CDC Resources for Churches
After months without services, most churches have carefully resumed gatherings. But with new variants posing a previously unknown threat now – COVID is still among us. Many pastors and congregations wonder what they should do going forward.
How should the people of God continue to gather and worship while staying safe and healthy? When people ask us, we refer them to the experts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a webpage headlined "Toolkit for Community and Faith-Based Organizations." It doesn’t try to dictate rules or regulations but offers practical “guidance and tools to help community and faith-based organizations make decisions, communicate with their communities, and protect their employees, volunteers and members.”
That, and the overall COVID homepage, provide a number of resources such as basic information about the coronavirus, what is and isn't considered safe after getting vaccinated, how to clean and disinfect a facility and other key things to consider.
Each congregation must assess the information and make its own decisions as it moves forward. The information on those pages will be helpful in making such decisions.
Beyond the above, the CDC provides a number of other information resources, such as:
It is our hope and prayer that everyone in your congregation will stay safe as this health threat continues. We look forward to continuing to serve the church community as we all move forward, through and beyond this lengthy ordeal.