Indoor Worship Services Suspended – Outdoor Worship Resumes

The recent surge in COVID cases and the rapid spread of the Delta variant in Kent County have risen above the threshold deemed safe for indoor worship by our church council. Therefore we will begin worshiping outdoors again while the online worship service continues at a new time.

Outdoor Worship9:30 am, in the church parking lot at the South end of the property

Livestream only11:00 am, join us on Facebook

Please note for outdoor worship:

  • Bring your own chairs
  • Sign in before finding your seats
  • Wear your mask unless directed that you may remove it

Re-Entry Plan

This is the plan formulated by our Re-Entry Taskforce and which has guided us these past weeks as we have worshipped outdoors and now indoors. The Taskforce will continue to monitor the situation and recommend any changes as needed.

Health Metrics and Criteria

The Taskforce has identified two metrics to serve as criteria for re-entry. Both criteria must be met, at which point the church council and staff members will determine and publish a date for re-entry.

Criteria for Re-Entry

The St. Luke’s Re-Entry Task Force has recommended we use the following metrics as criteria for determining when we can begin the re-entry process. You can follow along with the live data from Covid Act Now.

Daily New Cases per 100k

At or below 10 cases per one hundred thousand, with cases decreasing for two weeks.

Positive Test Rate

At or below 10% positive test rate.

Health & Safety Measures

We will continue to following recommended best practices, including wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing for indoor worship. We will also follow recommended capacity limits and craft our services with these restrictions in minds. We will refrain shaking hands, hugging, etc. Communion of one kind (the bread) will be shared.

Fluid Response

We will be prepared to respond as the situation evolves and as the health metrics in Kent County improve or decline. This means that re-entry may not be permanent – we may need to return to online-only worship or outdoor worship should the occasion warrant.

Congregation Readiness

We surveyed our congregation and discovered that up to half of us are ready to return now, with a significant percentage (approx. 25-30%) reporting they will wait some period of time. The survey results may be viewed in the Powerpoint presentation that was shared in the congregation forum.

In order to welcome our entire community, when in-person worship begins our livestream worship service will continue. Other small groups, meetings and studies may meet online, in-person, or concurrently. Service times have not yet been determined, but updated information will be posted here and on Facebook.

Questions

Please direct all questions to the church office: office@saintlukeschurch.org, 616-363-2381.

Stay connected with us here on our website, on Facebook, and via email.

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