COVID-19 Updates

Interim Guidelines for In-Person Meetings of the Church in Los Angeles

(updated July 18, 2021)

The state of California and LA County’s guidance for “places of worship” continues to evolve. The elders of the church will continue to exercise prudence in this matter. Our guidance here only pertains to what we would normally consider to be church meetings (e.g. Lord’s table meeting, prayer meetings), and does not extend to ordinary course personal interactions among the saints.

Although we love to be together, we also pay attention to Romans 14 on practicing the church life. Romans 14:21 reminds us: “It is good not to…do anything by which your brother stumbles.” In our current environment we do not want any in-person gathering to stumble a saint. We paraphrase verse 3: “He who meets in person, let him not despise him who does not meet in person; and he who does not meet in person, let him not judge him who meets in person.” 

Health and Safety Precautions:

  • Masks are required to attend indoor church meetings regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Maximize ventilation of indoor meeting places
  • Masks and gloves are required for preparing and distributing the bread and the wine
  • All attendees should self-screen for any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell) over the last 2 weeks and not come if they screen positive.
  • Sanitizing hands upon arrival is recommended 

References: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Beyond-Blueprint-Framework.aspx