We are glad you are here to join us for worship. Your safety and the safety of the Christ Church community is paramount.
Masks Are Required: We have a large supply of N95 masks for you to have if you need or want one.
Air Movement and Filtration: We have upgraded our HVAC system to provide significantly increased air circulation. Additionally we have added HEPA-level filtration as well as UV scrubbers that sanitize the air in the sanctuary.
Testing for Preacher: The only person who will remove their mask during the service will be the preacher. The sermon is the portion of the service where there is no written and visual corollary. So, it is important for people to be able to hear the preacher clearly and lip reading is essential for many. It is our policy that because of this, the preacher will take a rapid antigen test the morning of the service to ensure they are not infected with Covid for the safety of everyone.
Why are we still masking?
Because Covid is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and it is preventable. Most of us will never meet the people who die when we spread Covid unknowingly in public, but that does not mean we should not care about them.
Because people in this community are immunocompromised. Masking is an accessibility issue for people whose immune systems are compromised or vulnerable: people with cancer, people with transplants, people with autoimmune diseases, pregnant people, the elderly, and babies who are not old enough to be vaccinated. We do not believe only the able-bodied should be able to attend worship safely.
Because we are a sacrificial tradition. Jesus died on the cross for the liberation and salvation of all, and asked us to lay down our lives for our friends. If an hour or two of mild discomfort allows all people to participate, and prevents the death of the most vulnerable in our society, then we cheerfully and wholeheartedly invite that discomfort.