Santuary Worship Guidelines

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Called Session Meeting Update on Worship (COVID) January 20, 2022

In light of our ‘greatest’ call as Christians to love our neighbor, and with a continued mindfulness toward Lincoln Lancaster Health Department and city recommendations, Westminster’s Session has approved moving to virtual worship for two Sundays (January 23rd and 30th). Session will re-evaluate these plans following the February 1st community update. Last Friday, our local leaders asked for faith leaders (such as elders on session) to lead our community with wise decision-making as the Omicron surge reaches unprecedented levels, and so a session meeting was called with guidance from our COVID Task Force.

If you have not experienced a worship service via our new livestreaming system, these are two great weeks to watch for the first time. This Sunday, January 23rd, will be our “Tree Sabbath” service with lessons and hymns that celebrate God’s creation with a focus on trees. January 30th will explore Jesus’s sense of call while asking questions about our own calling in life as followers of Jesus in 2022. LIVESTREAM LINK

Committees, made up of church members, will be able to determine in-person or virtual plans for groups such as Confirmation, Wednesday and Sunday Children/Youth, and Adult Ed. We encourage such groups to pause for one Sunday, January 23rd, in order to evaluate with those involved in such programs and then make determinations.  We recognize the difficulty of changing course and the joy of the very positive momentum we have as a congregation as we begin a new year. We also will continue to make decisions through the lens of love for one another and the value that Presbyterians have for science and the exhibition of love to our broader community.

Please keep an eye on communication via the eVine and/or point-people for different programs to learn more about individual groups within the congregation.

In a Spirit of Christian Love and Gratitude,

Your Westminster Session

Rev. Chris Peters, Head of Staff / Senior Pastor

Margaret Sprude, Clerk of Session”

Sanctuary Worship Guidelines
Westminster’s Session has approved a mask requirement for worship and other activities on campus.
Acknowledging that many of you have been wearing masks as a precautionary measure on your own accord, we felt that with (1) the rise in COVID cases locally (2) a faith-based concern for our children and the immune-compromised among us, and (3) several recent “break-through” cases amongst our church family, it was time to affirm this practice once again. LLCHD’s reinstating of a mask requirement locally this week reflects our session’s embrace of science and local knowledge throughout the pandemic.
For the time being, we also encourage resisting physical contact with each other. Our Sanctuary Task Force will continue to assess week-to-week, with authority to relax precautionary measures as needed. Session will continue to vote on any measures that strengthen precautions, as indicated by our vote Monday night. We continue to give thanks for your patience, grace, and dedication as we navigate the ongoing nature of COVID-19 in our world.
With prayers for the well-being and health of our church family, Westminster Session and Leadership
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