Plans for In-Person Worship

Plans for In-Person Worship

Taking Steps Forward Faithfully and Safely: A Plan for Returning to In-Person Worship in the Holston Annual Conference during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

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On March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Taylor and her Cabinet made the difficult decision to temporarily cease in-person worship within the Holston Conference. On June 1, the Holston Conference COVID-19 Task Force released a conference-wide plan, "Taking Steps Forward Faithfully and Safely," for local churches to follow in order to return to in-person worship. The plan was updated on June 20, and a second edition was released to offer additional clarification.  

Since the release of the second edition of "Taking Steps," there were increases in COVID-19 cases that led our District Superintendents to temporarily cease in-person worship in some areas.

On September 16, Bishop Taylor released a video and statement allowing churches to move back to indoor in-person worship beginning on Sunday, September 20.

 

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Below is a listing of every county in the Holston Conference sorted by District. Our District Superintendents had been using the Harvard Metrics system to determine if church buildings in a particular county should be opened or closed. While all church buildings are open as of September 20, 2020, we will continue to offer these metrics as a tool for pastors and church leaders to determine if they should meet indoors for in-person worship for that particular week. If the county text is GREEN, then we are recommending churches with approved plans within these counties may gather for in-person worship indoors. However, if the county text is RED, then we are recommending churches in this county postpone indoor in-person worship.  

Again, this is a conference recommendation. Pastors and church leadership should meet often to discuss their current situation and to stay on top of what is going on around them.

 

Last Updated 10/22/2020 (This page will be updated every Thursday if not sooner)

Counties

Tennessee

Hawkins

Sullivan

Washington

 

Virginia

Dickenson 

Lee

Scott

Wise

Counties

Tennessee

Sullivan

 

Virginia

Buchanan

Bristol 

Russell

Scott

Smyth 

Tazewell

Washington

 

Counties

Tennessee

Bradley

McMinn

Meigs

Monroe

Polk 

Rhea

 

Counties

Tennessee

Claiborne

Cocke

Grainger

Greene

Hamblen

Hancock

Hawkins

Jefferson

Sevier

Counties

Virginia

Bland

Carroll

Floyd

Giles

Grayson

Montgomery

Pulaski

Tazewell

Wythe

Cities

Galax

Radford

Counties

Georgia

Catoosa

Dade

Walker

 

Tennessee

Bledsoe

Hamilton

Marion

Sequatchie

 

 

Counties

Tennessee

Blount

Knox

Loudon

Monroe

Roane

Sevier

 

 

Counties

Tennessee

Anderson

Campbell

Claiborne

Knox

Loudon

Morgan

Roane

Scott

Union

Counties

Tennessee

Carter

Greene

Johnson

Sullivan

Unicoi 

Washington