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Most Recent Information Regarding In-Person Services
The following email was sent out to the Cherry Hills Church family on August 4, 2021:
Cherry Hills Family,
God is doing incredible things in our midst, and we are excited to see how He will continue to work as we head into the Fall. We have continued to see more people return to in-person worship services each week, and a number of new people joining our church family. However, we are facing, yet again, a rise in Covid numbers in our area, with a newly recognized high degree of transference.
The Lord has entrusted us to shepherd, love and protect our church family to the best of our ability and that is why beginning this Sunday, August 8, we are strongly encouraging all adults (vaccinated or unvaccinated) to wear a mask when gathering for our Sunday morning worship services. This is not a mandate, but we pray that you will consider wearing a mask as an act of loving one another and being good neighbors to our community, including the medical professionals responding to this wave of Covid.
Our Kids and Middle School Ministry will require masks during their Sunday morning and Wednesday night gatherings, and High School Ministry will strongly encourage all students to wear a mask as they gather on Sunday nights. If you are a parent of a child in one of these ministries, please look for an additional email from the ministry leader of that area with further details or click HERE.
We are not making this decision out of fear or panic, but as a prayerful response to what we see happening in our community and the experiences inside our church family the past several weeks. Several factors have contributed to this decision:
1. In the past several weeks, we have received news of positive tests in our children’s, middle school and high school ministries, as well as adult gatherings. This has resulted in many people needing to quarantine and get tested. We want to do our part to stop the spread of the transmission of Covid.
2. Due to the rise in numbers nationwide, on July 27, the CDC updated recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission (Sangamon County is considered high in the level of community transmission). On August 2, the Sangamon County Health Department adopted the CDC’s recommendation.
3. We have talked to multiple doctors and medical advisors in our church family that recommend we follow the CDC and IDPH recommendations of masking at a minimum, until numbers of new cases go down and stay down. We have followed the advice of these trusted friends throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so.
We recognize that this issue comes with many layers and feelings. As a reminder, one of our core values is Relating Rightly, and whether one chooses to wear a mask or not or get vaccinated or not, the goal of any church is not uniformity (where we all have to agree on everything), but unity (where even in our disagreements we choose to stand by one another in love and grace). So as we continue to seek to pursue life together, let’s love one another even in our differences on this issue. As always, if for any reason you are not ready to attend in person, we invite you to join us online at: https://cherryhillsfamily.org/
Thank you for your patience, kindness and cooperation as we approach, yet again, a new phase. Believe us when we say, we as your leaders are exhausted with all of this as well and pray this is a short-term measure. But despite all of these challenges, we continue to see God work in our church family and we are excited for the future. Together, let’s live the words of Philippians 3: 13-14 – “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
See you Sunday,
Cherry Hills Leadership