COVID-19 Return to In-Person Worship

Message from Pastor Adam

Reopening Plan
Our reopening continues to be based upon the statistical data of COVID-19 cases present in Coconino County. The above chart gives us two vital points of measurement for safe reopening. First, it gives us the number of new cases that the county is seeing. Second, it present us with the infection rate (how quickly COVID is spreading in Coconino County).

With both of these metrics decreasing, we are moving back into in-person worship and limited events. If these metrics rise significantly, we will return back to online worship.

Please review the modifications to worship that we will be observing during this time:
Modified In-Person Worship Plan

To help us maintain safe distances during worship, we are limiting the number of individuals in the sanctuary during all services. Please bookmark the below page and use it to reserve your safe space for upcoming worship services!
Worship Services Reservations

One worship service a week is streamed and saved for those who are unable to return or are uncomfortable wearing masks. Those links will be made available through our weekly email newsletters. You can sign-up for the newsletter below:
SOTH Newsletter Sign Up


Reference Documents
Returning to In-Person Worship – ELCA Guiding Document
This document was authored by our national church body and describes some “best practices” for reopening following the CDC/White House guidelines (see below). This guiding document is an essential part of our decision-making process, but does not define all our actions.

Reference Web Pages
CDC/White House Guidelines for Phased Reopening https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
The national website developed to inform reopening based upon COVID-19 statistics for an area. The ELCA and Shepherd of the Hills are basing our reopening plans upon this guidance.

Coconino County Public Health COVID-19 Data Page – https://www.coconino.az.gov/2376/Dashboard-Data
This website provides all of us the COVID-19 statistics for our county. This information informs our position in our phased reopening and helps us remain aware of the impact the virus is having around us.