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Covid-19 Resources and News

UPDATE: July 2021

Updated Protocols for In-Person Worship (effective July 2021 as approved by Session)

  • Masks must be worn properly while on church property (covering face and mouth, preferably double layer)

  • Maintain social distancing (minimum of 6 feet) – the roping off of pews has been removed

  • All attendees will sign in each week to maintain a record of attendance

  • Gathering Covenant to be filled out just once per attendee (parents will complete a Gathering Covenant for underage children)

  • The handicapped bathroom will be the only one available for use on Sundays.  If you use the bathroom, please wipe it down with the Clorox wipes provided after use.

  • Please arrive no earlier than 9:15am

  • Bring your own communion elements 

  • The nursery will be available for children (parents will stay with them, no nursery attendants).  Please wipe down toys after use

If you are showing symptoms of illness or have a temperature of over 100.4, please stay home out of concern and love for all. 

UPDATE: May 2021

Reopening Announcement – At the Session meeting on Tuesday night, May 18th, the Session approved the Reopening Team's recommendation to lift the attendance limits for worship.  Therefore, it is no longer necessary to reserve a spot.  You are welcome to return to in-person worship if you are ready to do so.  The church will continue to provide worship over Zoom for those who would like to enjoy the service from home.  No matter where we worship from, we are the Body of Christ gathered to give thanks God to and offer Him our best.

The Session is moving forward with reopening due to vaccinations being more readily available, and the positive trends with cases, hospitalizations, and transmission rate.

We continue to ask that you follow the protocols set by the Reopening Team. 

  • Masks must be worn properly while on church property (covering face and mouth, preferably double layer) 

  • Maintain social distancing (minimum of 6 feet) 

  • Temperature checks will be completed for everyone entering the building 

  • All attendees will fill out self-certification forms each week  

  • Gathering Covenant to be filled out just once per attendee (parents will complete a Gathering Covenant for underage children) 

  • Cleaning protocols will be followed – and handicapped bathroom will be wiped down between uses (Note: the handicapped bathroom will be the only one available for use on Sundays)  

  • Volunteers are needed to man the check-in table and attend to the bathroom weekly.  We cannot do this without you - please sign up to volunteer.

  • Please arrive no earlier than 9:15am to check in

  • Bring your own communion elements

 

If you are showing symptoms of illness or have a temperature of over 100.4, please stay home out of concern and love for all.

UPDATE: February 2021

The Reopening Team is composing a church survey to answer some questions of how to reopen the church safely for all.  It is hoped to have the survey out soon.  Please fill it out as soon as possible so that the Team can begin working on a plan for reopening.  Thank you.

These are some of the resources and articles that the Reopening Team have been using to guide their discussion of how to open the building safely for all.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/us/coronavirus-churches-outbreaks.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&fbclid=IwAR1ZowHKqnFE91OF4kGdxfC4CwHe6BD7fXlN0hrLbsdrOPRceNfR34rctTM

Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic: A report from the Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments (click on PDF below).

Questions to Consider Before Reopening (click on PDF below)

Reopening Team Members

Janis Little

Chuck Conrad

Nancy Cronce

Linda Hults

Karen Shipman

Steve Wonsor

Rev. Mike Atzert

June 22, 2020

 

Dear Church Family,

These last few months have been unlike any other period in each of our lifetimes.  The Coronavirus has made us look at life - and everything - in different ways in such a short amount of time. 

 

The Session is grateful for your flexibility and understanding as we have shifted from in person worship, meetings and activities to doing everything via Zoom.  We are also thankful for your support – prayerful, financial, and emotional – as we have navigated these waters.

 

At the May Session meeting, a Reopening Team was formed to look at ways that we might be able to reopen the church building in a safe and secure way.  The team has met, looked at the facts available to us from the CDC, as well as other churches, and Presbyteries.  We believe that now is not the time to return to in person worship or fellowship.  Our most important concern is that the majority of our congregation is in the “at risk” or vulnerable category.  While businesses are beginning to open up, we need to remember that the first wave of the virus is still upon us.  Additionally, there is belief among the medical community that there could be a resurgence in the fall or early winter.  Without a vaccine or effective treatment, there is no way to keep our church family safe from exposure or spread.

 

Therefore, the Session has decided to continue with Virtual worship and close the building for the remainder of 2020.  Please be assured that Session’s decision was made with great care and discussion on behalf of our entire church family.  We will continue to monitor the situation with the virus. If anything changes over the next few months and conditions improve to the point where we could safely provide for worship in the sanctuary, the Session will revisit this decision.

 

We recognize that there may be questions and concerns about this decision.  Because of that, we will be having a Question & Answer session on Zoom following the worship service this Sunday, June 28, 2020.  We covet your questions and your prayers.

 

Yours in Christ,

The Session of KMPC

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/

Hunterdon County COVID-19 Information Hub: Health Department Updates and Resources http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/coronavirus.html


including Hunterdon/Somerset Joint Testing Site at RVCC Info and Registration http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/Coronavirus/testingsite.html

FCC COVID-19 Consumer Scam Warnings and Safety Tips: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams

Hunterdon Healthcare: https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/coronavirus-information/