Guidance to Congregations Considering Re-Opening Elder James A. Wilson, PSV Temporary Stated Clerk

As congregations consider returning to in-person worship or re-opening their buildings, Sessions must be mindful of both their legal and fiduciary duty to take reasonable steps to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19 infections by worship or other church activities and their ordination vows to “watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service” (W-4.0404b) and “give[s] full expression to the rich diversity of the church’s membership” (G-3.0103).  This includes assessing whether a plan promotes expanding those who can worship or has the effect of excluding individuals whose risk factors prevent participation in in-person worship.  In carrying out these obligations, we strongly urge Sessions to consider the following guidance for congregational safety:

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