How is Discovery continuing to prepare & respond to the pandemic & what do I need to know? Updated Jan 13, 2022

The health of our community is important. In accordance with requirements provided by the department of health, we will continue to worship and navigate gathering in a manner that supports the well-being of all. We understand and respect that everyone has unique circumstances, perspectives, desires and opinions. We hope this document will allow us to unify around a loving response to the pandemic, even though it will require all of us to bear with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2). We are committed to promoting worship spaces that support the state’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please consider the following as you decide how to join us on Sunday morning, whether in-person or via livestream:

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms? If so, please stay home & let us know if you need anything.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*If you are experiencing one of these symptoms, even if you are confident it is seasonal allergies or some other illness, we ask that you join us via livestream until you are feeling better AND your symptoms have subsided. We ask you to follow the CDCs current recommendations.

What is considered a “close contact”:

Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (ex: 3 individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, if they are asymptomatic, 2 days before their specimen that tested positive was collected), until they meet the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

I’m considered a close contact, now what?

People who are identified as close contacts should follow CDC recommendations to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Recommendations for close contacts to quarantine, get tested, and wear well-fitting masks after exposure to COVID-19 will vary depending on vaccination status and history of prior COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 90 days. People who have come into close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the most recent CDC recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated? How can I know if I am?

This is a crucial question that will help you know what to do when you are exposed to COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website to find out if you are considered fully vaccinated.

What should I do if I or someone in my house is feeling sick or showing mild cold symptoms?

This is a great question and one of the most difficult aspects of the pandemic. Out of an abundance of caution and love, we ask that if you are not feeling completely healthy, you join us via the livestream and follow the CDC guidelines.

What if I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

We ask that you follow the CDC quarantine guidelines. There are specific steps for almost every situation and circumstance.

Discovery has canceled service in the past due to COVID. How is that decision made?

We have a bias toward gathering based on the biblical instruction in Hebrews 10:24-25. At the same time, we are guided in our decision making by Jesus’ clear command to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39). We have and will continue to evaluate these decisions as a staff and with the guidance of our church council through these biblical lenses.

Should I make my decisions differently depending on whether I’m serving in kids ministry, other volunteer roles or simply attending service?

No, if you have any symptoms, exposure to COVID-19 or you are a close contact, we would ask you to stay home, watch on-line, and follow the CDC guidelines.

Should my small group be meeting? How should we handle COVID-19?

Each individual group will need to make the best decision for the group. Pastor Bobby is available anytime to help groups process that decision. In general, we encourage each small group to touch base monthly about their decision and to follow all the CDC guidelines.

When will this end and we get back to normal as a church?

The Lord knows when this will end. There may be a new normal for all of us. We trust him and will continue to follow the CDC guidelines until the pandemic is over.

What’s our mask policy?
Everyone 5 years and older (or 3 years and older if participating in a Disco Kids class) is expected to wear a mask fitted over the nose and mouth at Sunday services. Each small group should refer to the CDC guidelines and follow them.

What should I do if I think someone is not following our guidelines?
We should all do our best to follow the principles given by Jesus in Matthew 18:15-17. Prayerfully pursue a grace-filled and gentle conversation with the person.

If you need help after that, seek counsel from our pastoral staff.