World Report

May 12, 2020

When Our Churches Reopen

From the Superintendent's DESK

Although some local governments are beginning to lift the COVID-19 restrictions, we continue to err on the side of caution. One certainty in this global pandemic is that COVID-19 is highly contagious; it only takes one carrier to result in an outbreak. We continue to encourage our pastors to be slow to reopen.

Our larger congregations, including Portland, remain closed to the public. Smaller congregations may be able to partially open before too long. Whether sooner or later, let us be guided by two primary concerns:

  1. Every individual must be concerned for others.
  2. Every individual must be concerned for and is responsible for himself or herself.

With regard to the first point, none of us should enter any public setting, church or otherwise, if we have had cold/flu-like symptoms in the last 72 hours, or have had contact with someone confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or have traveled internationally in the last 14 days. Regarding the second point, anyone who is frail or has an underlying health condition should remain home. Those in doubt should consult their physicians.

Beyond this, please look to your pastor for instruction about any new health measures that will be implemented at your local church upon reopening. We pray God will grant wisdom as each congregation takes steps forward, and that He will continue to meet with each individual, whether in our homes or at church.