Updated March 24, 2021
Dear Grace community,
As we continue to long for an end to the pandemic, we rejoice in the ways we have continued to experience God's love through this community, and the ways we have been able to participate in God's good work together. Vaccines and downward case trajectories are bringing us hope, and yet we balance our desire to gather again with a need to have continued patience and concern for the most vulnerable among us.
In March 2021, the Session approved a revision of our initial re-gathering plan based on recommendations from the Covid-19 Safety Task Team, reconvened to revise the policy in light of new data, best practices, and vaccination realities. You can find the full plan below.
You'll find a summary of the phases of re-gathering below. At this time, we are in "Outdoor Limited" phase, which allows small groups of 15 or fewer to meet outdoors with masks, distancing, and santizing protocols followed.
Note that virtual options will continue throughout the plan and that any in-person gatherings-- outdoor or indoor, in any phase-- require masks, physical distancing, and discretion for high-risk groups.
|Phase||Safer at Home||Limited Outdoor||Expanded Outdoor||Limited Indoor||Expanded Indoor|
|Criteria||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are at or above 20/100K, and/or cases in the county are increasing significantly for 2+ weeks.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 20/100K.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 10/100K.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 5/100K, and/or local vaccination rates are at least 50%.||Documented new daily cases of Covid-19 in Fairfax County are below 1-3/100K, and/or local vaccination rates are at least 70%.|
|Summary of allowed activities||All worship and activities are virtual||Outdoor groups up to 15 with precautions||Outdoor worship up to 100, outdoor groups up to 50 with precautions||Indoor worship up to 75, indoor groups up to 25 with precautions||Indoor worship with expanded attendance, indoor groups up to 50 with precautions|
We continue to pray for you all. And we invite you to contact us anytime, in the church office or by email for ways this community can support you or answer your questions and concerns.
Pastor Ben and Pastor Katie