The staff and leaders of South Church are working hard to consider the safety, health, and wellbeing of our whole church, especially the most vulnerable among us. This means proceeding with great care and thoughtfulness.
The American Choral Directors Association in early May shared that there is no safe way for there to be congregational or choral singing until there is a vaccine or 95% effective treatment in place, most likely 1-2 years. Masks and spacing do not protect singers from contagion, as singers are super-spreaders.
According to the Boston Globe, “houses of worship must limit occupancy to 40 percent of the building’s maximum capacity, including both staff and attendees. Masks are required while inside the establishment, and non-family members must stay at least six feet apart. Communal gatherings before and after services are banned.”
Bearing all of this mind, there are only two things we cannot do together remotely: be physically near each other and sing together. And unfortunately, if we risked gathering in our worship space, we would not be able to safely do either.
Church Council voted in late April that in-person worship could resume in the fall, at the earliest. Even then, we’re imagining a hybrid model of worship that will be both live and recorded.
Trusting that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-9), we will continue to be church together in ways that don’t put the most vulnerable among us at risk.
We will continue to be as creative as possible in sharing the good news of God. As People of the Way, we will continue to live our faith in new ways in this chaotic world.