Posted by Jenny Morgan

As of August 21, 2021, DeKalb County is categorized as an area of “High Transmission” for COVID-19 and the positivity rate has increased to 12.09%. Even with the increased risk, the CDC states that getting fully vaccinated, wearing masks indoors, and maintaining social distance of 6 feet or more continue to be the best and most effective ways we can stay safe and healthy. Our goal, as always, is to follow public health guidance in order to create as safe and unrestrictive an environment as possible to worship our Lord, move in prayer, stay rooted in the Word, and fellowship with each other. With this goal in mind, we have slightly revised our protocol regarding vaccinations:

  • People over the age of 12 may enter the building and participate in person for services two weeks after they receive their first shot for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the only shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They MUST also commit to and receive the second shot for Moderna or Pfizer.
  • The three vaccines are between 80% and 90% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 after one dose. The research suggests this level of protection is established between 14 to 21 days after the first shot is received.
  • We strongly encourage all those who are eligible for a vaccine to get vaccinated so they can return to church as quickly as possible.
  • For others who cannot or choose not to get vaccinated, we continue to ask you to participate in Sunday worship virtually for your own safety and the safety of our children under 12. Our live-streamed contemporary service is available on YouTube and our Spanish-language service is available on Facebook.

Below is an update on church activities.

  • The Blessings Yard Sale has been canceled.
  • Fall Fest will take place outdoors on October 16 for active Skyland participants only. For safety reasons, guests and community members will not be able to attend this year. Activities and food offerings will be scaled down. The event will be canceled if there is inclement weather.
  • Holy Grounds, Wednesday night activities, and Sunday school will not resume until further notice.
  • Small group Bible studies and meetings may meet Monday through Friday in the chapel, sanctuary, fellowship hall, or dining room to allow for social distancing. These activities must be pre-approved and scheduled online in Planning Center.
  • The Spanish-language worship service will remain in the upstairs youth room.
  • Our traditional, contemporary and Spanish-language services are available in person and the two 11 a.m. services are streamed on YouTube and Facebook. In-person attendees are asked to sit in family groups. Pews and seats will be roped off to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between groups.

We will consider amending these protocols and resuming postponed activities when our risk level in DeKalb County improves to “moderate” or better on the CDC’s Level of Community Transmission scale. The Health and Wellness group plans to meet again on September 23 to review current conditions, though we will meet sooner if infection rates increase substantially or if the CDC modifies any guidance to safety protocols.

Thank you, as always, for your prayers, support and patience.