A word from Pastor Paul about Belmont UMC's new mask guidelines (3/21/22)

Dear Belmont Friends,

We are deeply thankful that this past week the CDC criteria named Davidson County as having a community index of “low.” (COVID-19 by County | CDC) With a low community index, the CDC no longer recommends masking for persons who come into contact with high risk individuals. Therefore, beginning next Sunday, March 27, Belmont UMC will no longer require wearing a mask during worship services or in common hallways. We will continue to allow individual Sunday school classes and ministry groups to make decisions about masking in their ministry areas. Currently, our children’s ministry is conducting a survey with our leaders, children, and parents. As we await feedback, we will continue to ask everyone to remain masked in the Weekday School and children’s ministry areas. We will be responsive if, and when, community transmission might rise and return to requiring masks, if necessary.

We appreciate how patiently and lovingly our membership has navigated these past two years. Throughout this pandemic, we have shared a covenant of care and trust with one another. We have sought to be guided by science and a focus on those more vulnerable around us. Let us continue to be mindful and supportive of those who need to or choose to wear a mask. With this new mask optional policy, please know that you can sit anywhere in the sanctuary, but for now we are asking everyone sitting in the section nearest to 21st Avenue and in the balcony to continue wearing a mask.

As we move into this new phase of our communal life, we welcome your feedback. I invite you to contact me, Gayle Sullivan, Jeff Sheehan, Jennifer Bagwell, or Angie Slade, with whom it has been such an honor to share this Covid regathering work. We hope to see you in church very soon!

Pastor Paul