Nov. 1 COVID Updates
October 30, 2020
Dear EBC Members and Guests,
As we re-open Adult, Youth, and Children’s Sunday School, the elders feel that out of the abundance of caution, it is necessary to continue with our current Covid-19 safety policies.
On November 1, we will return to a full Sunday morning schedule. Please follow the guidelines and required safeguards. As our senior members are at higher risk of contracting Covid, they are asked to use their own judgement when and if they will return to church services, Sunday School, and other activities at this time.
We are asking that everyone comply with the policies below and remember that our policies have been established out of our love for each other as God has commanded us.
Properly wear a face mask:
• when entering and exiting the building,
• when moving to or around any room,
• while singing or speaking.
You may remove your mask when you’re seated.
Observe social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet away from others while standing or when seated.
At the conclusion of any activity, maintain social distancing and move conversations outside.
Please stay at home if you exhibit symptoms such as coughing, fever, fatigue, joint aches, loss of taste or smell or any other symptoms related to a Covid infection.
CHILDREN’S WING MODIFICATIONS
Returning for Sunday school: Babies - 1s & K5 - 5th Returning for Worship Service: Babies - 2s
There will be no Praiseville at this time.
Since children are at an extremely decreased risk of contracting Covid, they will not be required to wear a mask, however, our adult teachers will wear masks when 2 or more adults are in the same classroom; and, are asked to follow the other existing Covid policies.
SUNDAY SCHOOL, WORSHIP SERVICE, AND OTHER ACTIVITY SEATING
All adults are asked to follow the above Covid policies going to, from and during Sunday School, Worship Services and mid-week activities. The chairs in each of the Sunday School rooms are spaced out to maintain social distancing. The pews in the sanctuary are roped off to maintain social distancing as well. Also, please follow all Covid policies when attending any mid-week activity or event.
OFFERING AND LORD’S SUPPER
Offering boxes will continue to be placed at the rear of the sanctuary and vestibule.
When served, the Lord’s Supper will be distributed by the elders and deacons in self-serve containers.
ON-LINE STREAMING OF OUR WORSHIP SERVICES CONTINUE
For those who feel that further caution is needed, our worship service will be streamed online. Simply go to www.edgewoodga.com on Sundays at 10:30 am and click on the live stream link. A playback link will also be posted that can be viewed at any other time.
THE SPIRIT BEHIND THE POLICY: LOVE
We realize that no matter what policies we establish for church gatherings, we will have members who disagree. There is too much competing and conflicting information and too many viewpoints for all to agree on a path forward. However, we want to affirm that any disagreements over EBC’S COVID response is trivial in light of what we share in Christ. Therefore our response is out of love for all of our members and the following commands of God are truth for us to obey as we navigate this pandemic.
Jesus says this specifically, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” He continues, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” The Bible further implores us in John 4:21, “He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
Other reminders from scripture:
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will
pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears ... But the greatest of these is love.
Please continue to pray for the elders as our church is facing many weighty decisions.