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Rev. Kathy Dwyer shakes the hand of a man at the door to the Rock Spring sanctuary.

Update on Reopening

August 5, 2021

Dear Rock Spring Friends,

What have been some of the highlights of your summer so far? For us, the standouts include netting bluegill, grilling burgers over charcoal, watching hummingbirds battle each other over a feeder, and laps in the pool. Whatever your pursuits these past few weeks, we hope that summer has included some space for playtime and ease.

As we approach summer’s midway point, on August 7, we wanted to write to express our hopes for seeing many of you at church before too long. As you may have heard, as part of our Phase 2 reopening, small groups are returning to campus, and Elizabeth is making plans for the choir to rehearse together in-person for the first time in well over a year (there really is no substitute for singing together!). Most excitingly, we are making plans to return to in-person worship on Sunday, September 12. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Rock Spring!

The staff and deacons have shown a lot of creativity in strategizing what worship will look like, balancing our excitement about being together again with ensuring the safety of our entire Rock Spring community and the ability for all to participate, whether in the Sanctuary or online. We will continue to ask that all Rock Spring campus visitors mask up while indoors to protect each other regardless of vaccination status. We will not open the nursery or have traditional Sunday school initially, and there will be a space in the Sanctuary designed to welcome young Rock Springers and their families with quiet activities as they participate in worship.

As you might expect, things will look a little different when we return. We anticipate returning with one worship service, at 10:00 a.m., at ¼ of the sanctuary’s capacity (50 people), initially. Registration will be required both to ensure we adhere to our capacity limit and to provide for contact tracing should it be needed. The congregation will not sing but may be invited to hum. Coffee hour will be outdoors. More details about all of this will be provided soon.

As we have from the beginning, we will continue to take it one step at a time, continuing to live into our covenant of loving our neighbor.

We are sending you a million blessings for summer’s second half and look forward to being in worship with many of you in a few short weeks.

Peace and grace,

Vince Meehan, Council Chair
Rob Rainhart, Vice Chair