From the Steering Cabinet
As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread, there is increasing concern about the safety of our pastors, congregants, and Presbytery staff. Cases have increased in Maryland and there have been a few breakthrough COVID infections known to several in our families and faith community. Across the country, more young adults and children are hospitalized, most of who are unvaccinated.
Last week, the Steering Cabinet adopted reinstituting the use of masks in worship and indoor gatherings for all our congregations, entities, and worshipping communities regardless of county. Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, this policy protects the most vulnerable – the immunocompromised and children under 12 years of age. It especially protects the unvaccinated since the Delta variant can be spread by those who have received the vaccine.
With the concurrence of the Personnel and Administration committees, staff can attend and may also preach if available, in churches who adhere to this practice of masks in worship. Otherwise, staff will attend worship virtually until the Delta Variant recedes. Also, staff may attend meetings in person where masks are worn by attendees and reasonable distancing is practiced.
With God’s help, may we be diligent in our desire to protect one another and our communities.