King of Glory’s Return to Campus Task Force has developed protocols for staff, ministry and community groups, and worshippers to use to protect everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are based on state and local regulations and follow CDC, CAL OSHA, and OC Public Health Department guidelines. Protocols have been approved by King of Glory’s Church Council and are updated as needed to remain in full compliance. All staff, group participants and worshippers will also be asked to sign the Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability for COVID-19 as recommended by our insurance carrier.
Click on a tab below to download the appropriate guidelines for each group.
Please contact the Deacon for Administration and Congregational Care with any comments or questions.
- Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability
- Return to In-Person Worship Outdoor Guidelines
- KOG Return to Campus for Groups
- KOG Return to Work Guidelines
- Return to In-Person Worship Guidelines
July 13, 2020
The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:19-24
Dear Rostered Ministers and Lay Leaders of California’s Pacifica Synod Congregations,
Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued new public health directives to 30 counties in the state of California, including Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, where all of Pacifica’s California congregations are located. The directives require that congregations cease meeting indoors for worship for the time being.
This does not mean that we are not to worship. Many of our congregations are continuing their good work of providing online worship services. Others may hold outdoor worship services, provided masks are worn, physical distancing is maintained, and other measures are taken to ensure, as much as possible, that the virus will not be spread during the outdoor service. I urge you to worship, but I also urge you to comply with the law, a law that protects your neighbors from the virus. Indoor worship should cease for now until California public health officials have deemed it safe to being again.
It is difficult, after waiting so long to be together, to hear that we may not meet for worship inside our sanctuaries. But Christians are used to doing what is difficult in service to our neighbor. As long as the virus threatens to overwhelm our health care system, we need to do all we can to slow its spread so that the sick may obtain life-saving treatments. By doing this, we are showing love not only to those who worship with us, but also to our neighbors who serve as doctors, nurses, and other health care workers.
From the beginning, I have asked our congregations to abide by directives from public health officials. Please see my letter about reopening congregations that was sent out on June 3. This short letter continues in that vein. Please abide by the directives of California’s governor.
In John 4, Jesus was asked a question by a Samaritan woman who wondered if it was permissible to worship away from Jerusalem, particularly away from the temple, the sanctuary where people were commanded to worship. Jesus responded by telling her that those who worship God must worship in spirit and truth. The place is not as important as the Spirit who calls us to worship and who blesses us as we turn to God in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. That God will be with us wherever we worship—in our homes, outdoors, and, in time, back in our sanctuaries. Until that time comes, please know that God is with you, and do God’s important work of caring for your neighbors.
Yours in Christ
Bishop Andy Taylor/he, him, his
Pacifica Synod of the ELCA
Together in Christ we equip, accompany, and serve boldly so all may experience God’s boundless grace.
Bishops’ Joint Letter Against
Re-opening for Public Worship
May 22, 2020
Dear People of God of the congregations of the Sierra Pacific Synod, the Southwest California Synod, and the Pacifica Synod:
Grace and peace to you, in the name of the risen and ascended Christ!
It is with concern that we reach out to you today, on the eve of Memorial Day weekend and the last Sunday of Easter, having just witnessed in a televised message by the President of the United States a statement declaring that the nation’s churches should open for public worship this weekend. We understand the strong desire of our people to worship together, particularly on a meaningful weekend like this one. We wish to state for the sake of our church and its people that we believe the advice to re-open this weekend is at odds with the prevailing medical understanding of the course of this virus and the ways to prevent its spread.
We call on you to continue to listen to those state and local public health experts who, using the best medical and scientific information available, have already given us sensible guidelines to follow in our states and in the counties of our synods. Churches remain places of particularly high risk for contagion, and recent cases in many states have confirmed that opening prematurely can be catastrophic. We cannot ensure, in all our congregations, the sanitation and distancing requirements necessary to be together for worship. Nor has the risk of infection decreased in many parts of our synods-and both a reduction in infections and effective measures to block contagion will be needed before we will be able to gather in person again.
This is not a question of religious liberty. Nothing earthly-no government, indeed no virus-can come between us and the love of God. The decision to quarantine us for a time is a public health decision, and we are obligated, for our own good and the good of our neighbor, to do the right thing-which in this case is to refrain from non-essential gatherings. Our faith is not optional-indeed it is “essential” to us as Christians-but it does not override our higher duty to consider our neighbor’s welfare in a time of medical emergency.
Though in normal times people of faith gather every week for praise and proclamation on the day of Christ’s resurrection, we are not absolutely required to do so in spite of every obstacle. We have alternatives right now; we do not need to be able to gather together physically in order to worship God-for God hears our prayers wherever we are and whenever we are. We may pray, we may hear the proclamation of the Word, and we may read and study the scriptures-we may even assemble in digital communities on Sundays-without endangering ourselves and others by gathering together in our church buildings.
Lutherans, in particular, know that there is nothing sacred about a church building except as our sentiment makes it so, and that God is as accessible to us in personal intercession as in corporate prayer. Again, we say, this time of separation is not a time of separation from God. You may cultivate and even expand and intensify your faith in this time of sheltering at home. God is with us in each of our homes right now as surely as God is with us anywhere. And at the appropriate, safe time, we will gather again for the face-to-face worship we so miss and for which we ardently long. We share a hope that will come soon.
Again, we do not think resuming in-person worship ahead of the public health advisories is a good choice. It would be neither wise nor faithful for us to endanger our elders and those communities of poverty and color who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Nor would it be faithful to expose ourselves and our friends to contagion, or to rush into gatherings that are more likely to harm us than to bring us the peace we desire.
We call on the pastors, deacons, and lay leadership of our synods to comply with the standing public health directives in their localities. We recognize that as these directives continue to change, we will stay in dialogue with you. Our faithfulness to God is shown by our love of our neighbors, and in this situation there is a clear witness to be made-the one that best shows care for others.
May God bless and protect us all.
Bishop Mark W. Holmerud
Bishop R. Guy Erwin
Bishop Andy Taylor
May 22, 2020
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