Please note that the CDC has updated their recommendations on masking based upon the latest data on COVID surges due to the Delta variant. While Christ Church is not requiring masks for the fully vaccinated*, the CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission (like NE Florida). There is no change for those who are unvaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated are still asked to wear a mask inside and to take all steps to mitigate the spread of Covid, such as practicing social distance and proper hand hygiene.
*Until vaccines are readily available for children under age 12, masks are required for all children age 2+ when indoors at Christ Church. This includes the nursery and children’s formation. Masks are also required for all volunteers and staff when in classrooms with children, whether or not they are vaccinated.
Dear Christ Church Parishioners,
As you know, in Northeast Florida we are in the epicenter of spread of the Delta variant of Covid. Our hospitals are full or mostly full. Overwhelmingly, those who are sick are the unvaccinated.
The unvaccinated fall into three categories:
- Children, who cannot be vaccinated,
- The Immune-compromised, who cannot be vaccinated,
- Those who can be vaccinated, but choose not to be vaccinated.
To be clear, those who choose not to be vaccinated are putting children and the immune-compromised in danger, UNLESS they wear masks in public places and practice all of the relevant Covid mitigation measures (social distance, wash hands, etc.). If you don’t want to be vaccinated, that is your right. In that case, please wear a mask indoors. It is a simple, loving, Christian thing to do.
At Christ Church, masks will continue to be voluntary for those who have been fully vaccinated. Conversely, at Christ Church, those who have NOT been fully vaccinated should wear a mask indoors.
Those who have been fully vaccinated yet have comorbidities might want to consider wearing a mask indoors. Please consult your physician.
If you can, please get vaccinated. Thus far, 3.83 billion people have been safely vaccinated across the world. Do it for the children. Do it for those who cannot get vaccinated. Do it for our doctors, nurses, medical professionals, first responders, and other essential workers.
If you are sick, or think that you are getting sick, please stay home. Our livestreams of Sunday worship continue.
Those who have been fully vaccinated are always still welcome to wear a mask at Church and to refrain from the wine of Holy Communion, as you prefer and as you are comfortable.
A gentle reminder, children ages 2 to 11, as well as volunteers who minister to them, are asked to be masked in all inside spaces on our campus. In solidarity with them, the clergy, who have all been fully vaccinated, will wear masks when not speaking, and while delivering the children’s homily.
From the start of Covid, here at Christ Church we have tried to organize our response by asking the Christian question, “What is the most loving thing to do?” Please do that. Ask yourself, when it comes to Covid, what is the most loving thing to do?
We will get through this together, if we all do our loving part.