October 8, 2021
With the weather turning colder, we will close the doors and windows of the sanctuary building this week to keep you warm. Please note that while we have had these open for ventilation purposes (to limit the spread of germs), we have also had new filters installed on the furnace to keep our air clean! We’ll still be safe worshipping indoors, and now will be warmer, to0.
October 1, 2021
As we continue to monitor the COVID statistics in our area and the recommendations and mandates from civic authorities, we’ve made a couple of changes to our policies.
Soloists can sing in worship
We continue to monitor daily case counts per 100,000 people to inform our decisions about congregational singing. We need to be below 5 daily new cases/100K for us to all sing together, and our policy has been that we need to be below 10 daily new cases for in-person soloists. However, since we know in-person music is incredibly meaningful for those in the sanctuary, we have made an exception, that soloists may now perform regardless of the daily new case count numbers, as long as they are fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours prior to the service.
For example: I would like to sing the prayers of the people on Sunday and believe this is meaningful for the community, but our daily new case count right now is 10.5 (over the limit of 10). Since I am fully vaccinated, I can take a COVID test this weekend, and as long as it is negative, I will be able to sing in church without a mask on Sunday while observing physical distancing.
We wanted to let you know about this change in policy so you can make an informed decision about whether you’d like to attend the services in-person, knowing that our case count might still be too high for in-person singing, but we are allowing soloists with full vaccination and negative COVID tests.
Proof of may be required soon
You may have also seen the recent King County policy requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend indoor events as of October 25 for everyone eligible to be vaccinated. The mandate specifically says that churches are not required to verify vaccinations but are “strongly encouraged” to do so. We have agreed, for the sake of the health of our community, not to exempt ourselves from this kind of mandate just because technically we can, so Faith Church will be exploring what that looks like for our congregation in the next few weeks. We understand that the vast majority of our eligible congregation is already vaccinated, so for most folks, this will simply be a matter of showing proof of vaccination so that we have it on file. If you are eligible for vaccination but unable to be vaccinated, but would like to attend worship in-person, please let me know so we can talk about how best to accommodate your needs.