A Statement from Bishop Taylor: Churches may begin gathering indoors Dear Holston Friends, The COVID-19 Task Force, comprised of medical professionals, laity, and clergy was created to give counsel to the Cabinet and me to navigate our way ...
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.
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 9/18/2020 (This page will be updated every Thursday if not sooner)