As you have likely heard already, COVID-19 cases are increasing in Maryland. Earlier this week Governor Hogan announced new restrictions for indoor dining and also issued a public health advisory recommending indoor gatherings be limited to no more than 25. During the press conference, the Governor was asked if the advisory pertained to churches and other religious groups. He said that at this time it does not pertain to them. You can read the full executive order here.
Limited seating beginning 11/15
In light of the increase in cases and the Governor’s advisory, Metanoia’s Trustees decided that out of an abundance of caution and for the common good, we will limit our worship gathering attendance to 25 persons beginning this Sunday, November 15.
Reserve your seat; evaluate the risk
Here is what you need to know if you plan to attend the worship gathering.
- You must reserve a seat by Friday evening. Since our attendance capacity is limited to 25, we cannot guarantee a seat to anyone who shows up on Sunday morning without previously reserving a seat. Seats are reserved on a first-come basis. Those who reserve a seat after we reach 25 will be on a waiting list and will also be first to reserve seats at the next worship gathering. CLICK HERE to reserve your seat.
- Evaluate the risk. Attending indoor religious gatherings is considered a higher risk activity. That said, Metanoia has gone to great lengths to minimize risks: physical distancing, masks, no singing, well-ventilated building, and shortened worship service. As we’ve said since March, we know that Partners and attenders have various risk factors and levels of risk tolerance. We totally understand if you and your family are unable to attend at this time and we believe that you are able to worship in spirit and truth wherever you decide to worship this Sunday. So, whether or not you join us in person on Sunday morning, please join us in spirit by watching the live stream on YouTube and reach out to one another throughout the week to stay connected.
Thank you for your understanding, patience, and perseverance over the past 9 months as our leadership has navigated these uncharted waters. Your prayers, support, and encouragement have bolstered our faith with each difficult decision we make.
On behalf of the Trustees,
Adam L. Feldman, Lead Pastor