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We have an ache in our hearts and a longing to be with one another in meaningful fellowship and worship. But this is also a time for vision and hope. What we do as Christians in the coming days and weeks have the potential to reshape the practice of Christian faith in our nation and, God willing, lead to a greater love for Jesus and neighbor.
Currently, we are adhering to our Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected executive order, which is set to expire May, 15th. Once this executive order has been lifted, we will begin lifting restrictions according to criteria and guidelines described in our 3-phase plan below: (click image to enlarge).
Invitation to commonsense practices
There is a thin line between guidance and regulation. Even the CDC restates commonsense practices that must be contextualized to fit particular churches, homes, and neighborhoods. This means that all of us have the primary responsibility, as far as it depends on us, to be well-rested, soaked in prayer, and free from personal fear and anxiety. We need to guard our lives and trust that God will make up what is lacking in our own frail hearts, minds, and bodies. We invite you into a life oriented around a trust in God and love for neighbor. Your reaction to these guidelines will depend on this posture.
*Proposed criteria to be satisfied before proceeding to phased opening
- Downward trajectory of documented cases in Pima County within a 14-day period, as recorded by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- Meeting testing criteria for all symptomatic patients.
*Vulnerable Individuals refer to:
- Elderly individuals.
- Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.
*Guidelines for all phases:
- Continue to practice good hygiene and adhere to CDC guidance, particularly with respect to hand-washing and social distancing.
- People who feel sick should stay home, not attend a worship event, and should follow the advice of your medical provider. If any person, child or adult, has experienced an illness or symptoms related to a contagious illness within the past 24 hours then they should avoid coming to worship and other church-related gatherings. These symptoms may include:
- Persistent cough
- Runny nose
- Pink eye
- Extreme irritability or exhaustion
- Or any others symptoms related to any contagious illness
- We will develop and implement appropriate policies informed by best practices regarding social distancing, protective equipment, use of disinfection of common and high-traffic areas, modification of handling and administration of The Lord’s Supper, and other activities where viral transmission is likely.
- We will also increase the frequency of our cleaning and sanitizing of the toys and surfaces in our kids' rooms and common areas. Appropriate items will be laundered and items that cannot be cleaned will be removed from the classrooms for the time-being.
- All are encouraged to utilize the resources available to us all. Consider the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which include suggestions for practical hygiene.