The Session and staff of First Covenant have deferred gathering indoors until November 29, at the earliest.
Worship, faith formation and neighborhood ministry are continuing online or with social distancing, even though we have not gathered indoors, in-person for five months. Based on consultation with local public health and infectious disease officials, and aware of the ease of spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Session and staff have deferred gathering indoors for three more months, until November 29, at the earliest. Concern for the health of neighbors, members and staff has been the prime consideration from the start of the pandemic. LIVE-stream worship, online faith formation and occasional outdoor events with masks and social distancing will remain our primary means of “gathering.” Attend the parking lot lunch event Sunday, August 30 to learn about adaptive plans for September, October and November.
Meanwhile, summer is just about at an end. Online ONLY worship at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Lives continues on Sunday, August 30 and Sunday, September 6 – the 10:00 a.m. worship time remains in place through the Labor Day weekend. Then, worship moves to 11:00 a.m. on Facebook Live on Sunday, September 13 until late May 2021.
As has been previously stated, online worship, Zoom faith formation, Zoom committee meetings, and events using creative social-distancing will continue for the foreseeable future. Even when the church reopens to in-person worship, the “new” normal for worship will look a lot different. The online, live-stream worship and Bible studies will continue even when in-person worship resumes.