COVID Restrictions Update
Rejoice with those rejoicing! Beneath is our list of stepping stones back to normalcy at Faithbridge:
Beginning Sunday, May 9:
- Masks will no longer be required in Center Court East at 9 and 11am for Live worship and teaching.
- Masks will stay required in The Chapel, where we will position the Communion Service venue, 9 and 11am, for the foreseeable future.
- Masks will continue as required in our Kids and Student ministry till the end of the school year, May 31.
Beginning June 1:
- Faithbridge’s campus will return to normal – masks no longer required anywhere on campus, including Faithbridge Kids, Faithbridge Student Ministries activities on Sundays and weekdays, VBS, and summer student activities!
- Hospitality and refreshments will resume today, when once again we can enjoy hot coffee and fresh donuts at church.
- One exception: we will continue offering the Communion Service, masks required in this venue, for as long as people prefer worshiping with masks.
Faithbridgers, this season has been the most difficult and divisive season I have ever navigated as a pastor – by far. Many of you view the pandemic as the worst public health calamity to assault our nation since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. A number of Faithbridgers have had COVID, some of you required hospitalization, and maybe you even saw a friend or loved laid to rest due to COVID complications. It’s been a hard year for you.
Others view the pandemic as an assault on their lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness. Perhaps your livelihood was impaired – and maybe your entire business or industry was caught in the backwash of pandemic restrictions. Who could have seen it coming? But your life was tipped upside down and inconvenienced at every juncture. It has been hard for you, too.
Our Lord was, Himself, a “man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). He is well acquainted with the full spectrum of grief sin invokes. Gratefully, we do not have “a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). So let us all come to Him, Jesus our Lord.
Regardless of your point of view, please know that the leaders of Faithbridge have prayerfully sought His guidance, alongside the wisdom of medical experts and community leaders, in pursuit of the safest and wisest course of action for our church. Gratefully, I believe we are approaching a day when we will no longer have to think about COVID-19 as we focus on making more and stronger disciples of Jesus Christ — and that, friends, is good news! I’m looking forward to the coming season, and I hope you are, too!
With much joy!