Happy New Year! I am praying that 2022 has been off to a blessed start with more of God’s love and presence in your life. I am thankful for how God has led Symphony Church in 2021 as we learned to navigate COVID-19 and its various effects and I look forward to what He has in store for us in the new year.
On that note, as we enter into this new year, we, as a staff, recognize that there are new challenges that have arisen regarding COVID-19. Though vaccines and general safety measures have helped keep us safe and limit transmission, the virus and its variants have continued to affect many people, including some in our church community. Since many within our church body will be traveling to and from Boston this month from various places across the country, we have decided to temporarily implement the following additional safety measures for our in-person worship gatherings to see us through this travel season.
In-Person Registration Form
Beginning this Sunday, January 9th, we will be asking everyone planning to attend services in-person to fill out this registration form prior to arriving for Sunday service. This form will act as a health screening form and as a means of registering to attend Sunday service. We will be implementing a maximum capacity of 50 people at the Symphony Church Office and therefore this form will allow us to best prepare and plan for your visit.
For the remainder of January, we are asking that everyone who is traveling from out of state via public transportation (e.g., planes, trains, etc.) to refrain from attending Symphony in-person worship gatherings if they have traveled within the last 7 days. Instead, we invite you to join us virtually for one Sunday before returning in-person. For example, if you fly into Boston on January 6 from out of state, we ask that you refrain from attending Sunday service in-person on January 9 and instead, join us virtually at symphonychurch.com/live. We plan for this to be only for the month of January as this is a period when many of our members will be returning to Boston from holiday trips and winter breaks.
In addition to these two new safety measures, we will continue to require masks to be worn at all times except when eating or drinking and we will also continue to perform temperature checks prior to entering the worship space.
I am thankful for how we have been able to come together as a community in these times of uncertainty and I am excited to continue to join in God’s work in this city and beyond. Know that I am praying for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or other members of the staff if you have any questions or concerns.