Our *UPDATED* plan to address COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Edgewater.
UPDATED January 4, 2021
Beginning Sunday, January 10, will will be re-opeing our sanctuary for limited attendance in-person worship.
The church, by definition, is an assembly. The Bible is clear that the church is to gather regularly for worship and fellowship, to read and teach the scriptures, to pray, and to sing gospel truths to one another. We remain committed to follow these instructions as God has commanded us to do.
We also recognize that there have been unique seasons throughout church history when God's people have had to be flexible and creative about keeping those commands. Times of war, natural disasters, persecution, and plagues have sometimes interrupted the normal gathering rhythms of the church. We have been living in such a season, and so we too have paused our in-person worship gatherings as necessary during this pandemic.
So why re-open now?
We have been watching the scientific data very closely. Our elders have said before that when the COVID test-positivity rate in our community dropped below 5% we would regather with limited attendance. As of January 1, the test positivity rate in our immediate community (Edgewater, Rogers Park, West Ridge, Lincoln Square) is at 4.5%. In fact, in every North Side neighorhood in which our members live, and from which we typically draw visitors, the test poitivity rate is below 5%. Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation closely.
We currently feel that with our current COVID protocols in place, including mask wearing, social distancing, hand sanitizer availability, and no-touch offerings, bulletins, and communion serving, we are able to gather in a safe environment. We are also using an air-handling system that continually draws air out of the sanctuary, keeping the air we breath fresh.
Our weekly attendance will be capped at 25% of the sanctuary capacity.
For those who are not yet comfortable returning to in-person gatherings, we understand and we will continue to offer livestreams of our worship services on our Facebook and YouTube pages.
We look forward to seeing many of you in-person soon! And we continue to pray for God's mercy to protect our community from the spread of this terrible virus and for the swift erradication of this disease--whether by vaccine or by an effective treatment--very soon.
For the elders,
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To join us via Livestream: