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 August 2021 (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 is our church's policy on masks for those attending or participating in a Green Level service, class, group, meeting, etc.?
> Since Wake County has been deemed an area of high transmission of COVID-19, and in light of the virulence of the Delta variant, following CDC guidance we recommend attendees wear a mask at indoor church-related activities and highly encourage unvaccinated attendees to do so.
> We will continue to maintain an ‘exemption’ for those leading, singing, and speaking during our Worship Service.
> For our Children’s Ministry, we ask that all adult volunteers wear a mask when participating and volunteering/leading in indoor Children’s Ministry activities and/or programs.
What if I am uncomfortable participating in-person?
If you are uncomfortable participating in-person, we invite you to join us virtually. While we recognize that this is far from ideal, we also recognize that this is a unique time and pray for the time when this season will pass.
What if I, or another family member, feel sick?
If you, or another immediate family member, are feeling sick and/or experiencing symptoms for COVID-19, we ask that you not attend any in-person Green Level service, class, group, meeting, etc. until symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours. For further guidance, we encourage you to contact your local healthcare provider.
What if I, or another family member, have been exposed to COVID-19?
We have recently updated our policies for those exposed to COVID-19. Please click here to learn more.
What if I, or another family member, test positive for COVID-19?
We are currently updating our policies for those test positive for COVID-19. Here is our previous policy.
> In addition to staying home, please contact at least one of the following three individuals as soon as possible: (1) Senior Pastor (2) Deacon Chair, and/or (3) Your Family Deacon.
> If you test positive for COVID-19, please quarantine and do not attend or participate in any in-person Green Level service, class, group, or meeting, etc. for 14 days from the day that (a) symptoms began or (b) you received a positive COVID-19 test. If, after 14 days (without a test) or 7 days (with a second test that returns negative), you are (a) not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and (b) have gone 24 hours without a fever or the aid of fever-reducing medication, we invite you to return in-person.