As implementation of the official governmental phases begin, perspectives and opinions on what is appropriate during each phase will vary. Our hope is that these recommendations might assist you as you make decisions about next steps and help sessions and congregations discern the path for their community.
Please note that we have not yet met the gating criteria for Phase One according to the
Opening Up America guidelines
and that we will need to be nimble as we adapt to and between each phase.
There is no pressure or rush from this task force or from the staff of the Presbytery of Greater
Atlanta to begin in-person worship prior to meeting the gating criteria of Phase Two.
We encourage you to take this time to create a strategic plan for your context.
We also strongly recommend that you speak directly with your insurance company as a first step as you prepare for these phases.
The attached infographic titled
"COVID-19 Prevention Strategies" offers explicit strategies and tools to help you begin preparing your faith community and your building as we anticipate these phases.
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving daily, and we are called, as faith leaders, to evolve alongside it. As we stand together at the intersection of faith and health, we will stand unified by our commitment to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Let us go forth in faith,
The COVID-19 Reopening to Reimagining Task Force
Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Executive Presbyter
Rev. Joy Fisher, Congregational Consultant
Elder Destiny Williams, McDonough Presbyterian Church, PGA Moderator
Rev. Hamilton Barnes, Piedmont Hospital Chaplain
Rev. James Goodlet, First Presbyterian Church - LaGrange
Rev. Bradley Kibler,
Master of Public Health (MPH)
, Shallowford Presbyterian Church
Rev. Olive Mahabir, First Presbyterian Church - Jonesboro
Rev. Erin Morgan, First Presbyterian Church - Monroe
Rev. Francis Son, Korean Community Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier, First Presbyterian Church - Atlanta
Rev. Hodari Williams, New Life Presbyterian Church