Meeting at the Building for Worship Services
We’ve missed being together for several months now. We want to spend time with our church family in worship and fellowship, but we have tried to assess the risks and benefits of doing so.
First, there is still a risk. We are going to continue listening to the health professionals, both in our congregation and nationally. We will continue to take seriously the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, as well as federal and state recommendations.
Some are medically vulnerable and should not return to the building for worship services. Not right now. All of us, even those who believe they are in the greatest of health, could unintentionally pass COVID-19 to those who are at-risk. The evidence is clear that health precautions such as keeping social distance and wearing masks lessens the danger of contagion and saves lives. We must continue to act with care and compassion, both toward our fellow members and to the larger community.
Second, we believe we are in a position to offer modified worship services. We have carefully watched the COVID-19 trends in our area these past few weeks. While new cases have been reported in Virginia, the situation has gradually been getting better. But we are not out of the woods yet. The situation can change, and we will have to be ready to adjust.
At the present time it appears that the public health situation in our city is at a place where we can justify a modified worship service—with precautions and for those who are lower risk. We will begin those worship services on June 21st.
If you want to worship at the building, please assess yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to the building and ask yourself:
“YES” or “NO” -have I had any of the following:
- A fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever?
- A cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- Shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- Chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- Sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
- New muscle aches (myalgia) that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)?
- Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that cannot be attributed to another health condition?
If you answer yes to any of the previous questions, please stay at home and contact your doctor.
We are encouraging anyone who falls under any of the at-risk categories—or has someone living at home who does—to consider continuing to worship at home. The at-risk population includes those who are 65 or older, particularly those with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, chronic heart disease, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, liver disease, or a weakened immune system.
We will continue to have online worship services for the foreseeable future. Please contact us and let us know you would like to attend online. Mostly we are anxious to see one another and greet one another—safely—and in the Lord. Be well, Warrenton family. Keep the faith. Pray strong.