Current COVID-19 Precautions (Updated July 1, 2022)
- We welcome everyone to gather in person, indoors, for weekly Sunday morning worship and Sunday school.
- Worship services will be live-streamed via Zoom at this link: https://zoom.us/j/9995275153.
- Masks are required during worship services for everyone ages 2 and older, and for congregational singing. We are thankful that we can worship (and sing!) together in person, while taking reasonable precautions that protect the most vulnerable among us.
- During fellowship meals, we ask everyone to mask indoors except when sitting at your table eating.
- In Sunday school classes for children below vaccine-eligible age (under 5 years-old), masks are still required for ages 2 and up.
- In Sunday school classes for children and youth above vaccine-eligible age (5 years-old and older), masks are optional. Masks are also optional in adult elective classes, and during coffee/fellowship time.
- Parents should contact Sunday school teachers directly if they are sending kids to Sunday school during days 6 through 10 after a positive COVID test. During this time children are asked to wear a mask during Sunday school and sit apart from the group during snack.
- Sunday school teachers and child care providers will be required to be vaccinated and boosted.
- Our Covid Advisory Committee encourages everyone be aware of the risks of attending large gatherings, particularly for those who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated. Please read their suggestions in this document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-9Ij4dDvNUl5JO7E8-3jDcQPSBqjkPXm/view
- We anticipate having some congregational discussion of our mask policy sometime this fall as children become fully vaccinated.
- Small groups and other Assembly and Faith participants are welcome to reserve space in the meetinghouse. Check the Facility Use/Reservations Calendar here. Please contact the church office to reserve space.
- We ask everyone to follow current CDC guidelines for Elkhart County when gathering in the meetinghouse. Event organizers/hosts may request that their guests take additional precautions (such as universal masking).
- You may use the tool below from the CDC website to check for current guidelines for Elkhart County, Indiana.
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- Many of us are celebrating that our young children (6 months – 5 years-old) are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Young children who recently received the first dose of the vaccine will be fully vaccinated in early September – early November (10 – 18 weeks after the first dose), depending on the timing of the multiple doses. (See: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html).
- Assembly is blessed with both a large congregation (so that we cannot practice physical distancing in our worship space) and a very age-diverse congregation (including both elderly members who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 even when vaccinated, and families with children who attend many different schools in the area). This presents us with challenges not all congregations have when considering how to safely gather for in-person worship.
- We are also blessed with a congregation that has a very high vaccination rate.
- If you have any questions or feedback regarding our COVID-19 policies, please contact Randy Roth, the chair of Leadership Group.
Current COVID numbers for Elkhart County can be viewed below (from https://covidactnow.org/us/indiana-in/county/elkhart_county/).