When Can We Move Forward Unmasked?

As we have shared with you previously, we want to make decisions that are both sensible and sensitive, responsible, and forward-moving in hope. We also want to ensure that we work to protect the unity of the body of Christ at all times.

While it may appear a long way off, we hope to make some adjustments in how we structure kids and youth programming at Randall starting January 2022, and wanted to share an update with you regarding this now, so we can communicate that plan well in advance. 

Since September, we have been requesting that while participating in our children and youth programs, everyone (both children and leaders) wear masks while indoors regardless of vaccination status. This includes Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and Thursday nights.

As most of you are aware, earlier last week a Covid-19 vaccine became an option for those families who desire to immunize their children 5 years and older, where it had previously not been available.

Therefore, in order to give ample time for those families wishing to vaccinate, we are tentatively planning on lifting our children’s and youth ministry mask policy beginning in January 2022, as long as the conditions for our region are not climbing beyond substantial or high transmission.  We will re-confirm our decision at that point to be sure the proposed plan here can move forward as scheduled.  

We believe this is consistent to how we have applied church masking policies as a whole, as well as how we responded  when vaccines became available to adults. Throughout this pandemic, we have taken the position that we have a responsibility to love one another well and to look out for one another. 

We desire to be a tangible example of the love of Jesus, both for those who are already in our flock, as well as those who are still far from Christ. As Philippians 2:3 tells us, “in humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”

So, thank you, again, for how well you have demonstrated being a caring and loving church during these times. This too shall pass. Praise be to God!

Pastor Milo



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