What’s the Buzz?

Friend and colleague The Rev. Ed Cornell, pastor of First Church of Christ in Saybrook (the latest church to enter fellowship with the United Church of Christ) has been taking the occasional measure of how different congregations in our area are progressing with their regathering process.  The responses, as you would expect, are varied, though it does appear that our congregation is pretty well aligned with local trends going forward.

Most churches are still maintaining distancing, many on the honor system.  Some are recommending masks only for the unvaccinated, and none are requiring proof of vaccination.  One or two churches have returned to unmasked singing, though most still ask for “holy humming” or soft singing.  There have been no reports of live full choirs, but some are featuring vocal soloists or duos.  Many services include congregational praying or speaking behind masks; in one church, only the pastor is allowed to speak unmasked.  None mentioned the issue that currently vexes me:  how to welcome children who are not yet vaccinated in a voluntarily masked environment.  One respondent seemed frustrated by the “honor system,” and another wearily noted they were completely unmasked, returned to full singing, and “tired of the fight.”  There is surely a story somewhere behind that one.

It has been a challenging time for all of us, churches included, as we continue to find the safest and most responsible way to welcome folks back to live in-person worship.  I think we have a good balance at the United Church of Chester, and we are continuing to take note of the low incidence of infection in our area and staying abreast of ever-changing best practices.  We are keeping our fingers crossed (with folded hands) that the Delta variant will not contribute to a surge in our Tri-Town region, and will respond appropriately if it does.

This Fourth of July weekend will feature the sacrament of communion:  if you are joining us in person, please feel free to bring your own water bottle - if not, one will be provided, as will our unleavened crackers.  After Sunday’s service I’m off for a week’s vacation, and I am excited and grateful that Claudia Epright will lead worship on July 11.  Whether it is face to face, or face to Facebook Live, I’ll see you this Sunday!

Sunday July 4, 2021 Bulletin
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