinated are encouraged to sing.
Our Coffee Hour, which invites people to unmask while eating and drinking, is purposely set up near the courtyard. Outdoors all can unmask regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccinated persons, of course, may choose to mask. The most recent advice from the Centers for Disease Control encourages all to mask indoors, including those who are vaccinated. “When you’ve been 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.”1 York County is an area of high transmission.
I will resume masking in large public gatherings, including worship.
Being fully vaccinated, I feel protected from severe illness. Still, I would prefer to remain uninfected. I hope to avoid interruptions to my or my husband’s ability to work or our sons’ education. My main concern, however, is that living and working in an area of high transmission I could transmit the virus to someone more vulnerable than I am.
My ministry entrusts me with the privilege and the responsibility of caring for all. I engage with young and old, those who are well and those who are sick, the vaccinated and unvaccinated, and people whose circumstances would be particularly stressed by a COVID exposure or diagnosis. I will mask to mitigate risk of illness and to safeguard people and a ministry that I love.
Next Sunday, August 15, we will welcome our bishop, the Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, to Good Shepherd. He may have new guidance or expectations for our worship and time together; if so, I will do my best to share them beforehand. In the meantime, be assured that I pray daily for your health and the health of our community, and I would welcome your prayers for mine.
The Rev. Amanda K. Robertson, Rector