Last week Friday, the state of Illinois moved into Phase 5 of the Illinois reopening plan. While the State of Illinois didn't require churches to follow its mandates, our elders used the CDC and state guidance as we made our decisions to help us gather safely for worship and fellowship over the last year. We are thankful for your patience as we’ve sought to navigate the pandemic with wisdom, patience, and love as both a Session and as a church family.
On Thursday, June 17, the Session of Missio Dei Church removed the mask requirement for worship and all other church ministries in accordance with the governor's order rescinding a statewide facemask requirement. Individuals are still welcome to wear a face-covering or participate or sit socially distant. At this time we will continue to livestream our services.*
We know that each of us has differing positions on these issues, but our calling is to pursue unity over division. One of the most appropriate verses for us during this time comes from the mouth of the Apostle Paul:
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1–3, ESV)
Together for the Gospel,
Pastor Paul Vroom
On behalf of the
Session of Missio Dei Church
*NOTE: This policy change is not meant to apply to your personal health and safety. Please consult your personal health care professional if you have questions about attending worship services with masked or unmasked participants.