UPDATE – August 3, 2020
The COVID Response Team reviewed the preschool administration’s plans and safety protocols implemented to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus amongst the students and teachers. The staff of the preschool has been working tirelessly since the outset of the pandemic in March to think of innovative ways to provide a safe, nurturing environment for the children to grow socially, academically, spiritually and emotionally. The preschool is following all guidance of state and local health authorities as well as continuing to follow all accreditation standards. After review, the response team affirms that all plans and contingencies are well thought and we are focused on supporting the Preschool’s carefully planned, safe re-opening.
At this time, the rest of the church property will remain closed to the general public to maintain a safe work environment for our clergy and staff. Specific requests for outdoor events will be individually considered on a case by case basis. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.
UPDATE – June 11, 2020
Adhering to Safer at Home guidelines, St. Andrew church doors remain temporarily closed for large group gatherings and worship. Yet our outreach, mission and vision have never ceased as we strive to serve and strengthen our community during this critical time. The St. Andrew clergy and staff team provide continuous care, quality online connection, learning and worship throughout the week.
As safety practices are now in place, the St. Andrew clergy and staff team began returning to the building for more regular office hours effective Monday June 8th. In the weeks and months ahead, we are focused on launching deeply intentional and meaningful small group gatherings and community life. As we shared recently, it seems that large sanctuary worship is still a few months away. To move forward safely, we continually monitor updates and respond to the latest health and safety protocols as determined by the Center for Disease Control Guidance for Communities of Faith, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, The United Methodist Church and all regional agencies.
Responses to our first St. Andrew COVID survey highlighted how profoundly we love – and are willing to persevere with patience – in order to best protect our entire interconnected community. Survey responses recognized many parishioners remain in the most vulnerable, Stay at Home, compromised health category. A voluminous number of our voices expressed concern for community members who are socially isolated and /or are technologically isolated during these unprecedented times. Many respondents expressed a high level of concern for returning to large group worship and welcome new and heightened safety measures to protect our community, church family and building. Understanding and inviting new safety measures and practices, as outlined by Governor Polis, forty-three percent of survey respondents expressed readiness to return to large group worship. Sixty-three percent voiced a readiness to join in small group gatherings.
The COVID Response Team always welcomes your thoughts and input. We are grateful for your dedication to radically loving and inclusive community, and for honoring the Imago Dei in each of us. We will continue working diligently toward safely opening the physical doors of St. Andrew.
*COVID-19 health and safety resources:
Covid Response Team Members:
Lana Banbury (chair)