Updated April 9, 2021
To the congregation at Deerfoot Church of Christ, from your elders:
The Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, has decided not to extend the mask mandate that expired on April 9th.
However, the elders of Deerfoot Church of Christ strongly suggest we continue wearing masks and maintain 6-foot social distancing (6SFD) for a few more weeks. We anticipate returning to normal services and gatherings on May 16th, if conditions continue to improve.
The reasons we think it necessary to continue with masks and 6FSD are:
- When worshiping and in Bible classes we are sitting in enclosed spaces. The reporting on how the virus spreads indicates this is the kind of environment that presents a heightened risk. We have modified the HVAC systems with additional filtering which is more effective with a smaller audience and less restrictive air flow.
- When worshiping we are singing which is one of the most likely sources of increased exposure.
- When we are together, we have several persons who are in the “at risk” category in the audience. We need to protect them as best we can while allowing everyone that desires to worship together.
- By mid-May, everyone who wants an inoculation should have it by then. The so called “herd immunity” should be in effect.
For those worshiping from home, we will continue to livestream the services and adult Bible classes on our website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. If you are sick, if your health is vulnerable or if you are concerned about your health as we meet together, please stay home. You will be part of our worship assembly by viewing our livestream during services.
We will continue to provide individually packaged Lord’s Supper unleavened bread & fruit of the vine at the back of the auditorium for you to pick up as you enter. Empty containers can be properly disposed at the building exits. At the end of service, appointed men will be taking up the collection for the saints at the same auditorium doors.
Prior to and at the conclusion of the service, please fellowship outside, allowing for the 6FSD for others to move freely through the pathways, hallways and lobby.
We anticipate returning to the normal compliment of Bible classes and worship services on Sunday, May 16th, including Sunday night and Wednesday night, and streaming of those services will continue.
Thank you again for your kindness, generosity, and support. We love you.
PLEASE, regardless of your personal feelings toward COVID-19 and the response, help us adhere to these guidelines, including 6FSD, to ensure each other’s well-being and in keeping with Romans 13:1. We look forward to the day we can hug and shake hands.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the elders or email us at email@example.com.
In His holy name,
The shepherds of Deerfoot Church of Christ