Hey City Pres,
We are excited to announce that we are making some changes to our Covid-policies starting May 30th. These changes will apply to City Pres worship services, as well as other indoor activities that occur at the church building.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid. According to the CDC, “In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.” You can view their full report at CDC.gov. I would like to highlight a few guidelines from their report for fully vaccinated people:
You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
The state of New Mexico Public health order has been updated in line with the CDC guidelines.
With these guidelines in mind, the Session of City Presbyterian has decided to dissipate our COVID restrictions in regard to our Worship Services and Programs.
This means beginning May 30th, 2021:
1. Masks and Social Distancing are now optional for fully vaccinated individuals
2. Those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing masks according to the New Mexico and CDC guidelines. We are not placing any negative judgement upon those who are unvaccinated, because we realize this is a matter of conviction before the Lord.
3. Children under 4 are still not required to wear a masks
4. Volunteers that are not vaccinated will continue to be required to wear masks while serving
As we move forward, I do want to thank all of you for both your perseverance and love through an incredibly difficult season. We grieve the many losses that have occurred during the last 15 months, and at the same time we rejoice at God’s kindness to our church. Lastly, I want to encourage you to continue to honor the Lord, love your neighbor, and purse respectful dialogue when we disagree. You have attempted to do this during these past 15 months and it is vital that we continue to do so as we live together in the weeks and months ahead. We will need to be actively leaning into these things in the face of potential disagreement and tension related to Covid polices and other issues in our life together. We are called to be a faithful presence of the love of God, which means pursing one another and offering life to one another through sacrificial love. To love is to sacrifice. Let us do this willingly and gladly, bearing one another’s burdens, as Christ has borne ours. We praise God for this day and look with hope on the days to come, as we continue to pray for one another and our world.
Pastor Justin Edgar on behalf of the Session of City Presbyterian Church