Northwest church of the Nazarene is committed to the safety and the wholeness of our congregation and community. As information about the virus and the response by authorities is available, the church will adapt to better serve our mission.
COLUMBUS MAYORAL EXECUTIVE ORDER MASK MANDATE
A note from pastor Sam
On September 8th, 2021, Columbus’ Mayor, Andrew Ginther, signed an executive order requiring masks in all publicly accessible indoor spaces in Columbus, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. According to the article in the Columbus Dispatch, “state, federal and religious buildings are not included.” Northwest Church of the Nazarene is therefore not included in this mandate.
With the rise of the delta variant, and in the spirit of community protection, it is wise to consider this mandate as we attend our services. Many do not wear masks for valid reasons and convictions; however, this is a temporary attempt to reduce exposure to those who are not vaccinated or vulnerable.
This Sunday, and the many following, we will not judge those who wear or do not wear a mask. As a church, our calling is to serve one another while trusting God for our protection. We will not yield to fear, we are a family who cares for each other, and each one of us has a place as we encourage and grow together.
I pray you find peace as we navigate these days and look forward to being with you, either in person or in spirit (online).
The following are some of the factors that were considered:
- The safety of our congregants and the community
- Our public witness
- The particular needs and circumstances of our congregation
- The guidance of our insurance company, South Central Ohio District, and legal counsel.
- The latest recommendations/orders from CDC and governmental authorities.
Reopening The Church Building (Starting June 6, 2021)
Face Masks – Congregants who are vaccinated or comfortable about not wearing a mask may do so. Those who want to continue to wear a mask, are welcome to do so as well.
Handwashing – We encourage every congregant to wash their hands prior to coming to church. Sanitation stations are available throughout the church.
Seating is in rows, however, there are separate sections for those who prefer to sit just with their families
Communion (the Second Sunday of the month) will continue to be served in individual portions.
The offering plate will be brought by ushers, however, a basket at the entrance is available for those who prefer to drop their tithe and offerings.
Services will continue to be live-streamed on our site and social media.
We will continue to follow the direction of the governmental authorities and the CDC. In the event there is an attendee with a positive case, the health department will be contacted, and we will follow their recommendation.