- How should Christians respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
- Do we cancel worship services?
- Do we engage in civil disobedience?
- Do we find a way to obey both God and man?
15 states have allowed religious gatherings Whether we gather was left up to the elders of the local congregations.
A neutral law of general applicability does not violate the First Amendment Employment Division v Smith.
Legally, we can’t argue that our religious rights are being violated.
5 Recommendations for How to Be Prepared
- Develop practical procedures and policies to provide a safe facility and healthy environment to worship
- Continue to use technology to carry out our mission
- Find creative ways to spend more time together in small groups.
- Make a special effort to make everyone feel welcome.
- Remember the church is about people helping people maintain continuity in their faith.
Church COVID-19 Checklist
- Sanitize and clean frequently touched surfaces (door handles, etc.).
- Offer protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc).
- Consider a second alternative service for healthy individuals 65 and older.
- remind members to take their temperature before arriving and not to shake hands, hug, etc.
- Encourage only family/household units to sit together.
- Everyone should be asked to remain 6-10 feet from others outside their household.
- Services might need to be shorter to reduce the need for members to use the restroom.
- Pre-packaged communion served by ushers wearing gloves.
- Forego passing the offering plates; set up stationary receptacle in the foyer to place your contributions.
- Discourage using song books; use Paperless Hymnal.
- Discontinue hard copy bulletins (display on PPT overhead and send reminders by email).
- Consider structured dismissals or assigning ext doors (no congregating in the lobby; socialize outside).
Don’t worship the cure, worship the Creator