Worship @ FSPresby
Grace and Peace to you,
From the Session of Faithful Shepherd
The Session of Faithful Shepherd met on Monday May 17th for its regular monthly meeting and discussed in length the expiring mask mandate, our shared worship experience, and the diverse facets that make up church life here at Faithful Shepherd.
At the meeting, the elders shared unique perspectives and views while listening to one another. Undoubtedly, these different perspectives and views are shared by members of the congregation. In the midst of our meeting, we stopped to pray for God’s guidance and grace to flow through our discussion and help us discern the next steps together.
From this meeting came actions and steps that will form how we gather for and experience worship and fellowship here at the church.
Here are some of the details of decisions made and actions taken:
Masks: The Session asks that you continue to wear a mask here at Faithful Shepherd, with some exceptions (see next item). At the heart of this decision is the desire to fully welcome all people to our church. We especially miss the presence of families with children who are not yet able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This action is in effect on a month-to-month basis and will be re-evaluated at the June 21st Session meeting.
Exceptions to wearing masks: The Session has made wearing masks voluntary for small group gatherings (10 people or fewer) of fully vaccinated people. Examples of small groups include study groups and committee meetings. Another exception for mask wearing is for fully vaccinated worship leaders and singers (see next item).
Singing and music in worship: Look for some changes coming in the worship experience regarding music. Session has approved live-singing (unmasked, if vaccinated) for our worship leaders and praise band.
Family & kid friendly worship elements: Children’s moment and coloring activity sheets will return to the worship experience. One thing that brings a unique energy to our worship is the presence of a wide-range of ages. This presence has been missed. From young to old, we seek to gather as one body to worship and praise God together!
Child care: The Nursery will be re-opening on May 30th as a space to be if it’s needed for young children during worship. Specific guidelines for the nursery will be posted and communicated with families.
Our shared journey: The elders of this church and I are here to journey with you as you seek the next step in your own spiritual walk. We rejoice as vaccinations are a reality and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to trend downward.
We each offer different perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints when it comes to the continued response to COVID-19. We are all on this journey together, and together we will remain a faithful and vibrant church.
If you have questions or would like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any member of the Session.
Pastor Nick and the Faithful Shepherd Session:
Pat Ackerman, Steve Drager, Kelly Egger, Steve Hope, David Hurst,
Marian Lord, John Miller, Lois Stage, Katie Wittrig