Presbytery Guidance on Worship/Church Opening
Interim General Presbyter Fred Holbrook encourages all church leadership to follow Virginia’s Phase Three Executive Order 72 (PDF) (dated 12/10/20), including seven specific requirements for churches.
The session of each church makes decisions together with their pastor and other staff. Thank you for practicing the requirements specified. If you are unable to gather for worship safely, please gather virtually until safety requirements can be followed.
VDH Offers Vaccine Town Halls
To encourage citizens in phase 1b (including people aged 65 and above) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is offering virtual town halls to address citizen concerns and questions. In addition to public town halls, VDH is willing to schedule town halls for organizations such as churches.
- A recording of a VDH town hall held with WRIC News: available on YouTube.
- Upcoming virtual public town halls hosted by the YMCA:
For COVID-19 vaccine information in your local area, visit the website of your local health district.
Safer at Home: Virginia's Phase Three Guidelines for Religious Services
A section of Virginia's Phase 3 guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19 outlines specific requirements and best practices to keep church attendees, worship leaders, and staff safe. Review the guidance for religious services on pages 35-38. (The link will open a PDF at the appropriate location.) You also may wish to review the general information beginning at page 1.
Faith community leaders can receive a signage tool-kit and register to receive updated information from the Governor’s Office of Diversity and Partners in Prayer and Prevention from the Virginia Department of Health by contacting OHE@vdh.virginia.gov.
Presbyterian Foundation Offers Resources Specific to COVID-19 Crisis
The Presbyterian Foundation has a collection of resources and information with faith communities in mind during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Worship materials
- Ministry ideas during a pandemic
- Licensing guidance for streaming worship services
- Online giving services
- Stewardship suggestions