COVID-19 Resources – 2022

PC(USA) COVID vaccination resources dated September, 2021 remain relevant and include a statement by the Stated Clerk on whether PC(USA) theology and polity support a religious exemption to vaccination mandates (spoiler alert: No!), in addition to advice from our General Counsel if you are an employer being asked for such an exemption (it is suggested you work with your own attorney). View updated resources from PC(USA) on their COVID-19 Resource webpage.

Mask mandates provide sessions with the opportunity to reassess and guide their congregations to the best worship experience under the current circumstances. Worship is meant to be a public gathering and we should be planning for more than just the people who regularly fill the pews. Also, federal, state and local laws and mandates give us the minimum of what we must do but the session has the right to choose additional precautions and guidance for building use and in-person worship attendance. For our jurisdictional area, view States of Delaware and Maryland COVID-19 resources for guidance. Also, maximizing protection in light of the recent Omicron mutuation is suggested. View a concise yet focused article from USA Today for more information.

Sharing resources from across the denomination …

Updates from the CDC remain prudent and timely. View their website for vaccination updates, quarantine and isolation information, varient data, guidance for schools, science updates and more.

NCP PRESENTATION: Updated COVID-19 Guidance(May 5, 2021, 7pm)

NCP PRESENTATION: Vaccines, Variants and Other Various Items (February 9, 2021,7:00 pm with Ruling Elder Lisa Allgood, Executive Presbyter, Cincinnati Presbytery)

Release to churches, 2/24/2021: New Castle Presbytery’s Committee on Coordination presents Regathering Guidelines. The Insurance Board, New Castle Presbytery’s insurance carrier, provides a valuable dedicated webpage for reopening considerations.