Dear Covenant Church Family,
It has been reported that Bucks County had 826 new cases of COVID last week, which is a sizable increase from previous weeks. Even with the good news that the rate of deaths and hospitalizations have not risen, it’s still a sobering reminder of the ongoing impact of this global pandemic.
We have sought not to succumb to fear or human pressure, but to willingly practice and apply measures and guidelines that would amplify the love and care of Christ for our neighbors, both within our church and throughout the broader community. But even with all the precautions and guidelines, we have understood that we could never guarantee absolute safety or security. We could not eliminate all risk of exposure or contracting COVID.
That truth hit home today when one of our very own staff members tested positive. They have been in quarantine since exhibiting symptoms late last week but were present in worship services on November 1 and in the office up until November 4. While we are not permitted to name names, we do ask for your prayers as they recover at home.
In response, contact will be made with those who had direct contact while at church during the prescribed window of exposure. We are also making the decision, out of an abundance of care and precaution, to close our building to in-person gatherings until Monday, November 23. Because this case involved a staff person, we are taking this added step in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of the virus.
This is a call for all of us to be vigilant in caring for ourselves and others. It’s also a call to be like Christ, to extend His grace and persevere in doing the good we are called to do. Your understanding, cooperation, and prayers are needed and appreciated.
We will still be holding on-line worship services and ministries. Over the next two Sundays, services will be streamed at 9 and 11am. We may not be in the building, but we are still a body, a community of faith whose hope and security rests squarely on Jesus!
Grace and Peace,