According to the CDC, individuals who are 65 and older, and those of any age with chronic, underlying health conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For individuals who are at higher risk, we want you to be safe at home while we are in Phases 1-3, and we will work to make the worship gathering accessible to you while you are at home. If you choose to attend in-person worship, you will be welcome.
Our biblical mandate to make disciples has not been put on hold! Guests are welcome to join us at any phase of reopening, provided they follow the guidelines that have been provided.
What else can I expect?
For the foreseeable future, expect the following additional adjustments:
Posted signs and volunteer greeters will direct you to enter and exit through designated doors. Doors will be opened for you by a greeter wearing a mask, to minimize contact with door handles. Passageways through the building will be restricted, and parts of the building not in use will be closed and inaccessible.
During Phases 1-3, the church will observe the following wellness policy for Sunday morning worship, for Community Groups, and for any other official gatherings of church members:
Individuals exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19 should not attend in-person church events until three weeks have passed since fully recovering. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include cold or flu-like symptoms, specifically cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
Individuals who have had close, prolonged contact with someone else who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 likewise should not attend in-person church events until three weeks have passed since that person has fully recovered. “Prolonged contact” would include living in the same household or working in close proximity indoors.
Out of concern and respect for others, individuals who flagrantly disregard this policy will be lovingly required to leave the premises.
For those uncomfortable with restrictions
Anyone who is uncomfortable with the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the church, or who thinks it is unlikely they will be able to comply with these guidelines, may choose to stay home. These restrictions will be uncomfortable for everyone, but for some they may be uncomfortable to the point of distraction from the purpose of gathering. We respect this decision if you think it best serves you and your family.
If you have any questions or are uncertain about what these guidelines mean for you, please contact the church office (email@example.com or 706-738-2527) and we will be happy to assist you.