In line with the expiration of Virginia’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on June 30, Epiphany has made facemasks optional at church for those who have been vaccinated at both the 8:30 and 10:15am Sunday worship services. If you would like to wear a facemask at either service, you are more than welcome to continue to do so.
We have also placed hymnals and Bibles in the sanctuary for use again, following information from the CDC and others that makes it clear objects are unlikely to be a pathway for COVID-19 transmission.
We are looking forward to being able to offer a simple coffee-hour (with coffee and pre-packaged juice boxes for our kids) in the near future. To do this, we will need volunteers willing to make coffee and help with clean-up.
At this time, we are maintaining some of our other COVID-19 related procedures. Children over five will need to continue wearing masks when in Sunday school class. We will continue to offer communion by dipping (“intincting”) the bread in the wine. Finally, our livestream will continue every Sunday at 10:15 for those unable or not yet ready to return to in-person worship.
Friends, we have come a long way, particularly over the last few months. We are at an encouraging place, with COVID-19 cases in Fairfax and Loudoun County at very low levels. Still, we cannot predict the future. As we have since March 2020 at Epiphany, we will continue to pay attention to the guidance we receive from state and local authorities. We do this because we are called to respect civil authority (Romans 13), Love our neighbor (Mark 12.31) and watch out for our fellow Christians (1 Peter 2.17).
I’m looking forward to seeing many smiling faces again. I hope you are too.