DCC began meeting indoors on Sunday morning October 11th, following a phased approach.
You can check our current protocols at any time by visiting our COVID Safety Guidelines page.
- General – Please come in through the BACK DOORS (by the kitchen) and we will direct you from there. All other doors are locked from the outside. Remember your masks. We have sanitizing stations set-up around the church with extra masks (if you forgot yours). The nursery will be open for children up to 2 years old.
- Families with Children – Beginning January 24, we are welcoming our children back into the music portion of our worship service, for 2nd service only! Here is the procedure:
- We want to do it in a safe way!
- Bring your MASKED children to the back door of the church (by the kitchen), where we will take their temperature and give them a bag of fun to keep them occupied.
- Your children must sit with you in the service. Let me say that again, your children MUST sit with you in the service.
- After the music is done, in an organized way, we will dismiss them to Julie’s care. She will take them downstairs and safely hand them off to their teachers.
- After church you can pick them up at the top of the stairs leading to the children’s area.
- AT NO POINT ARE YOU ALLOWED DOWNSTAIRS. Since we share this space with Montessori, it is important that we control who goes down. BTW, we clean the downstairs between DCC and Montessori in order to keep the children in both programs safe.
- Thank you for helping keep our families safe, while allowing them to enjoy in-person worship.
- To provide further protection, we are asking those without children to attend the 1st service, and those with children to attend the 2nd service. There will be NO children’s church during the 1st service.
By now, most of you know that I have COVID-19. Yes, it’s true. On Tuesday I got hit with terrible flu-like symptoms, and, in keeping with my weekly practice, I went and got tested… this time positive. I am now quarantined to my bedroom for 10 days. As I said in the video, this is a very nasty virus. Not trying to scare you… just encourage you to step up your protection a notch. Wear your mask, clean your hands, stay distanced, you know the drill. You DO NOT want what I have, and I DO NOT want you to feel like I feel. So please pray for Nancy and me during this time.
So, what does this mean?
No IN-PERSON Church this Sunday
Out of an abundance of caution, Paul Wardlaw and I feel the best approach is to have live streaming only this Sunday at the 10:00 service. You can access our live stream at dillonchurch.org/live. While we do not have reason to believe you were in any danger, our desire to protect all of you leads us to this decision. Yes, some of you were close to me, but after lengthy discussions with the Department of Public Health, I feel the risk is very minor.
Potential for Infection
Having said that, there is still the possibility that you were exposed by being in close proximity with me (even though I had my mask on). Here are the recommendations from the Health Department:
If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
- Follow the isolation instructions found at https://covid19.colorado.gov/how-to-isolate.
- Get tested.
- Stay home from work and avoid other activities around other people.
- Seek medical care and testing for COVID-19, calling your doctor before you show up.
If you do not have symptoms, you do not need to do anything differently. If you choose to get tested for COVID-19 without symptoms, do so 7-10 days after the possible exposure. Be aware that a negative test result does not mean that you will not develop symptoms or become infected after the test. A negative test result only means that you did not have virus detected at the time of testing. Medical insurance may not cover the cost of asymptomatic testing unless you are identified as a close contact of a case. If you have further questions, please contact Summit County Public Health: (970) 668-4015
In the meantime, thank you so much for working to keep our congregation safe and infection-free. I am under the care and monitoring by my doctor. He is taking very good care of me. Also, as I talked to several members of the Health Department, they all expressed the same gratitude I feel toward you. They know we are being careful. The Lord has been gracious to us and we have had a very low number of infections. Except for me, let’s keep it that way.
Warmly in Christ,
A quick update about tomorrow’s worship services:
We have received confirmation from the county health officials that we are clear to continue with the original plan for tomorrow. The recently announced change in restrictions on social gatherings are designed to be specific to sources of recent outbreaks in the county and do not, as of now, require any change in our plans.
Please continue to diligently follow the procedures we currently have in place, and we look forward to worshipping together tomorrow.
The procedures for tomorrow are included below for easy reference.
Remember that we have TWO SERVICES (8:30 and 10:00)… just like the old days! Remember that we are using a phased approach in order to get used to the new reality. Phase 1 is for adults, teens, and nursery. Phase 2 (coming soon) is for families with children.
- We will continue to comply with the health requirements as we phase back in. We do not believe it is necessary to sign-up at this point. Just come! Our Greeters will direct you as needed.
- Please come in through the BACK DOORS (by the kitchen) and we will direct you from there. All other doors are locked from the outside.
- As always, if you are sick, compromised, have symptoms, self-quarantining, or feel uncomfortable attending in person, please feel free to stay home and watch the live-stream at dillonchurch.org/live.
Thank you for helping us keep DCC safe!