Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
You may have heard that the CDC issued new guidelines which ease masking requirements in some situations. Virginia has adopted these guidelines which allow for the fully vaccinated to go without masks at indoor gatherings. Virginia has also begun lifting restrictions on distancing and capacity at religious services. On May 28 all restrictions related to capacity and distancing will also be lifted. We should give thanks to God for this great news!
To prepare for this transition, we are issuing the following guidelines, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Commonwealth of Virginia:
- This Sunday, May 23rd all who are fully vaccinated (having received their requisite vaccination(s) and two weeks’ time to build immunity) have the priest’s blessing to come to church without masks. Those who would still like to wear them are welcome to, of course, without judgment or them judging others, as is charitable. Virginia guidelines require distancing only after meeting a capacity of 100 people indoors, so we will limit the sanctuary to that amount. Up to 30 people who prefer worship with distancing are invited to worship and commune in the Fellowship Hall, which we will continue to provide as an option going forward.
- On Sunday, May 30th, unless otherwise specified by the Commonwealth of Virginia, there will be no capacity limit in the sanctuary (other than that determined by fire code, which is 198 people). However, the mask mandate remains in effect for the unvaccinated ages 5 and older until further notice. Again, the Fellowship Hall will be available as another option for up to 30 attendees who prefer distancing.
- Registration for liturgies will continue to be offered but not required. We’ve enjoyed getting to know new people through the public registration process and will continue to provide it through our website and Realm so we have an effective way to communicate and welcome newcomers, of whom there have been many. We recommend those wanting to use the Fellowship Hall to register in advance as well so we may anticipate your needs.
We ask your prayers and patience with us and with others who serve. Our faith and our fellowship have been tried severely but not broken over the last 14 months, and with no known incidents of infection as a result of attending our services. While there is no way we can have always satisfied everyone, we do try, and we ask your forgiveness for all ways in which we have fallen short, disappointed, frustrated, or perplexed, including now and in the following weeks of transition.
Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ,
Your humble servants,
Fr. David Subu, Parish Priest
Mr. Todd Sweet, Parish Council President