29 Jun 2020 | 12:00 am - 12:00 am

To read the PPC COVID-19 Taskforce Report, click HERE. Below is a message from The Session of Providence Presbyterian Church:

Dear Providence Presbyterian Congregation,

The Regathering Task Force has researched, met, and put a great deal of thought and work into the attached interim report.  The Session of Providence has received this report with gratitude for their efforts and would like to pass the full report on to you.  Please note that the congregational survey is included in the report in Appendix B.

The Task Force has proposed COVID-19 mitigation measures based on guidance from public health authorities allowing a way for small groups to gather both outside and inside in a safe manner.  They do not as yet propose that we begin gathering in person for Worship.  The Session considered and approved these proposals.  However, the Session encouraged the Task Force to continue to explore ideas, options, and the logistics involved for the Providence family to begin in-person Worship services safely.  They will report to the Session monthly on their findings, including any new information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services related to this matter.  

We recognize that when we are able to regather indoors for Worship, we will be doing so in the Christian Life Center out of mitigation and distancing concerns.  This may be our Worship venue for quite some time.  Consequently, the Session will ask our Worship, Music, Property, and Growth and Vision Committees to examine and recommend improvements (sound proofing, for example), additionally Session asks that these groups explore upgrades to our technology for audio and video presentations, and any other improvements that will enable us to better facilitate in-person and online Worship services, small group gatherings, as well as other on-campus gatherings.  Session will also ask the Worship Committee to explore ideas that follow the measures set forth by the Task Force. 

Lastly, the Regathering Task Force is developing proposed COVID-19 mitigation measures for the Providence Presbyterian Preschool. The focus is on safety concerns for the children and families we serve, as well as the staff. They will also address whether to gather in-person and if so, how recommended mitigation measures will be executed and managed at the Preschool. 

There is still much work to be done, but it would not be possible had not the Regathering Task Force worked so hard to bring us this far.  A huge thank you is in order, and a lot of prayers for safe and speedy regathering are requested.  

Grace and peace,
The Session of Providence Presbyterian Church