Covid-19 Resources and News
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.
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/