Worship at Grace Masking or No Masking

By Rev. Cindy Marino

It has been truly a blessing to be worshiping together with those who feel confident in returning to the Sanctuary. This vibrant and loving congregation will continue to live the good news of Jesus among us regardless of how we might have to adapt to do so; and adapt we have for many months!  Many of those adaptations will become a permanent part of the way we worship and serve, including the live-stream worship we offer for those who prefer to worship remotely. But I cannot deny that seeing your smiles again in person is a gift that goes beyond words!

We continue to temper that gift with the desire to protect the health and safety of our children and those unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The best way to do so is for those who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated! 

Beyond that, there are a few other things we as members of a loving congregation can do. In place of asking everyone to mask all the time while in the building, I am hoping we will each express our love for one another by considering the needs of those around us at any given time. 

We can provide both a level of safety and comfort for everyone if we each:

  • Bring a mask each Sunday (or grab one from the table in the back of the Sanctuary).

  • Wear it continuously if you are not vaccinated.

If you are vaccinated:

  • Slip it on when in the presence of children or youth. (Masks are required in the Children’s area and Children’s Ministry staff are all vaccinated). 

  • Wear it while singing during worship.

  • Wear it when in the presence of those who prefer that you would. If you’re not sure, ask!

  • Refrain from any comment to those who continue to mask. We are all in this together!

We have worked to bring out the best of the people of Grace, realizing that the most important part of being the church is our relationship with one another, as it grows from the loving relationship we have with God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. At this place and time, it is more important to be loving than to be right.  So, whatever your opinion, let’s first love well!