May 18, 2020 Update – Davie Street Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus update as of May 18, 2020

Dear Davie Street:

I am writing you in regard to the US District Court judgment in granting a temporary restraining order to a group of conservative Christian churches who filed a lawsuit against Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order #138. The Executive Order stated that churches could only conduct outdoor worship services with no more than 10 people in Phase 1 of the Governor’s reopening of North Carolina. With yesterday’s judgment, churches can worship indoors with an unspecified number of people for the next 14 days but should follow social distancing guidelines and sanitary protocols. In response the Governor’s office said while they disagree with the court’s decision they will not appeal. Instead they are “urging houses of worship and leaders to voluntarily follow public health guidance to keep their members safe.”
Irrespective of my thoughts and feelings surrounding the action by the District Court, I believe our first priority is to the health and welfare of our members and anyone who is associated with Davie Street. It is our responsibility that when we will eventually resume in-person worship that our facility meets health and sanitary standards so people will be comfortable in knowing we are providing a place of worship that is safe and will not compromise anyone’s health. The staff of New Hope Presbytery and clergy have engaged in discussion around when to return and appropriate health and sanitary guidelines that should be followed. Below are links to documents from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control, Presbyterian Church U.S.A, and letter from Rev. Ted Churn, Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of New Hope Presbytery. I am suggesting we use these documents as a guide toward reopening –
1) Guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services –
2) These are two documents from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). First link is guidance for faith organizations and the second one is related to COVID-19 and African Americans –
3) Recommended guidance from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Please pay specific attention to the section “Provisional Timeline: Contingent on Local Conditions and Latest Developments”¬†on page number 8 –
4) Attached is a letter from Rev. Ted Churn regarding recommended guidance for churches in New Hope Presbytery.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reply. Thank you for your service as elders and have a wonderful Sunday!
Rev. Wade