COVID-19 Information

August 12, 2021 (Slight Update 9/1/21)

With the rise of the delta variant and the governor’s new restrictions, several in our congregation have asked about possible changes to our church COVID protocols.

At this point in time, we are not planning any changes, which means that we will continue not to have any COVID restrictions.  See this recent update from Pastor Scott where he answers some questions that may arise.

COVID Update

The church’s leadership determined this plan for ministry based on the broad availability of vaccines and the time it would take for those who wished to receive a vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated.  At this point any such mitigation efforts would largely be attempts at protecting people who prefer not to be protected.

We will continue to seek to serve and love well those who may be negatively impacted by this decision, just as we have sought to serve and love well those who have been frustrated during the days of mask-wearing and distancing.  We love the entire body of Christ, irrespective of our various views on COVID protocols! We know that this change will mean that some will choose not to come to church as they had. However, we believe that the time has come for this decision.

Please know that we will continue to offer Livestream and Zoom opportunities as a means of participation for those who decide to remain involved remotely. Please continue in prayer for our ministry here at East White Oak.

What to do IF…

You are not feeling well.
For the sake of others, please consider not coming to church.

You experience COVID symptoms while at church.
We request that you leave the building as soon as possible. If a child exhibits symptoms of illness, class leaders will ask parents to take him or her home.

You test positive for COVID.
Please follow public health recommendations.

You have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.
Please follow public health recommendations.

You have traveled to a known COVID “hot spot.”
Please follow public health recommendations.

If East White Oak becomes aware of someone who tests positive for COVID after recently attending a church event or activity, the church will attempt to notify those who may have been exposed.

If you have any questions about an appropriate response to your specific set of circumstances, please contact the church office. We will be happy to provide you with guidance.