Litchfield is back in the red. We will postpone in-person worship until that is no longer the case. Check the Friday e-blast for the weekly update.
We are delighted to announce that we will be re-starting in-person worship beginning on March 14. It is approaching a year since our lives have been interrupted by the COVID19 pandemic. Now there are vaccines available, and infection rates are dropping. There are reasons for optimism. We still do not know if a vaccinated person can be a carrier of the virus and capable of infecting someone else. We also do not know what impact the new strains of the virus may have.
I know that many of us, myself included, are eager to resume in person worship. I have been following the strong urging of the Standing Committee and our bishops by not having such worship as long as the town of Litchfield is a red zone (See https://portal.ct.gov/
coronavirus/covid-19-data- tracker). Now, for the first time in months, Litchfield is no longer red and we can plan once again to offer in person worship. I propose the following starting on March 14:
1. We will resume in person services on Sunday mornings at 8 and 10 as was our practice before the shutdown. The 8 o’clock service will have not music. The 10 o’clock service will have instrumental music, but no singing.
2. We will continue to offer a streamed service with music that will be performed time to be determined.
3. People attending the in person services will be required to wear masks, have their temperatures taken upon entering the building, use hand sanitizer up entering and maintain at least six feet from other people who are not part of their “pod.” All social conversations will be held outside the building.
Some plans are still in flux. We will keep you updated.