Dear Grace City,
I wanted to update you concerning the new rules and regulations towards vaccinated people. As you can all imagine, we are encouraged by the CDC’s most recent announcement. Our country and city has made tremendous progress, and we are grateful for everyone’s hard work to ensure we get control of such a destructive virus.
We have been closely watching the guidance from the state and in conversations with numerous other churches and professionals throughout the city. We wanted to update everyone on our mask and social distancing policy.
Following the CDC and Boston City’s guidance, you will no longer be required to wear a mask if you have been fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, we would ask you to continue to wear a mask. Our kid’s team will also continue to wear masks in GC Kid programming.
Many of us have grown accustomed to mask-wearing. Many people may not be comfortable removing them, and that is ok. Some whose health may be compromised will continue to need to wear a mask. This should not be a point of contention among us.
Let me also speak a pastoral word here. We are coming out of one of the most polarizing and divisive times in recent years. Between the increased racial discrimination, political factions, and COVID pandemic all of us have endured an extreme amount of anxiety and despair. One of the distinct features and requirements of the early church was a commitment to the mission of Jesus and a commitment to love one another. We must not and should not operate as individuals seeking our own personal desires. We must stay committed to the way of Jesus through this transition period.
We would do well to remember the Apostle Paul’s instructions to the church at Colosse, that we put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. That we bear with one another and put on love which binds us. (Col 3:12-14)
Let us be kind and generous towards one another, patient as we all transition to a post-restriction life. We must not allow a spirit of disunity to pervade our congregation. Our country has lost over half a million people and more across the globe. Families, marriages, and relationships were changed forever as a result of this virus. Let’s be mindful of that truth as we celebrate the progress we have made to return to normal.
- Brian Owen / Lead Pastor