PLC Statements/Guidance from Presbytery Staff

General Documents

These documents are essential reading as churches consider re-opening.

  • Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic (added June 10, 2020)
    • The Re-opening Task Force believes this is the most comprehensive and helpful document concerning worship we’ve seen to date It was published by the Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments.  
  • PCUSA Guidance for Returning to In-Person Worship
    • The first seven pages provide background material including a pastoral and theological statement.
    • Pages 8 and 9 outline a provisional timeline for consideration. This timeline is extremely useful for churches of every size.
    • Pages 10 through 12 offer a series of general considerations.
    • Pages 13-19 offer specific comments on worship.
  •  New York Times Article “Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases” (Added July 8, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions


Specific Recommendations and Things to Consider

Responses from Cascades Churches

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Contact Tracing

One of the most difficult aspects of re-opening our facilities is providing for the possibility of contacting everyone who has been present in our buildings should the need arise.  This article in Christianity Today provides guidance for establishing practices that enable swift contact tracing.  Among their recommendations are:

  • Keeping a log of every person who enters our facilities, when they were there, and where they sit. The log should include names and contact numbers.  The article suggests labeling pews and assigning seats or table numbers.  The log should be maintained for at least three weeks.
  • Having an individual or staff person identified to maintain registration logs. This person may be the logical choice to be the point of contact with local health authorities.

If you utilize church management software, you may want to check with the company to see if they provide a check-in app.  The Task Force will continue to research effective practices regarding contact tracing and update the website as resources are identified. 

PPE    Questions to consider:

  • It is recommended that everyone wear a mask when in the church. Is your church going to provide masks to people if they do not have their own?
  • How are you going to handle it when someone attends worship or a meeting without a mask? Who is the person(s) responsible for enforcing whatever decisions you make?

Several church supply companies are now selling masks and other equipment related to the coronavirus.  Their products have not been tried personally or their prices compared with other sellers.  This does not represent an endorsement of either company.

Worship     Questions to consider:


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