July 31, 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
The Mt. Zion Reopening Task Force met recently to pray and to discuss our ongoing response to the Covid virus. We are so thankful for the way our congregation has pulled together and been flexible as we continue to do ministry in our current context. We considered the current rise in positive test results and hospitalizations, the reports of fully vaccinated persons contracting the Delta variant, and the possibility of Covid transmission by persons who have been vaccinated.
Based on the recommendations from the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, the CDC, and state health officials, the Reopening Taskforce has updated the guidelines for Mt. Zion:
We strongly recommend the wearing of masks for individuals of the appropriate age at all indoor ministry activities, including worship. [Note: We trust families to make wise decisions about what is age-appropriate for their children. We also acknowledge that some people may be unable to wear masks because of medical or other conditions.]
To protect our children and youth, those volunteers and staff working with youth and children are required to wear a mask when participating in indoor children’s and youth ministry activities.
- There are no changes to our recommendations for outdoor activities and outdoor worship.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we seek to care for one another and our community in the name of Christ.