Based upon the summer spike of Covid-19 cases in Madison County, the pastors and board of directors are not ready to announce a definitive date for a return to modified, social-distanced, in-person worship services at Spirit of the Cross.
The top priority in these times of the coronavirus is to make decisions in the best interest of the health and safety of the Spirit of the Cross congregation and to make those decisions to the best of our ability with the best information available. We continue to analyze data about Madison County’s COVID-19 infection rates as published by the Alabama Department of Public Health. The new color-coded risk assessement map and health guidelines for reopening document published each Friday by the Department of Public Health are important tools we are using as we prayerfully discern when to return to in-person worship gatherings. Clink the following hyperlink to view these documents Alabama Department of Public Health Color-Coded Risk Assessemnt Map and Health Guidelines for Reopening We also continue consultations with the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ in regards to the return and we continue to monitor construction progress on the new city parking lot that 80% of our congregation uses on Sundays.
Our plans are set in regards to the modified, social-distanced, in-person worship services. We are ready to roll. We are simply waiting on consistent positive data in regards to infection rates and, of course, the completion of the new parking lot. Hopefully, we will be able to set a definite date sooner rather than later. We all miss the in-person gatherings and we anticipate with joy the announcement of return as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so.
We are people of the resurrection. There are signs of hope. Keep the faith. We will return. We will get through this. Grace and peace to all.