The Session of Overland Park Presbyterian met August 18th to discuss whether we should resume masking during worship. The Session voted to require masks to be worn in church during worship. This is effective as of August 18th, 2021. This is the only change we are making at this time. We will continue gathering in the Sanctuary for Worship at 11:00 a.m. and we encourage you to gather on the lawn after the service to catch up with each other and share time together. Masks are not required outdoors.
The decision to do this comes in light of the rise of the delta variant of COVID-19, surging hospitalizations in the greater Kansas City area, and that the Lutheran council has shifted their policy within the last week to strongly recommending that all persons should wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
Session will be evaluating our masking policies on a regular basis. We pray that the current surge in infections will be over and that we will be able to return to mask optional worship soon. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
It is important for everyone to know that we are not pressuring people to come if they feel it is unsafe. We speak of our worship space as a sanctuary, a safe space, a holy place. If coming together makes you feel unsafe, then we encourage you to wait until you feel it is safe. Regardless of whether we are together in each other’s presence, or together separately, we know that nothing is able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:39).
About Overland Park Presbyterian Church
Overland Park Presbyterian Church is a place where we affirm the following:
Because God is love, God calls us to create a community that is open and accepting. We do this by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our neighborhood.
Overland Park Presbyterian Church is a member of PC(USA). We are an inter-generational congregation with both older and younger members and know that we are incomplete without each other. We believe that God has called us to be together. Come explore life, faith, and all the messiness that it entails as we seek God’s kingdom here on earth.