At a called videoconference meeting of the Session on May 18, members assessed the current covid-19 pandemic situation in northeast Georgia and the steps we will need to take before our congregation can safely meet again for worship.
A motion to continue suspending public worship services throughout the month of June was approved unanimously to protect the health of congregation members and to support public health initiatives of our community. The situation will be reviewed again at the monthly stated Session meeting on June 14.
Even though July is six weeks away, Session members agreed that we need to start working now to determine the steps we should take to resume public worship safely. Although the covid-19 virus will continue to circulate in our area, it is hoped that the recent stay-at-home period and ongoing social distancing efforts will reduce the rate of transmission, making it possible to again meet in person if suitable precautions are taken.
To lead the planning effort, the Session appointed a task force composed of Gwen Aumann, Gary Bagley, Bob Prim, Cheryl Vandiver, and Debbilee Whelchel. The group will start immediately to review public health guidelines and information from the Northeast Georgia Presbytery, explore what other churches are doing or planning, and identify ways that we can sustain a clean, healthful environment and maintain recommended physical distancing in our church for youth and adults alike.
Since some special equipment and supplies may be needed, the task force will give priority attention to identifying sources and placing orders promptly, especially for those items that are in short supply and may be difficult to acquire in a reasonable time.
The task force will present its recommendations at the stated Session meeting on June 14.