New Mask Policy

Greetings John Calvin Family,


If you have not heard already, we have changed the mask policy for worship and church events:

  • The ribbons in the sanctuary have been removed.
    • Households and ‘bubbles’ are asked to continue to be socially distant from others regardless of vaccination status.
  • We are asking that those who attend worship or events at the church continue to wear their mask when entering and exiting the church.
    • When stationary, masks are optional for those who have been fully vaccinated*.
    • We continue to trust that those who are not fully vaccinated, or are otherwise more comfortable doing so, will continue to wear a mask for the safety of themselves and others.
  • In-person singing will continue to be enjoyed at the end of the service while masked.

No doubt this compromise position will be a relief to some and a challenge for others. Please know that your Session set this policy with the safety and comfort of our members, friends, and visitors at the forefront of our considerations. We realize that this is not as open as some other congregations (some of which have been meeting without masks for months) and also not nearly as restrictive as others (some of which still continue to meet only online), but feel that this is the best course of action for the time being. Several things went into this decision including the current State and CDC guidance, our current population, and a desire to give more freedom to those who are fully vaccinated while not discriminating against or segregating those who have not done so. That being said, I encourage anyone who is able to be vaccinated to do so, not only for yourself but also for those around you. We hope that this policy will encourage our members and friends to continue to or start gathering for in-person worship while considering the safety and health of themselves and those around them as well.


If you have any question or comments, I would be happy to answer to the best of my ability.


Thank you for your continued commitment to one another, 


Rev. Aaron Ochart

(864) 979-1071