Solid Rock Bible Church COVID-19 Response Plans

COVID -19 Action Plan
Sep 1, 2020

If someone in the church is confirmed COVID-19 positive or is symptomatic pending test results or is identified as a close contact, these are the steps we will take:
Scenario 1
A church attender is confirmed to have COVID-19:
- This person would be asked to not attend church for 14 days since symptoms first appeared
- At least 24 hours with no fever (< 100.4 F) (without the use fever-reducing medication)
- Symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea etc.)
Household members or close contacts would also be asked to not attend church for those 14 days

Scenario 2
A church attender is symptomatic and pending COVID-19 results:
- This person would be asked to not attend church while awaiting test result
- This person will be asked not to attend church until they obtain a negative test result
- This person is symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medications prior to returning to church
Household members of close contact should be monitored for symptoms while waiting for test results.  If symptoms develop they should call their medical provider to be tested for COVID-19.  These individuals are not excluded from church at this point.

Scenario 3
A church attender is identified as a “close contact” to a confirmed COVID-19 case:
- This person would be asked to not attend church for 14 days since last date of exposure to person who tested positive for COVID-19.
 “Close contact” refers to someone who has spent at least 15 min. with a confirmed COVID-19 case within 6 feet without personal protective equipment (PPE)

In light of the COVID pandemic, Solid Rock Bible Church in making plans for ministry this fall, believes the following:

We believe in a biblical perspective.  Therefore, we will continue to stress the value of not only physical health, but also that of emotional, mental, and spiritual health.  We, the church, are called to care for the whole person in body, mind and soul. While pursuing this kind of ministry toward people we will strive to continue adhering to federal and local health and safety guidelines, but we will also look to biblical and other guidelines that enhance and provide for spiritual, emotional, and mental health.  

We believe in the call of the church to minister to human need.  Our community and world is facing a spiritual pandemic where emotional, mental and spiritual needs are being overlooked.  Anxiety, fear, depression, substance abuse and suicide are on the rise at an alarming rate. This is the reason we have decided to meet in person on Sundays and Wednesdays as well as ministries throughout the week. People in our church and in our society desperately need what God’s Word says we need as human beings: to put our trust in God, to hear truth, to speak truth to one another in fellowship, to pray and be prayed for by others, to worship God corporately, and to live our lives together in community and not in isolation where people become vulnerable in every way possible.

We believe in the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus.  Therefore, we will live in faith that he is in control of all things.  We will not be driven by fear, but by faith.  When our world reacts out of fear, we will strive to react in grace and in belief in the supremacy of Jesus.

We believe in the power of the Lord Jesus.  Therefore, we will continue to pray for the safety and health of our community.  When our world highlights man’s ability, we will highlight the power of Jesus.

We believe we are to be a light in our community.  Therefore, we will continue to live out our testimony in our community with wisdom and grace.  We will strive to place an emphasis on federal and local guidelines as a means to keep our testimony above reproach, but we will also place an emphasis on the gathering of our church body together as a means to share the unity and love of Christ we have with one another.

Safety Protocols
During any gathering we will:
  • Promote healthy hygiene practices providing hygiene stations throughout the church
  • Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer tissues, and no-touch trash cans
  • Create a traffic-flow-pattern that limits contact with others
  • Encourage use of masks while still ministering to those who cannot or are choosing not to wear a mask
  • 9:30 service will be a “mask required” service
  • 11:15 service will be a “mask optional” service
  • Ensure safe and correct cleaning and disinfecting applications before, in between, and after each service
  • Promote social distancing at services and other gatherings
  • Minimize community sharing of materials:  Bulletins, offerings, communion will be adjusted to conform to safety guidelines
  • Nursery will be available upon request only
  • Children’s ministry will take place only at 11:15 service where workers will be required to wear masks

Recent CDC data, from 8/14/2020, is alarming:
  • 25% of young adults 18-24 considered suicide in the last 30 days
  • -10% of all respondents considered suicide in the last 30 days
  • -41% of respondents reported an adverse mental or behavioral condition
  • -31% had symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder
  • -13% started or increased substance abuse to cope with COVID 19