Dear COvenant partners,
The newest strain of COVID-19, the Omicron variant currently makes up approximately 95% of all COVID-19 diagnoses and is reportedly easily spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status. However, Omicron symptoms are not as severe as previous strains and do not appear to last as long. Most fully vaccinated persons who test positive for COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms that are similar to the common cold or flu. Those symptoms usually go away within 2-3 days with over the counter medications. The CDC reports that those who are immuno-compromised and those who are unvaccinated tend to experience more severe symptoms.
As your leaders, we care deeply about your overall health and safety and have discussed the pros and cons of maintaining an in-person presence or returning to a virtual-only worship experience. After prayer and careful consideration, we have decided to continue our in-person worship services on Sundays at 9:30am and continue to stream on our social media platforms
Here are some of the reasons why:
- God has not cleared our Lead Pastor to close the church.
- Majority of the Covenant partners who currently worship in person have been vaccinated or plan to get vaccinated soon.
- Many persons are back at work and have resumed many of their normal day-to-day activities. The church does not pose any more risk than any other in-door activity.
- We have updated our protocols for maintaining the safety of our partners based on the latest guidelines from public health officials.
- The symptoms of the current strain are similar to those of a common cold or flu and, according to health officials, do not appear to be as harmful as previous strains.
- Those who would like to continue attending in person understand the risk and will cooperate with safety measures in place to keep everyone as healthy as possible.
- We understand that the church is more than a place of worship, it is also a place of healing and community. While many have gone back in to work, many have not and the only outlet that some people have is the church. We’ve been told on several occasions that being in the presence of other believers and experiencing worship in-person reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety in our members. We know that the mental health impact of COVID-19 is just as real as the physical impact and take this very seriously.
- We are closely monitoring the status of the pandemic and public health recommendations and will continue to seek God in an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible. We reserve the right to make updates to our policies and procedures as necessary to ensure the safety of our members.