I am writing this note to you today to offer the latest update regarding COVID-19. This update comes after the consideration of varied opinions of leaders within our church.
As you may or may not have heard, on November 13th Gov. Little rolled our entire state back to Stage 2 of Idaho’s rebound plan. Included in that plan are directives to reduce meetings to 10 or fewer people and to work from home, if possible. Also contained in that plan is an exemption for faith communities, provided they have and are following a plan to help reduce risk of spread.
While we know that some, perhaps many, of our people will choose to stay home because of these conditions, we are planning to continue holding in-person worship services. Our continued efforts to provide an online worship experience have improved! You can tune in live to our services via our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/mhnazarene/live. You can view our services on Youtube at youtube.com/c/MountainHomeChurchoftheNazarene after they are uploaded (usually by Monday morning).
We want to reiterate at this time the four major components of our Comeback Plan for Mountain Home Church of the Nazarene:
* If you are not feeling well, we respectfully ask that you protect others by staying home. We also encourage those at greatest risk and who are immunocompromised to do the same.
* Face coverings are very strongly encouraged for all of our people, especially as you move to your seat and while singing.
* Please continue to remain physically distanced (at a range of 6 feet or more) from other family groups at all times while in our facility. This means to leave at least two chairs between family groups if you are sharing a row.
* Do your part to help us maintain a touchless environment by avoiding hugs, handshakes, and other forms of greeting that are customary at our church. We are so thankful we have a welcoming body of believers, but need to refrain from these practices during this time.
We are planning to continue children’s ministries. Our strong recommendation to wear face coverings extends to the kids, but we will leave that up to parents to make that choice. All of our employees and volunteers in kids’ ministries will be following this recommendation.
I know you may have questions or concerns regarding this update. As always, feel free to reach out to the church office or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org). I am so grateful for you and for our church family. May we continue to worship Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth during these days.
Grace and peace.