Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update — Feb. 22, 2022
Masking Optional

Dear Spring Hill Presbyterian Church Family,

Over the last two years our congregation’s Coronavirus Commission has worked diligently, prayerfully, and responsibly to guide our church family through the uncharted waters of ministry in the time of COVID. When the Omicron variant of the virus resulted in a rapid rise of infections and hospitalizations our Commission decided to return to requiring masks at SHPC. At that time, we shared the hope that this would be a temporary measure in effect until the risk for our community diminished. I am writing you now to let you know that the Commission has decided to change our policy at the church to make masking optional. While many in our church will choose to no longer wear masks, many others will continue to do so. We want to make sure that everyone is empowered to make their own health decisions. Thus, we will continue to be a “mask-friendly” congregation.

This is an important transition moment in our process of returning to more normalcy, but it is critical for us all to remember that the virus is still something that we need to take seriously. If you have any symptoms (even if you suspect or “know” that they are being caused by something else) you need to stay home. If you have been exposed to someone with the virus, you need to follow CDC protocols. If you are in a “high risk category” please take CDC-recommended precautions. Vaccinations, boosters, and testing are all still important. Also, we need to be aware that if trends change or new variants emerge, we may need to return to wearing masks. I certainly hope and pray that this will not be the case.

As difficult as the past two years have been, I am so thankful for prayerful dedication and faithful flexibility of this church family. We have weathered this storm together and have discovered new gifts along the way.

Grace and Peace,
Buz Wilcoxon
Senior Pastor