Our (Baptist) church initially did some rearranging of pews to make distancing easier and had two services to not exceed gathering limits (though they’ve gone back to one now), and had a plexiglass screen in front of the pulpit, but I think that’s gone now. We livestreamed services for quite a while, and didn’t go back in person until they opened up a separate “health-conscious” room where masks are required (I only saw maybe a couple worn in the main sanctuary). I struggle with it because there is no Sunday school or staffed nursery, and so my husband and I trade off supervising our 2-year-old in a back Sunday school room while the rest of us watch church on a far-away TV monitor, and last week the service was almost 2 hours, and while I feel bad for it I will often think, “Wouldn’t it be easier to just livestream this at home so we could all watch it together?” It is nice to be able to take communion, at least, and see at least a few people – there are maybe 4 other families out there on most weeks.
Fortunately we had outdoor services over the summer with a small congregation my husband preaches for every other week. That has also been difficult since they’ve gone back into their building and my husband has been conflicted about where he should draw the line about preaching at churches that don’t mask up. Fortunately, he’s also been asked to preach at one that is very mask-conscious (Baptist, but more liberal) so we’ll be comfortable bringing the family there.
It can be very hard to balance managing risk with giving to our community. There are so many who have risked so much to teach and disciple, so there is a point at which refusing a preaching request due to non-masking seems wrong or even selfish, but it’s also not just about us – the nature of this is very communal and so it seems to me that we do have to draw the line somewhere. But we’ve wrestled quite a bit with how/when to do that.