SPC Building Now Open for Small Groups. Sanctuary to Re-open for Sunday Worship on September 12.

The SPC Session has extended our welcome of small groups to include external groups who have used our building in the past, as long as they meet the criteria we have in place for all small groups:

  • All small groups must schedule their meetings through the church office.
  • Small groups are defined as roughly twelve individuals.
  • Group leaders must maintain a record of participants, in case we need to contact trace.
  • Unvaccinated participants must mask and practice social distancing.

The Session did revisit our earlier decision to use the honor system, rather than requiring vaccination disclosure for all participants in church building activities. We again concluded that our desire is to cultivate a community of trust, as well as a community of safety for those who are most vulnerable. We will continue to use the honor system and trust each one of you to remember your moral obligation to the most vulnerable in our midst. Of course, if we find that trust is violated, we will need to revisit this policy. Also, while we know anecdotally that a large majority of SPC parishioners have been vaccinated, we do advise those who remain immunocompromised to assume you will be gathering with people who are unvaccinated and to make decisions about in-person participation accordingly.

A reminder for everyone, that if any small group participants are uncomfortable with any part of these guidelines, you may continue to meet electronically.

And now for the big news about worship! The Session has set a target date for September 12, the Sunday after Labor Day, as our soft opening for what we are calling “hybrid” worship. This will hopefully give us enough time to hire nursery volunteers, recruit ushers and sound crew, figure out our plans for children and youth, and implement livestreaming options for our online community. The choir will be opened to vaccinated participants only, again using the honor system, and Georgiann will send out information about plans for resuming rehearsals.

In the meantime, Bill Howard is going to take a much-earned vacation! Worship in July and August will be mostly live and a bit more casual, with reflections from throughout the congregation on lessons learned from this year of lockdown. In August, we will also add an outdoor casual worship service at 8:30am, hopefully at the Morgan’s Grove Pavilion. In the meantime, we continue to celebrate the ministry of our congregation through this season of great, celebrating the love of God that remains from everlasting to everlasting