Update on the Crosspointe Church Reopening Plan
(submitted by Crosspointe Elders)
Published July 2, 2020
On July 1st, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases statewide and locally here in Allegheny County, Governor Wolf issued a mandatory wearing of masks in public. The leadership of Crosspointe understands this may have raised questions regarding our reopening plan and whether this will affect our recent reopening of worship services.
Does this mandate from Governor Wolf affect our in-person services? The short answer: not really. As our church family knows, Crosspointe has made the wearing of masks and social distancing a matter for each individual to decide. Our church family has always been encouraged to be wise in considering options, because everyone must decide for themselves their comfort level, safety, and health risk. The purpose of continuing to live stream the worship services is so our church family has the option of staying home if necessary until the crises is over.
It likely hasn’t been emphasized enough, but Governor Wolf’s order back in March, and amended many times, actually has a provision in it about churches and other “houses of worship” being excluded from the orders. Here is that paragraph in full from his latest order, dated May 27, 2020:
“Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations established by this Order. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures like masking at their gatherings.”
Today, July 2, the Allegheny County Health Department ordered the temporary closure of all gatherings more than 25 individuals for one week, but also contains a provision regarding churches and other “houses of worship” being excluded from the order. Here is that paragraph in full:
“This Order does not apply to religious gatherings held by churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, or other places of worship. Religious institutions remain subject to any requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.”
We do not want to give the impression of being rebellious toward our governing authority. We are grateful to the Governor that he recognizes the freedom of worship our Constitution affords us. We also recognize your freedom to do what you believe is best for your family during this season.
- Hospitality: the hospitality area will remain closed to the church family until further notice. Coffee, tea & juices will not be available. Drinks are permitted in the church building, and the church family is encouraged to bring their own water, coffee, or drinks for their children.
- Children’s Ministry: beginning July 12th we will be offering children’s classes for both services: nursery, preschool & elementary. Classrooms will be spread out as much as possible. Hand sanitizers are available for the kids, and volunteers will help them wash their hands frequently. If parents are not ready to send their children to class, kids are always welcome to worship with their mom and dad. All classroom areas will be fully sanitized after each service. Our goal is to keep the classrooms clean and disinfected.
If you have any questions, please contact either Pastors Mike or Andrew, or any elder in the church. Most importantly, pray for wisdom, health and grace as we proceed through challenging times. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Grace & peace,
The Crosspointe Elders