Dear Congregation,

We the Session at Hope Church have decided to make a change to Hope’s face covering policy in light of recent CDC guidelines that have gone into effect for Pennsylvania.  As of next Sunday, June 13, face coverings will no longer be required to be worn at church in the worship services.  Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to continue to wear a face covering but are not required to do so.  In light of this change, attendees may sit wherever they feel most comfortable during worship, being courteous and respecting the needs of others at all times.

We know that some of you will find this decision too hasty, and still others may believe this is long overdue. We ask for your grace toward us as we prayerfully struggle how to lead in these uncertain times, and more importantly we ask for grace toward one another. Please keep the following considerations in mind:

  • If you are sick (including especially the symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath), or if you are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness (based on the CDC guidelines), we would encourage you to stay home and participate via the livestream.
  • Please arrive early to allow extra time for entry and seating, as well as to avoid congestion. All exterior doors will be propped open to facilitate contact-free entry and exit.
  • While interacting before and after the service, or choosing seating, please observe physical distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available, and the building will be carefully cleaned.

Your servants,

The Session of Hope Church

Sent: June 7, 2021