Hello LBF Church,
The State of California instituted a mask mandate to become effective on December 15, 2021. Their mandate requires people to wear masks while indoors in all public buildings. It was further reported that this mandate will be reviewed in one month on January 15, 2022.
We will continue to function as we have been. We will not require masks for our worship services or other indoor events at our church.
There are five reasons for our decision:
A vaccine has been developed and everyone has had and still has the opportunity to get the vaccine if they so desire. And the vaccine has been proven to be effective in keeping people from getting severe cases of COVID.
At this point in time in dealing with COVID, we believe wearing masks is a disputable matter and believe people should be free to make their own choices. We still believe that whether a person chooses to wear a mask or not, that we are to accept and respect their ability to make that choice. (Romans 14:1-4)
Up to this point, San Bernardino County has shown no interest in enforcing these mandates on churches.
We now know more about the virus and how we can look to live in light of it. This gives us confidence that people are able to make informed decisions about precautions they are going to take.
Gathering as a church family and being able to be face to face is a Christian priority and it should not be lightly dispensed. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Lastly, we realize that members of this church may have differing opinions about this decision. We remain available to discuss this topic. If that is your desire, please contact either Pastor Gary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Dan (email@example.com)