May 13, 2021 Update
Dear Centenary UMC Family,
Greetings to you. Over the last 15 months, our COVID-19 response has been driven by guidance from the CDC. Due to the myriad of positive signs in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC released new guidance this afternoon; and as such, we are implementing new protocols for Sunday worship beginning this week! These include:
• Temperature checks will no longer be required.
• Pre-registering for worship will no longer be required.
• Nursery care during worship will be re-introduced in the coming weeks.
• People who are fully vaccinated will not be required to wear a mask or maintain social distancing.
• Persons not fully vaccinated, immune-compromised, uncomfortable without a mask, or families with children are encouraged to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
• All worshippers are urged to fully participate in worship through the singing of hymns and speaking of liturgy.
This Sunday we will celebrate with the Confirmation Class of 2021. This is an exciting day in the life of our church as these 28 youth make their professions of faith. As such, we will be reserving a set number of socially distanced rows for them and their family households.
As we consider how to take care of each other, there are rows set aside in the East Transept and Balcony for those who would feel more comfortable in socially distanced seating. All other seating will be available for anyone who desires to come worship and praise God. The entrance to the Sanctuary will still be from 5th Street.
In the days ahead, our team will address the implications of this new guidance on our other ministries. I will send a similar email with updates, next week. Until then, thank you for your faithful support of our church and our efforts to navigate the waters of change created by the pandemic. If you have not already received your COVID-19 vaccine, please consider doing so. It is my sincere hope we have discovered the things in life – such as corporate worship -- which are most dear to us and that we celebrate and practice them with full hearts.
Blessings to you and your family from our entire staff team.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. P. Glenn Kinken III