UPDATE ON COVID AND TFCA SERVICES & EVENTS (January 24, 2022)
As we all continue to deal with the challenges and risks related to COVID-19 and its variants, the leadership of TFCA continues to closely monitor both the CDC’s recommended guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Orders related to the pandemic.
The CDC is now recommending that those who are fully vaccinated “should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission” so as to prevent breakthrough infection as well as the spread of the virus to others. As of January 24, 2022, Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Falls Church City are classified as “high.” For those that are unvaccinated, the CDC recommends full vaccination and wearing a mask indoors at all times.
We continue to hold to our current guidelines for worship services and events:
Our in-person Sunday services are not limited in capacity nor do they require pre-registration, however, some ministry events do have capacity limitations and do require pre-registration. Please check with the specific event information for details.
If you feel ill or have a fever, please stay home and consider being tested for COVID.
If you are fully vaccinated, you may choose to refrain from wearing a mask and socially distancing at our services and events.
If you are NOT fully vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask and socially distance at our services and events.
For Sunday services, we continue to provide some socially distanced seating in the back of the sanctuary for those that wish to make use of it.
Should the Governor initiate new orders that impact private individuals and organizations, TFCA will revisit these guidelines.
In all of this, we continue to urge you to pray earnestly for the Lord to grant relief from this pandemic, locally, nationally, and globally.
Regathering Plans (June 1, 2021)
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
We rejoice in the news from around our nation – vaccinations are increasing, and infections are decreasing! In turn, we praise God for leading us through this terrible season of COVID, we lament the lives lost, and we continue to pray for those grieving lost loved ones, and for those places around the world that continue to struggle with this pandemic.
As has been the case for the last 14 months, here at The Falls Church Anglican, we have worked to adhere to the CDC guidelines as well as abide by the governor of Virginia’s Executive Orders. Now, with the change in the CDC guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated combined with the governor’s announced plan to end the COVID mitigation measures, we will continue our process of re-opening our worship services.
With the announced changes from the State of Virginia, our services will look very different! Most of our sanctuary will no longer be distanced, nor will face coverings be expected for those that are fully vaccinated. In acknowledgment of the needs of those not yet fully vaccinated or who have other health concerns yet would still like to attend in-person worship, we will continue to have a limited amount of distanced seating available.
9 a.m. Traditional Service in the sanctuary – most of our sanctuary will no longer be arranged in a socially distanced manner. No registration will be required and, for those fully vaccinated, no face masking will be required. We will be providing a limited amount of seating near the back of the sanctuary that will remain distanced and with masking requirements.
11 a.m. Contemporary Service in the sanctuary – most of our sanctuary will no longer be arranged in a socially distanced manner. No registration will be required and, for those fully vaccinated, no face masking will be required. We will be providing a limited amount of seating near the back of the sanctuary that will remain distanced and with masking requirements.
Because the changes to the CDC guidelines and the Governor’s mandate relate to those that are fully vaccinated, and, at this time, the vaccination is not available to children under the age of 12, our Sunday morning Children’s Ministry activities will continue to operate at reduced capacity in the manner that they have.
As has been the case, a call for registration will be sent out to parents on Mondays preceding worship on the following Sunday.
Given that we always want to use an abundance of caution when caring for our children and because it will take time for us to build back our volunteer team to facilitate greater capacities within mandated limitations, our further re-opening of Children’s ministry will take some time.
We will continue to livestream our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday.
More to follow!
We are thrilled to begin this journey to “normalcy” and we’re actively discussing next steps as a staff and leadership team. As decisions and plans take shape, we’ll be communicating them through our e-news as well as on our website.
We want to help with any physical and spiritual needs you may have during these fragile days of the COVID pandemic and a variety of other pressures in our world. Please see the various links below. We look forward to serving you well.
Do you have an urgent need? Please email email@example.com to let us know how we can serve you. You can also call Lisa Henderson directly at 571-282-0204.
For seniors in need of assistance, please call Jenny Byrne: 571-282-0206.
Confidential prayer requests: Call 571-282-0220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you in the hospital or wish to add a name to Sunday’s published prayer list? Please contact Sabrina Pagkalinawan, Care Ministries Coordinator: 571-282-0211
Other urgent prayer needs: call Kathleen Christopher at 571-282-0222 and leave a confidential message.