Note: Our Church Council has continued to help our church family navigate this difficult and disorienting season. The following answers reflect our latest update, made in January 2022 (see now).
What is our goal and prayer during COVID-19?
First, we recognize that there are a variety of opinions on COVID-19 and how churches can and should respond to this novel virus. Second, we recognize that this time has been both difficult and disorienting for everyone. Thus, our prayer in these unprecedented days has been to continue to glorify God as the church family He has created and called us to be, faithfully serving Him and you. COVID-19 may alter how we do things, but it does not change who we are as a church or the mission God has given us to make disciples who know, love, and serve.
What is guiding our decision-making during COVID-19?
We seek to listen to and apply the guidance of healthcare officials in a way that best serves Green Level in line with two, core biblical guideposts or guiding principles: (1) we are to outdo one another in showing honor and (2) we are to count others as more significant than ourselves.
Romans 12:10: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Philippians 2:3-5: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
What should I do if I have COVID-19 and was at church within 48 hours of my positive test date or the onset of symptoms?
If you test positive for COVID and attended an in-person activity with Green Level Baptist Church within 48 hours of the test sample or onset of symptoms associated with the positive test:
- Notify the pastor or your family deacon and the appropriate ministry leader as soon as possible.
- Make every effort to identify and notify the individuals you were in contact with or in close proximity to within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms or positive test sample in coordination with your ministry leader as needed. If you need help in identifying names or possible points of contact, ministry leaders and church staff can help.
- If you were not at a church activity within 48 hours of the day you tested positive or the onset of symptoms there is no need to contact the church other than to request prayer or to let us know of your absence.
- Anyone who tests positive should follow the latest Center for Disease Control recommended guidelines regarding isolation, masking, and returning to in-person activities.
How will the church handle a known case of COVID-19?
Once a positive COVID case has been identified and the church leadership/staff have been notified, an email detailing the day, times, and locations the infected person was at church will be sent to our church family.
What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19?
Anyone who has determined they have been exposed to COVID-19 under the current Center for Disease Control definition of exposure should follow the latest CDC recommended guidelines regarding quarantine, masking, testing, and returning to in-person activities. For further guidance, we encourage you to contact your local healthcare provider.
When will church activities be canceled because of COVID and by whom? How will I be notified of cancellations or schedule changes?
Schedule changes and cancellations will be made by church staff, the deacon chair or deacon delegate, and relevant ministry leaders and determined by the level of exposure and number of people impacted.
An email will be sent to impacted individuals of any cancellation. Text messaging or phone calls may also be used to communicate schedule changes when necessary.
Do I need to wear a mask to attend in-person church activities?
We recommend all attendees consider the current Center for Disease Control guidance in conjunction with local governmental guidance regarding masking.
For our Children’s Ministry, we ask that all adult volunteers wear a mask when participating and volunteering in indoor Children’s Ministry activities or programs through February 27, 2022 for ages 5 through 5th grade and through March 21, 2022 for ages 4 and under.