Important Message Regarding Re-opening of Churches

   With the substantial increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Florida Panhandle, many of which are community spread, your presbytery’s Coordinating and Planning Commission is reminding all church sessions and pastors of its previous recommendation regarding phased reopening of churches based upon conditions in your community. Please see the following chart: Phases in Re-Opening
   According to this chart, we are still in Phase One. Phase Two is reached when your community has 14 consecutive days of decrease in new cases of COVID-19, along with other criteria. We are nowhere near that criteria. If your church is continuing to meet in-person, whether inside or outside, CPC encourages you to stop and return to or develop online ways of participating in worship or other gatherings.
   CPC believes our churches need to lead by example that in-person gatherings risk exposing people to this terrible virus.  We all need to be part of the solution and not contributors to the problem.
    All church sessions are encouraged to vote to follow these guidelines.

Blessings and Peace,
Coordinating and Planning Commission:
Rev. Sharon Schuler, CPC Chair
Elder Roseanna Phillips, Presbytery Moderator
Rev. Michael Askew, Presbytery Vice Moderator/Committee on Representation Chair
Rev. Trinity Whitley, Committee on Preparation for Ministry Chair
Rev. Lisa Martin, Committee on Congregational Revitalization Chair
Elder Ken Densmore, Committee on Dogwood Acres Chair
Rev. John Kupar, Committee on Educational Resources Chair
Rev. A. J. Mealor, Committee on New Congregational Development Chair
Elder Leslie Yandle, Committee on Nominations Chair
Rev. Mark Broadhead, Committee on Ministry Chair
Elder W. O. Bell, Committee on Presbytery Administration Chair

Click here for a video message from General Presbyter Roy Martin regarding re-opening of churches.

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