Update to In-Person COVID Guidelines in Greenwich and Darien
May 27, 2021
Dear Trinity Church Family,
We are so grateful for God’s faithfulness in our church through all the changes of this past season. God has used both our online and in-person gatherings to further his purposes. We continue to be committed to providing a high-quality Livestream service at 9:45 am on Sundays and are excited to provide a new Livestream approach coming later this summer.
Today, however, we are sharing some new information about our in-person services going forward. In consultation with the State of Connecticut, our rental venues at the Hyatt and Noroton Presbyterian Church, our Senior Leadership Team, Elders, and many local clergy, we will be adjusting our in-person gathering policies to reflect the changes that have occurred more broadly in our society.
Beginning this Sunday, May 30th:
For adults and teens:
- Masks are now optional for vaccinated individuals during worship services.
- Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks during indoor worship services.
- We will no longer require social distancing or pre-registration to attend worship services.
- Children ages 3 to 12 and their Trinity Kids leaders will continue to wear masks.
- Registration and check-in will still be required for our Trinity Kids programs.
- Nursery will be available again in Greenwich starting on June 13th. Nursery workers will wear masks but children under 3 will not be expected to wear masks in the nursery. (We hope to have an update soon about nursery availability in Darien).
- The Radisson in New Rochelle is currently maintaining their capacity and mask requirements, and thus these will apply at our upcoming preview service in Westchester.
Living this out Together
We acknowledge that the pandemic has brought to the surface a wide range of emotions and viewpoints on how churches should handle re-gathering and safety decisions. As we process these changes, there are those who may feel they are happening too quickly and others who would have wished for them to occur many months ago. We name this unavoidable tension that will happen at times as a church body, and are grateful for the patience, flexibility, and grace that you have all shown during this time.
Going forward, we can envision that our services will be a mix of masked and unmasked people, with some choosing to wear masks for various reasons. As apprentices of Jesus, we have an opportunity to model humility and self-giving love for one another (Philippians 2:18). Our witness is strengthened when this is lived out and weakened when it’s lacking. During this messy period of many organizations and businesses adjusting to the latest guidelines, we invite every person who calls this church home to pursue the way of Jesus in our interactions with one another.
We continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance for us in the days ahead, and that we would be an example of a gracious, unified people even in the midst of differing viewpoints and perspectives. Thank you for the ways you have loved and served each other over the past fifteen months. By God’s grace, let us continue in that spirit of unity. We fully trust that God has great things ahead for this community.
Grace and Peace,
Ben Valentine, Jake Kircher, Christine Dorvil, Andy Hayball
Additional note: The Hyatt has asked us to communicate an encouragement toward mask-wearing when social distancing is not possible.