Trinity UMC of Alexandria

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2911 Cameron Mills Road , Alexandria, VA 22302
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COVID Safety Protocol Update at Trinity Church

March 2, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Peace be with you on this first day of the season of Lent. 

In response to the recent change of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) standards and guidelines and falling COVID-19 transmission rates in Alexandria, Trinity’s Post COVID-19 Recovery Group (PRG) and Church Council met last Sunday to discuss and vote on easing public health safety measures concerning wearing a mask or face covering at Trinity United Methodist Church.  

Throughout the past few years, we have been led by John Wesley's Three Simple Rules: Do no harm, Do good, and Stay in Love with God. We have based our safety guidelines and protocols on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). We have responded to changing needs and circumstances taking into account COVID-19 rates, variants, and vaccination availability.  

As of February 26, 2022, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) assessed the level of community transmission in Alexandria at 4.9%, which corresponds to a LOW rating. On February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance on community risk evaluations and broadly eased recommendations for wearing masks indoors. Currently, the CDC assesses that Alexandria is in a LOW risk category.  

Considering this data, projected trends, updated regulatory guidance, high rates of vaccination status in Alexandria, availability of vaccines (to include booster shots) and rapid test kits, Trinity’s PRG voted to approve the following measures:

Effective Sunday, March 13, 2022

  • Trinity UMC will adopt a mask optional policy for in-person worship and daily church operations.
  • Ministry programs (Youth Group, Waffle Church, Children’s ministries, choir, etc.) may choose to institute additional safety measures (i.e. masking, social distancing) in consultation with their leaders. 

We recognize that even as COVID-19 rates drop and mask restrictions ease, there are families with young children, immunocompromised individuals and others unable to be vaccinated. We remain mindful of, respectful of, and careful for those around us who are most vulnerable. We will continue to be vigilant to the changing needs of our community and monitor COVID-19 rates so we can respond accordingly to evolving public health conditions. Trinity will institute a tiered mask posture system as a means to communicate to the congregation when masking should be taken into consideration during heightened periods of virus transmissibility (mask optional, mask recommended, mask required).

We take this next step with much hope and deep care, praying we remain faithful to how God calls us as a church and as a people. We pray this season of Lent can be one of renewal as we look forward to the promise that comes at Easter. 

Sincerely,

Bryce Benson, PRG Chair

Rev. Grace Han, Pastor

Trinity UMC of Alexandria

703-549-5500