Our experiences with small group meetings are going well. No major issues have arisen, and we feel more confident about how other meetings may go. Any other small groups that wish to begin to meet on campus should apply for permission through Robie Evans. Church groups are free to meet off campus. Vaccinations are recommended. Mask wearing should continue. Of course anyone with symptoms should not participate. Each group leader should keep track of those who attend. Larger groups, up to about 30 people, will now be permitted to meet on campus. Please apply through Robie Evans to get the okay. The on-campus mask "mandate" continues, along with the other recommendations set out for small groups. The church has acquired a portable sound system which could help facilitate large group meetings.
About outdoor worship services: Sites such as the park in the South Bay area where the farewell for Rev. Tania will be held may be suitable for South Bay services. This is being investigated. For Hillcrest, renting a large enough canopy and other requirements and costs are being looked into.
About indoor worship services: Improved meeting house air circulation may allow for Hillcrest services while the weather remains warm enough. Heating work remains to be done before services in colder weather can happen. A possible target date of sometime in September is being looked at but no decision has been made.
Budget constraints remain with respect to holding any in-person worship services, inside or out. The church budget is up for approval at our general meeting on June 20. Passage of the budget will help clarify these considerations. A red-yellow-green system of personal badges is being looked at. Red badge: for whatever reasons I request appropriate social distance please. Yellow badge: approaching me is okay but please no physical contact. Green badge: I'm comfortable interacting as we did before the pandemic.
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