Dear Tabernacle Family,

The time has come! Next Sunday Tabernacle will open its doors wide and welcome people back into the sanctuary for the first time in over a year. You can RSVP to attend our in person gathering here.

We know that some are not ready to return. We see you and fully recognize that you are a vital part of our congregation. We fully acknowledge that the church is not the building and that God moves in virtual spaces.

For those who are ready to return… as the safety protocol team, our promise to you is this: We will do everything we can to make sure that people have a safe space to worship God.

On Sunday Mornings, the Safety Protocol Team will:

  1. Make sure everyone has a mask and is wearing it correctly. Masks are required for anyone over the age of 5 even if you are fully vaccinated. 
  2. Make sure that every “family unit or party” is spaced six feet apart from one another.
  3. Make sure that our original protocol, as voted on by the church, is followed. You can read this protocol and updates here.

We want to be clear. When someone is leading in worship, they will lead with masks off. When they are finished leading, they will put their masks back on. This includes members of the choir. Members of the choir will sing without masks on. All choir members will be appropriately distanced from both one another and the audience in the pews. 

The safety protocol team will work as hard as we can to earn your trust.  With that said, the protocol team will act as the “monitors” on Sunday morning to make sure everyone is following the rules, even guests. While we want to show hospitality to everyone that enters our building, we will ask that guests and members alike are masked and are socially distanced. 

We know that God is still calling us to be Church. May we seek God’s presence as we move forward into what God has in store for us next. We are excited to once again share sacred space.  

As we move forward we acknowledge that things will not be perfect. When things do go awry, we ask for grace. We also ask that you contact Mark Snipes at marksnipes1@gmail.com so that we can deal with issues that arise as we move back into the sanctuary together. 

In Christ,

Mark Snipes and the Safety Protocol Team

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