Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry during COVID-19 (Updated 5/14/21)
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Frequently Asked Questions
We continue to applaud your efforts to provide ministry on-line and to safely return to in-person activity using the guidelines we have created after discernment with your church leadership. We know every context is different. We will continue to monitor the latest guidance from the CDC. For now, we ask you to continue to practice these essential guidelines for in-person meetings:
- At all times persons must maintain at least six feet of distance between family groups.
- Masks or cloth face coverings are required when any group gathers (except for children under the age of 2).
- Monitor your symptoms. Stay home if you are sick or displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive should adhere to the CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine.
- All inside activities must be in well ventilated spaces that allow for persons to maintain at least six feet of distance between family groups. Outside activities are preferred over inside activities.
- Practice frequent washing of hands.
- Wear a mask whenever you encounter others in public.
- Monitor your own symptoms related to health. If you don’t feel well, please stay home.
- Keep a six-foot distance from others.
- Maintain civil and open conversation with others.
CDC Guidelines for Child Care Programs (July 23, 2020)
Schools and Child Care Supplemental Guidance (August 21, 2020)
Child Care Reopening Operational Checklist
Parental Acknowledgement & Disclosure
Employee Acknowledgment & Disclosure
For more information follow the links below.
We are praying for you during this season of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is clear that the number of cases continue to rise and the risks associated with the spread of this virus remain very real. We encourage you to continue to monitor the situation in your local context and throughout our state and adjust your plans for ministry accordingly. The Conference Office and your District Superintendent are here to support and resource you as needed.
Some of you have asked what you should do if a staff member, volunteer, or church member tests positive for COVID-19. Our Office of Ministry Protection has prepared this easy resource for you to follow with links to additional documents and guidance. Your District Superintendent can support you in following these protocols. Always remember to carefully protect the identities of infected persons to ensure that health privacy guidelines are maintained. The CDC and your local health department has helpful guidance around isolation and quarantine. OSHA has helpful guidelines around when it involves an employee. All of this and more is linked in this one PDF.
In the last week, we have had a number of churches report cases connected to their preschools, members, staff, and volunteers. We hope this resource helps guide you in your response.