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In efforts to ensure you have access to important information regarding church operations and accurate information regarding our community during these unprecedented times, this page will be updated as we have further information to report.


April 21, 2022

Jesus and germs are everywhere, but God’s grace and love abounds.

We have learned that a handful of people who attended worship last Sunday have since tested positive for COVID-19. We are praying for their health and recovery, have notified their close contacts, and we have met to assess the situation. 

At this point, we are not changing our recommendations regarding masks. We do encourage everyone to appropriately assess their personal and circle of care risk factors when it comes to masking. We hope that we will continue to love one another abundantly, mask when needed, will notify Crystal Parker if you have tested positive (for contact tracing), and show one another grace.


March 1, 2022

The SPC COVID Task Force has followed the CDC guidelines and local statistics in seeking to make the best decisions possible for our congregation.  Based on current data, wearing a mask while at SPC is now optional if your vaccinations are up to date.

Knowing that there are those among us that will still need or choose to wear a mask, we will all be respectful and appreciative of those individuals who continue to mask.

The Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and CDC guidelines, making recommendations as needed.


January 20, 2022

Out of an abundance of love for all God’s children, particularly the least of these among us, we want to reaffirm what we have shared previously:
 
1.It it our hope and expectation that everyone, particularly those singing, to get vaccinated and stay up to date.  

2. Masks are to be worn at all times in the building. Please ensure that you are properly wearing the mask over your mouth and nose. Please note, worship leaders will be permitted to remove their masks when speaking due to their distance from the congregation.

3. Necessitated by the second. Because we are masking at all times, this means eating is not possible in the church.  When partaking communion, for those that feel comfortable, may expeditiously consume the elements.

4. We affirm our commitment to physical distancing.

5. We are reducing the length of time gathered in a given space. We will be singing one verse of each hymn for now while remaining masked.

Finally, if you have tested positive for Covid in the last 10 days please stay home.  And as always, if you have any symptoms of Covid (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell), if you are living with anyone who is sick with Covid, or have been around anyone else with these symptoms recently, please stay home.

By following these guidelines, this ensures we can continue meeting together.

In Christ’s Love,
The Covid-19 Task Force


January 6, 2022

On December 26 Nate preached about fear and about God’s desire for us to be set free from that fear.  He mentioned that Joseph and Mary took decisive and bold action in the face of real danger when they fled for Egypt.  Their action was not controlled by fear but was a bold act of faith in what the Lord had made known to them.  Unfortunately, the Lord has made more known to us now about the state of Covid in our community and the Covid Task Force of Salisbury Presbyterian Church has met and made some changes.  

  1. We are returning to masks being worn at all times in the building regardless of vaccination status.  Please put on your mask before we enter the building and make sure that your mask is covering your nose and mouth at all times.  Worship leaders will also remain masked.  We encourage the use of non-woven masks like n95.
  2. Because we are masking at all times, eating and drinking are not possible in the church.  When we celebrate communion we will take the elements out of the building before partaking of them.  As our God transcends time and space, this will serve as a reminder that our worship continues when we go out into the world to be the presence of Christ in the world around us.  
  3. We are reaffirming our commitment to physical distancing.  The ribbons are again blocking off every other pew and the dowel rods are back in the pews to help us keep appropriate physical distance from people outside our household.  
  4. We are reducing the length of time gathered in a given space.  We will be singing one verse of each hymn for now (remaining masked).

The last thing we need to inform you about is not a change but a decision to stick with our current policy.  We are aware of the CDC’s change to its guidance on isolation timeframe and the questions surrounding that change. As a task force, we think it is wise to wait for the Virginia Department of Health and/or the WHO to confirm that change before we change our policies.  So, if you tested positive for Covid in the last 10 days please stay home.  If you had exposure to someone with covid in the last 10 days, please stay home.  And as always, if you have any symptoms of Covid (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell), please stay home.

To recap:

-Mask properly at all times
-No food or drink
-Maintain physical distancing
-Shorter time together

The psalmist reminds us that we have every right to pour the complaints of our hearts out to God, knowing that we will be heard.  

“With my voice I cry to the Lord;
          supplication to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint
before God;
I tell my trouble before God.
When my spirit is faint,
You know my way.”  -Psalm 142:1-3a

We join all of our voices together in lament of these changes and pray they may be short-lived.  These changes are temporary and the task force looks forward to lifting them as soon as it is safe to do so.  We encourage you to lament these changes with us.  We have every reason to lift the complaint of our plight to the Lord.  And God will be with us through this storm too, giving us strength and determination to find a way forward. 

Peace and Grace,

The Covid-19 Task Force


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CDC: COVID-19 Home Page
CDC: COVID-19 Community- and Faith-Based Organizations
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond City Health Department


“God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble.” – Psalm 45:1 (NIRV)