We know that meeting together in person is an essential part of spiritual growth, and we are excited to welcome you back to in-person worship again! Because we care deeply for our church family, we have put procedures in place to do our best to keep everyone safe.
Masks & Social Distancing
In light of the new mask-wearing guidelines from the CDC, the Elders have decided that they will no longer require masks be worn during in-person indoor events at the Chapel. The CDC now says that due to the effectiveness of the vaccines that people have received, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing two weeks after their final dose.
We encourage everyone to follow the CDC’s guidelines as it applies to your own situation. The CDC continues to recommend that people who have not received a vaccine wear masks and keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. There may also be personal reasons why vaccinated people need to continue to wear a mask, such having a weakened immune system. In general, we all should continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 out of love for one another.
At this time, we are no longer requiring masks in Kids’ Church. We will continue to reassess the guidelines for children as we go through the summer, and keep you informed of any changes.
While gathering with us for in-person worship services, we ask that you remember to engage in these healthy practices to help stop the spread of germs:
- Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take in staying healthy. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- We also have no-touch hand sanitizer stations available for use.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- If you have not been vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
- If you have not been vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you stay at least 6 feet from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
When to Stay Home
Because we care deeply about the safety of our church family, we are encouraging families with concerns and pre-existing health conditions to continue to watch the livestream at home.
If you have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, we ask that you refrain from attending services at this time.
If you have been feeling sick, we ask that you continue to rest at home if you have the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Any colored discharge from the nose or eyes
- Loss of taste or smell
- Excessive coughing/sneezing
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (100.4), vomiting, or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- Headache, muscle or body aches
- Started taking antibiotics within the past 48 hours
The CDC recommends ending self-isolation after it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
If You’ve Been Diagnosed
If you or your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 2 days of attending a worship service, please let us know as soon as possible. We will need to communicate with staff and those who attended the service about potential exposure. Your personal information will not be shared and will remain confidential.
Those with exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
The Elders continue to closely monitor the situation in our area, consulting with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Be sure that you are subscribed to the Digital Bulletin to receive all the latest news and updates about our plans for reopening.