Dear Bethel Family,
As you may have heard, on August 25th the BC Government reintroduced a mandate making masks mandatory in public places, as well as soon requiring proof of vaccination. Later this week, they provided some clarity around worship gatherings and have explicitly said that masks and proof of vaccinations are recommended but not required to attend worship services. (If you would like further reading, there is a link at the bottom of this letter to the BC CDC website with more details.)
Our approach to COVID regulations throughout this entire pandemic has been an effort to keep each other safe and make Jesus look good. In response to this, and in conversation with the Elders and Worship Committee at Bethel, we are taking the following approach to our worship services starting August 29th:
1. Masks are recommended while in the building unless you are in your seat.
2. We will continue to have a “Comfortable” and “Cautious” section in the sanctuary. For those seated in “Cautious,” we request that masks remain on for the entire service.
3. Singing is allowed but optional.
This has been a discouraging announcement for many people that I’ve spoken with, and for me as well! I thought we were done with masks, and yet they have returned. Despite this, I was reminded today of Lamentations 3:19-23 which says:
“…my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
God’s grace is enough for us, Bethel, and I pray that we will continue to trust his grace each moment of each day.
Terry Christie, Congregational Chair & Pastor Jon Reesor