Our COVID-19 Response
In this section, we hope to survey some of the biblical considerations and principles that went into our decision to recommend these guidelines. These are considerations that we would encourage the body to meditate on and come to the same conclusion, that we may be “of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Php. 2:2). A brief summary of those principles and considerations can be found in the following thesis:
We believe that the COVID-19 virus is a real and impactful disease. As such, we want to consider the holistic health of others (Lev. 19:18; Php. 2:3-4; Rom. 12:10; Mt. 7:12), understanding that though we are called to freedom and possess a certain liberty, we use it as servants of God and through love, serve one another (1 Pet. 2:16; Gal. 5:13). In this way, we’re happy to concede our rights for the edification of others (1 Cor. 8; Rom. 14; Jn. 15:13), as Christ is our model of servant-like humiliation (Php. 2:5-11; 1 Pet. 2:21-25), and may we never become a stumbling block and destroy the one for whom Christ died, but pursue what makes for peace and mutual upbuilding (Rom. 14:15,19), enduring all things rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ (1 Cor. 9:12), becoming all things to the glory of God (1 Cor. 9:19;10:23-24,31). We also want to adhere to and respect the government which God has established over us as He is sovereign over it (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:13-17), insomuch as they and we recognize God’s ultimate authority over the church (Col. 1:18), the separation of church and state (Mk. 12:17; Jn. 18:36), the necessity for the proclamation of the gospel (Acts 4:19-20), the supreme imperative of the Great Commission (Mat. 28:16), and the urgency of mutual encouragement for the faith of the saints (Heb. 10:25).
Guidelines (Updated 05/01/2021)
1. (UPDATE). We are no longer asking our congregants to wear masks or face coverings, but they are certainly free to do so if they wish.
2. (UPDATE). We also aren't asking our congregants to social distance, yet again, they are certainly free to do so if they wish.
3. We would continue to ask that you please practice good hygiene. There are several sanitation stations placed around the church.
4. As well, if you are sick or have tested positive for the virus, please stay home.