COVID SAFETY updATES
Updated Sunday, October 10, 2021
On September 27, 2021, the St. Louis County Department of Health [DPH] issued a new mask mandate for everyone five and older, replacing the mask mandate of July 26, which was blocked in court. There is considerable debate about the legality of this new mandate making it confusing for those who attend church services and want to be consistent in obeying our governing authorities, per Romans 13. So, we’d like to add a little clarity to Wellspring Family Church’s response to this order.
- The Health Order does not require enforcement by any organization or business.
- Following the Health Order is expressly left up to the individual.
- The County has stated it will not enforce the Order except in egregious cases.
- The debate continues as to whether the DPH’s face covering order or the Attorney General’s interpretation of state law will prevail as our governing authority, per Romans 13.
At Wellspring Family Church:
- We abide by Paul’s wisdom to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.” [Philippians 2:3]
- We ask our church family to join us in not judging or criticizing anyone for having a different view on the effectiveness / benefits of masking, for having a different perspective on who is currently our authority on this issue, or for wearing or not wearing a mask.
- We encourage everyone to make wise and responsible choices based on their own research, conscience, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- We will not require masks.
We will continue to monitor the court cases as these matters are settled and will have updates as that occurs.
Updated Tuesday, August 2, 2021
On Tuesday, August 3, a Saint Louis County judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the July 26 mask mandate in Saint Louis County.
Mask wearing at Wellspring Family Church will be a personal decision and we continue to ask that we show respect to our church family in their decisions.
Wellspring will continue to follow Saint Louis County guidelines, and we will update our policy accordingly.
We look forward to worshipping together as a family this Sunday!
We continue to pray for healing for those suffering with COVID, strength for our healthcare workers, and wisdom for government leaders.
Updated Sunday, July 25, 2021
Wellspring will follow the new public health mandate issued by St. Louis County.
As COVID-19 hospitalizations rise and the Delta variant spreads, St. Louis County has revised its public safety guidelines. In compliance, Wellspring Family Church will adopt the following new procedures effective on Monday, July 26, 2021:
- Masks will be required indoors.
This mandate includes everyone 5 and older – including those who are already vaccinated.
Wearing a mask outside, especially in group settings, will be strongly encouraged.
- Exceptions include individuals with disabilities that prevent them from putting on or removing face coverings.
Wellspring is committed to protecting our most vulnerable family members and guests, as well as children under 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccinations.
Wellspring Family Church guidelines are contingent on updates from the CDC and St. Louis County, and may be adjusted based on developing news and information.
We continue to pray for those people suffering from COVID-19 and its effects, and pray for decrease in overall cases worldwide.
Updated Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Beginning Sunday, June 6, we will return to singing at the beginning of the worship service, before the message.