Dear Faith family and friends:
THANK YOU! While it has been a difficult year for us all, you have helped make the ministries of Faith Church safe and enjoyable by graciously following our guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Your patience, understanding, and cooperation as guidelines have changed over the past year is so appreciated. We also know that as we make these changes today, and more in the future, that you will continue to help Faith Church work to keep everyone safe by following these guidelines.
As we strive to offer a warm and welcoming environment at our in-person worship gatherings, we've worked with a team of medical professionals, elected officials, church leaders and more to update our guidelines for in-person worship to prioritize the health of friends and neighbors in our community and beyond.
NEW guidelines for attending Sunday worship gatherings in person in the sanctuary and Cafe
Following the new CDC guidelines, Faith Church will no longer require masks during church activities for people who are fully vaccinated. We consider people to be "fully vaccinated":
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
We ask those who are not fully vaccinated to please continue wearing a mask, and that anyone who is immunocompromised to continue following the guidance of health care providers as it relates to masking.
Please know: If you are just more comfortable wearing a mask, we invite you to do so. We will continue to provide masks before our worship gatherings if you need one.
Since children are not currently able to be vaccinated, masks will continue to be required for both children and volunteers in our Sunday morning children’s ministry.
Social Distancing and Surface Cleaning
With social distancing guidelines changing, beginning Sunday, May 23, the ribbons in the sanctuary will be removed to allow for more seating there. The Café will remain open and set up with our current social distancing guidelines if you prefer to worship in person but with more space around you.
We will continue to serve coffee in the Café only, and we will not be passing offering plates or communion trays during worship. We will also continue with our current cleaning practices and have hand sanitizer readily available throughout the building.
During the Week
Since child care centers are still requiring children and staff to wear masks, we ask that if you come to the church between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, that you wear a mask while in all common areas accessible to our children and staff (hallways, restroom, kitchen).
If you have an event scheduled at the church and are unsure of the guidelines, please contact the church office at 814-355-3358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again: Thank you for following previous guidelines as well as following these updated guidelines so that we can strive to keep everyone safe and healthy.
As always, we ask that anyone who is experiencing a fever, a cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, flu, or a cold to please stay home.
Check out our digital bulletin. Keep up with everything going on at Faith online at bellefontefaith.com/bulletin. If you have a question about an event, a ministry, or most anything, stop and chat on Sunday mornings with the friendly folks at the Connection Table in the sanctuary lobby, just outside of the sanctuary doors.
Bring your tithes and offerings. You can place them in a secure offering box available as you enter or exit in either the sanctuary or Cafe. You can also place prayer request or other pew cards here before or after worship.
Bring your own coffee. Coffee and snacks are available in the Cafe but will not be served in the lobby. Grab a cup down in the Cafe and bring it to the sanctuary with you!