Given the rapid decline in COVID cases and the high vaccination rate in our community, we will begin to relax some of the COVID mitigation measures at St. Peter’s in line with State of Illinois guidance. As always, these are subject to change based on evolving health conditions in our area.

We know that many of us at St. Peter’s have different perspectives on the changes described below. Please continue to be respectful of the choices others make and work together to support one another as we navigate this next phase of the pandemic.

Beginning at our Sunday, March 6th worship service, mask wearing will become optional for all activities regardless of vaccination status with a couple of exceptions. Leaders will continue to wear masks while they care for the young in the child care room. Choirs will continue to be masked while singing. Just as last year, the balcony will be reserved for people wearing masks during worship. For those who would like to worship at home or while away, we will continue to livestream Sunday morning services. Over the coming weeks, we will start to reintroduce familiar practices like coffee hour.

March 2nd is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our Lenten journey towards Easter. Whether in person or online we look forward to celebrating this season of reflection and renewal together as one St. Peter’s community. Please note that the mask mandate remains in effect for the Ash Wednesday service.

Yours in Christ,

St. Peter’s Church Council and Pastors