Pandemic Information - First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church has a re-opening committee that is reviewing information and updating procedures for the church. The primary directive of the committee is the safety of everyone involved.
Recent updates to CDC guidance have stated “...fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing...”. Therefore, the reopening committee is providing these updated procedures for gathering at First Presbyterian Church:
Dedicated space will be reserved for those who wish to have social distancing and masks. Our ushers will help guide you to those areas.
All other space is open for those who do not wish to wear masks or social distance.
Seating for families with children in an open space or a masked & socially distanced space is a family decision.
Below are guiding principles and rationale for updating our COVID procedures:
We will provide a safe welcoming place to worship for all members of our congregation, including those who prefer masks and social distancing.
We will show loving respect for the views of others on the pandemic while maintaining principle #1.
We will adjust our approach to the pandemic based on the current scientific information.
See Guiding Principles.
CDC guidance is very specific on not requiring masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.
Given, 1) the effective immunity enjoyed by those who are fully vaccinated, and 2) a dedicated space is provided for those who desire masks and distancing; Individuals that do not accept guidance on masks or social distancing are only placing the risk on themselves. Therefore, First Presbyterian Church will not be prescriptive in their behavior unless their actions put those needing masks and social distancing at risk.
Reopen Committee Members
The following individuals have been volunteering their time and effort to work on reopening. They may be reached for questions or comments through their contact information in the church directory or through the church office, who will pass information to the committee.
Don Feld (Chair)