Welcome to the Covid-19 resource section of our website!
Here you will find documents that our Session considered as they discerned how to faithfully be the church in this wild, wild season. These documents include news articles, guidance from the Presbytery of the Peaks, requirements from the governor of Virginia, and stories of churches who have already made the decision to return to their buildings. There are also two rationale documents. The Theological Foundations for Staying Home gives you a glimpse into the most important part of any discernment process, which is exploring what the Lord requires of us—what scripture tells us, how Jesus guides us, and how the Spirit inspires us. Would It Even Feel Like Church? shares another facet of Session’s discernment process in which they considered all of the precautions we would have to take to keep people safe and whether they would allow for meaningful community building. Both rationale documents were written by Pastor Allison and endorsed by Session. If at any point in reading those rationale documents you wonder about citation, see all of the other links listed here, as these resources were all considered by Session in their discernment.
- CTV News – ‘I would do anything for a do-over’: Calgary church hopes others learn from their tragic COVID-19 experience
- America – Dr. Anthony Fauci: To keep churches safe, use masks, limit singing and wait to resume Communion
- L.A. Times – A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead