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Our guidelines have been updated as of August 4, 2021. Please click the button below to view our updated statement:

Update August 4, 2021

Changes Effective June 6, 2021

Introductory comments from our Rector:

Dear Friends,

Many of you have reached out to me via email, messaging on our website, or by personal contact regarding the latest guidelines for worship and other parish activities. There have been too many for me to reply to each of you individually. Please accept my apology for not being able to do so. I very much appreciate that you care enough to take the time to express yourself to me. All of your comments were included in our deliberations. Also, I want you to know that all the messages I received have been respectful and supportive. Some of you have expressed strong opinions and always with respect and appreciation for the challenges I face as your rector and pastor and that we all are facing. Please know this means a great deal to me. Thank you and bless you.

What follows is a statement from your vestry. I could not be prouder of the conversations our vestry have had with regard to these decisions. They care deeply for our well-being – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. They engaged these topics openly, respectfully, and admirably, and they came to a unanimous decision.

Please know we remain open and receptive to all feedback and concerns. Together, we “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Vestry Statement

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13

The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in many settings. Bishop Reddall is allowing Parishes to determine their local community mask guidelines for church gatherings. She asked that Vestries determine these guidelines with the support of their Rector.

Saint Barnabas has a diverse and faithful membership with varying levels of continued risks of exposure to Covid. Many of our members are fully vaccinated but some are not either due to personal choice, medical reasons, or age since the vaccine is not yet available to children under 12. This presents a thoughtful question as to how to meet the needs of all parishioners depending on personal beliefs and circumstances.

We have concluded that the best approach to address this question for our community is through compromise in order to meet the needs of the congregation while upholding our value that “All are Welcome.” The updated guidelines are grounded by these principles:

  • Continue to do all we can to protect the unvaccinated including children under the age of 12, high-risk adults who may be unable to receive the vaccine and other individuals who are not yet vaccinated.
  • Offer worship service options for those wishing to continue to wear a mask and those who would prefer not to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated.
  • Take a major step forward in returning to normal operations and activities at Saint

Therefore, we are pleased to announce the following updates:

  1. Worship service capacity will increase to 50%. We will continue to request pre-registration for contact tracing purposes and attendance control. Seats will continue to be preassigned based on stated preferences.
  2. Masks continue to be required for all children aged 2-11 and adults participating in children’s activities held indoors. This is consistent with the current CDC guidelines for schools.
  3. Masks are not required at the 7:45am service for those who are fully vaccinated. We request that worshippers who are not fully vaccinated respect the requirement to wear masks. We plan to add more choral music to the 7:45 service.
  4. Masks will continue to be required at the 10:30am service for all attendees due to the presence of children under the age of 12.
  5. In all non-worship activities, masks are not required for children aged 12 and up and adults who are fully vaccinated. We request that participants who are not fully vaccinated respect the requirement to wear masks.
  6. The Adult Choir may resume normal operations for rehearsal and Sunday morning worship services. Masks are not required for singers and musicians who are fully vaccinated while in rehearsal or in the choir loft.
  7. Coffee hour and church-sponsored events involving food may take place outdoors only.
  8. All classes and other events may resume consistent with these general guidelines.

We understand that these guidelines may not satisfy everyone’s wants and desires, but we hope and pray that this will enable us to move through the next phase of reopening as a united community. We have done a fantastic job protecting our most vulnerable parishioners from the start of the pandemic. We believe that it is important to continue this approach until the vaccine is available to children under 12 while resuming most other normal activities.

Faithfully,

The Saint Barnabas Vestry

Changes Effective June 6, 2021

About Saint Barnabas

Welcome to www.saintbarnabas.org, our church community’s online expression of our life and mission. If you are looking for a place that feels like home, a place where friends remember your name and become excited when they see you across the patio, a place where members share the value of deep, life-changing faith in Jesus, you’ve come to the right place. All are welcome.