The Session met this evening (10/5) to review our response to the recent COVID exposure. Especially since this is the first time it has happened in our congregation, our desire is to keep learning as we go forward. We also wanted to be sure we understood the details of this exposure so that we could make any adjustments that seemed best.
The explanation is below, but we have decided that we will resume in-person worship this Sunday, October 11th.
The person who contracted COVID has not been in worship since September 20th and their symptoms did not appear until days after that time. After the 20th, their contact with others was was very limited.
We still think it is wise to keep a two-week window in place after an exposure. But based on the details of this case, we think we should take into account that the person was not present in worship on the 27th. That means that by suspending in-person worship this past Sunday (10/4), we will have essentially exceeded our two-week protocol.
As we return this Sunday, let’s renew our efforts to keep our safety guidelines. These will be in the bulletin this Sunday and made available again on all of our online platforms.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers, and for your patience as we try to navigate this season as wisely as we can, but trusting in the care of our Savior.