Covid-19 Resources and News
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.
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
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
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/