COVID-19 scheduling update

 

Greetings, Shandon members!

Since June 15, Shandon’s Reopening Task Force has met twice via Zoom to discuss reopening our beloved church for worship and fellowship. The task force includes medical and business professionals, church leaders and a full complement of ages, stages and perspectives, all of whom are aligned in common purpose: to ensure the safety and well-being of every member of our church family.  Based upon our recommendations, Session has approved the following:

  • With the exception of small children, masks must be worn by everyone who enters our church facility for any reason. Signage has been posted at building entry points.
  • Special time-sensitive worship services approved by Session (funerals/memorials, ordinations or weddings) may not exceed 10 participants, including pastoral or church leaders. Instrumental or pre-recorded music only.

Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation in our state, we have held off making concrete decisions regarding a potential reopening date, including in-person worship. Reopening will be guided by DHEC benchmarking of at least two weeks of steadily declining infection rates in Richland County (at which point, smaller, modified services may be considered). The Task Force will reconvene and assess progress every two weeks, or sooner if there is evidence of a more rapid decline in infection rates. 

Recognizing everyone’s desire to reconnect and get back into our beautiful sanctuary once again, please know that our approach will be methodical and thoughtful, based on sound medical advice. Safety will prevail over expediency in all of our recommendations to Session, and we will keep you apprised of developments. We welcome your feedback and ask for your prayerful support as we seek to make sound decisions for our entire Shandon community.  

Respectfully,

Shandon’s Reopening Task Force

Debbie Alexander, Stacy Brennan, Jenna Foster Cox, Janet Hamilton, Jenny McDevitt, Linda McDonald, Matt McCall, Sarah Ramsey, Diana Thorne, and Robert Walker