We value the health and safety of all of our members, so we are diligently continuing to monitor government guidelines and recommendations from medical professionals to keep you safe and healthy.
As a Church body, we have been very proactive in responding to this recent public health crisis by closing our in-person worship before the request was even made by the Governor of Tennessee. And when Governor Lee issued guidelines for a phased reopening for churches, we carefully followed those guidelines fully over an extended period of time covering several weeks. Church leadership has stayed in touch with the Governor's office since the beginning and stayed in compliance with this recommendations. This entire process has been monitored by a medical team of doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses. After the successful phased reopening, we have cautiously returned to full, in-person worship gatherings, which continue to be monitored by our medical team and are in compliance with the current State of Tennessee.
Williamson County guidelines published July 6, 2020 state that persons in a place of worship are not required to wear a mask.
Currently, the Tennessee State Faith-Based And Community Initiatives states,
“The First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I of the Tennessee Constitution protect the right of Tennesseans to worship and freely exercise their religion in every aspect of their lives according to the dictates of their own consciences. Additionally, the Tennessee Religious Freedom Restoration Act provides additional protections for religious liberty. Thus, state and local governments must ensure these core constitutional and statutory rights are protected.”
At present, the current mask guidelines for Williamson County are set to expire August 3, 2020. For more information, please see the “Guidance for Gathering Together in Houses of Worship” from the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Williamson County guidelines from July 2020.
In addition, we are continuing to strongly encourage those who are vulnerable—either through age or medical conditions—and anyone who feels ill or shows any symptoms or simply feels uncomfortable returning to in-person worship, to please continue to stay home and take advantage of our many webcast opportunities.