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Re-opening decision details:

The church reopened for in-person worship in late June, as new COVID-19 cases in Fulton County began to significantly increase. In mid-July, all of Fulton County spiked to a positivity rate of 15%. The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive who have been tested.  Based on this quantitative data and qualitative input from Lay Leadership, a decision was made to suspend in-person worship.

 

Since that decision, we have been monitoring detailed data from the Fulton County Board of Health. This is the source data for the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 statistics widely reported through various media outlets. This report, which is updated 3 times each week is available here. Within this report, the rate of new cases is available by specific zip codes in North Fulton.

 

Each week, as the metrics continued trending down from the peak on July 15, the Leadership Team analyzed the data and determine if the quantitative data indicated we should consider reopening in-person worship. Our focus has been on the rate of new cases in North Fulton, tracked by the zip codes our congregation lives in, and the positivity rate for Fulton County.

 

Based on quantitative data showing new COVID-19 cases in the North Fulton zip codes significantly decreasing and the Positivity Rate of 8% for all of Fulton County (below the “Red Zone” rate of 10%), along with qualitative input from Lay Leadership, a decision has been made to resume in-person worship on September 6.

 

We will continue providing all worship services on-line and trust our people will self-select on worshipping in-person or on-line, based on their individual circumstances and what is best for their family. The same protocols and processes used when we opened on June 28 will remain in place, including 9 foot distancing in the sanctuary, controlled seating, and exit processes to maintain social distancing. Masks will be required at all times, including during worship services, and attendance will be recorded to ensure we are able to contact anyone participating during in-person worship.

Safety Guidelines
 
overall guidelines:
  • Anyone sick or who has been around someone sick is asked to stay home.

  • Maintain six (6) feet of social distancing when possible.

  • We ask that people refrain from hugging and/or shaking hands.

  • Wearing of masks is required entering into and exiting the building and the entire time you are in the building.

  • For groups meeting on-site, please do not rearrange the furniture in the room where you are meeting. (Weekday as well as Sunday).

  • The building is regularly being cleaned and sanitized for your safety.

  • Food for church-sponsored events and programming is allowed so long as it is individually packaged. This includes both food and drink (e.g. Bottled water or Jason's Deli).

Sunday morning guidelines:
  • Move from the parking lot directly to the sanctuary upon entering.

  • Volunteers will guide you to the appropriate doors to enter the sanctuary and which section is available for seating.

  • Bring your own Bible, pen, and paper for use during the message (this includes materials you will need for children).

  • Bulletins will not be handed out.

  • Communion will remain virtual and will be a separate service.

  • Offering plates will be available at sanctuary doors to collect your offering.

  • Food and coffee are being suspended at this time.

  • On September 13 we are reopening Nursery, Children’s, and Special Needs Ministry Programming at 9:30 and 11:00 AM.

    • Temperature checks at check-in, and masks required for all children age 3 and up.

    • We will continue to provide our online resources for children.

  • The lower level and balcony are available for your use.

  • Seating is marked to allow for proper physical distancing, ushers will help direct you.

  • When using the restroom, please wash your hands (20 seconds) before exiting.

  • Please remain seated until an usher releases your section.

  • Move from the sanctuary to the parking lot upon exiting to allow time to clean the area.

Let us know if you have a question:
Mount
pisgah
   Church

678.336.3000

info@mountpisgah.org

2850 Old Alabama Rd

Johns Creek, GA 30022

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