Dear ESUMC members and friends,
Greetings and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we are all aware, stricter regulations regarding the pandemic go into effect today across Austria. These new regulations also impact the life of our congregation.
Below please take note of new regulations regarding worship and fellowship for both ESUMC and the Fünfhaus congregation, which shall be in effect as of this Sunday 19 September.
Worship. All persons entering the church building for worship shall provide evidence of 3-G compliance. That is, one of the following (digital or print) must be shown upon entry:
- a certificate of full vaccination
- a certificate of recovery
- a negative Covid test (within 48 hours for a PCR test, within 24 hours for an antigen test)
regulation shall be in effect for all adults and children aged 6 years
or older. However, for children ages 6 to 12, the validity period of a
negative Covid test is longer (72 hours for a PCR test, 48 hours for an
antigen test). Parents, we strongly encourage you to bring your child
with an official test result, such as the Ninja Pass. If this is not
possible, with your consent your child can be tested at church with a
nasal swab rapid antigen test.
Ushers will be posted at the front entrance door starting at 10:45 on Sunday morning to confirm 3-G documentation. Please kindly be prepared to show your documentation, to ease the burden being placed on our volunteer ushers serving in this important role. For persons arriving before 10:45 (such as those providing leadership for worship), Pastor John will confirm documentation.
After entering the building, worshipers will sign their names on the registration form as usual, receive a hymnal, and proceed to their seats.
Inside the building, masks are not required to be worn. However, out of an abundance of caution for those more vulnerable to the virus, we encourage mask wearing while indoors.
Coffee Hour Fellowship. When the weather permits, we shall continue to enjoy fellowship after the service outdoors in the garden as usual. When the weather is poor, a brief time of fellowship will be offered indoors, and all are welcome.
Choir Rehearsal. Rehearsals following worship shall continue as usual.
Dear friends, I recognize that these new regulations place an additional burden on participation in worship, and that there may be some who may not join us for worship. We shall continue to broadcast the worship service via Zoom and Livestream as usual.
It is with great sadness that the virus continues to spread here in Austria, and that disruptions to daily life persist. As a Christian congregation, we have a responsibility to support efforts in the wider society to protect the vulnerable and do our part in defeating this pandemic. As noted, the Fünfhaus congregation shall also abide by these regulations, as together we unite in Christian solidarity.
I thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please feel free to be in contact with me if you have any questions or concerns.
May God bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe and in peace.
Yours in Christ, Pastor John