After receiving feedback from members of our congregation regarding difficulty hearing during our Sunday Morning Worship Gatherings we have made updates to our Mask Policy at Salt Creek Baptist Church. We reviewed the state mask policy published December 3, 2020 and found that there is an exception made for those speaking to an audience when clear communication is not possible. It is our determination, based on feedback we have received, that clear communication is not taking place regularly on Sunday morning. So we have determined that those speaking from the stage can remove their masks so that they can be understood by all in attendance as well as those watching on screen. Those speaking without a mask must maintain a minimum of six feet distance from others. Audience or congregation members who are in person must remain masked. Attached below is the updated mask policy. We hope that this change allows for better hearing for those members who have struggled to understand what was being spoken and that all persons realize that this exception is in keeping with the state mask policy.
Attached is our updated mask and face covering policy for your information. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and understanding in this matter. Below is the original post:
The following is from our Salt Creek Baptist Church Deacon Board:
I hope you are all having a good week. There is so much to be thankful for.
One of the things I am thankful for is the church leadership and the effort they have all put into navigating the unusual situation that the COVID-19 has put us in. As you know, there have been a lot of things for the deacon board and pastors to discuss and make decisions on. I have enjoyed the willingness for the board members and the pastors to speak openly with each other and accept other opinions in a gracious manner. Seeking the heart of God has been the focus, loving people our desire, listening to each other our posture.
This week’s issue has been the state requirement for face coverings at all indoor public gatherings, even with social distancing. There are a lot of opinions on this requirement and it brings up emotions in all of us. Comfort, rebellion, anger, embarrassment, fear, etc. As the deacons were putting together a plan for Salt Creek Baptist to follow, we chose to center our hearts around our desire to love people, both our congregation and our community. We first and foremost want to create an environment that is safe for all that attend. We want to communicate to our community that we care about them and their safety.
From this perspective, we put together a plan of how we would respond to the new requirement. Requiring face coverings at indoor gatherings, with exceptions, is not where we hoped to be. It is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and can make us feel embarrassed. But, if that is what it takes to communicate that we care about other’s safety, we are willing to do it. Please read the attached policy for more details.
I am so thankful for the constant outpouring of love that comes from the Salt Creek community, and I am confident that face coverings will not be a barrier for that love.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let us know. We want to maintain the posture of listening.
On behalf of the deacons, with love,