Westminster Reopening FAQs
July 14, 2020
Dear Westminster family,
The Way Forward Committee continues to meet every other week to discern a path forward in these COVID-19 days. As always, the health and safety of our Westminster family are our top priority. We are also aware that we are all longing to be with each other in person again. While our region is still in Phase 4 of Governor Whitmer’s Reopening Plan, we are seeing significant increases in cases in Kent County this past month.
With this in mind, as well as guidance from our Presbytery and watching national trends, the Way Forward Committee made four recommendations to the Session at its July 13 meeting. All four recommendations were adopted and/or tweaked and are now procedures we will follow. Even as the situation in the state and nation continues to change, these procedures may also change.
- Westminster will offer space for funerals of 50 or fewer people as long as the guidelines are followed. You can access the guidelines here.
- Outdoor group meetings of 25 or fewer people can meet as long as the guidelines are followed. You can access those guidelines here.
- Given the fact that singing and music made by wind instruments are high risk for the spread of COVID-19, all choir and wind rehearsals and performances be suspended at least through December 2020. This suspension can be lifted, of course, if a reliable vaccine is accessible or the situation changes in other ways.
- In-person worship services in the sanctuary will be suspended through December of 2020. This suspension can be lifted, of course, if a reliable vaccine is accessible or the situation changes in other ways.
The Way Forward Committee and the Session also talked extensively about Westminster Camp 2020, previously known as Family Camp. The decision has been made to not do Westminster Camp in 2020.
Your church leadership has been working on what the fall may look like with the above restrictions. As you know, even though the church building itself is closed, the church of Jesus Christ is alive and well. May Christ continue to lead us as we discern how to be faithful disciples in these challenging days.
Grace and peace,
The Way Forward Committee