Resources and Information concerning the Coronavirus COVID 19

COVID UPDATE – March 4, 2022

From the Property and Insurance Team…

…MORE GOOD NEWS with a caveat!!!
It appears that all of NJ is continuing in the right direction with infection rates deeply decreasing. Praise God. We are also seeing mask mandates in schools changing as well as almost all public places. Before you make any major changes to your mask policies for worship (including singing) and all in person meetings and events, please be in discernment with your Leadership about how the changes will impact ALL of your congregation including people young children, people with disabilities and those who are at high risk, so that everyone can feel safe in returning.

Mark 12:29-31

29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”


COVID UPDATES 7 January 2022

Questions and Answers about COVID 7 January 2022

COVID UPDATES 3 September 2021

You Shall love your neighbor – COVID Protocols Update September 2021

CDC guidance for mask wearing

NJ Department of Health guidance on mask wearing


NJ Department of Health guidance and mandates for Schools


Can we Sing? Resources from Sing! The Center for Congregational Singing

The Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship and Sacraments – Guidelines for resuming in person worship

Updated Guidance, not legal Advice, from PC(USA) Legal Resources on resuming in person worship

A Guide to Gathering Virtually from the Forum for Theological Exploration

Updates Early June

What do the COVID restrictions lifted mean to the Congregation – From the Presbytery Leader

Presbytery Office COVID Update information 

COVID Mitigation Strategies for  Choirs

Singing – Aerosol Data and Information

Presbytery Check list and COVID 19 NJ Information

APRIL 2021

FAQ on COVID and Church Building Use from PCUSA Legal Services

MARCH 2021

Recommendations from the Trustees  for determining whether to stay in person worship or go back to virtual

Newton Presbytery Reentry requirements 17 June 2020  REVISED

COVID 19 ACT NOW NJ –  Updates Daily

COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Weekly Report

Vaccines UPDATE February 2021

COVID Resources and Links for Churches

Facts on the Coronavirus February 2021


Moderna Fact Sheet

Pfizer Fact Sheet

VIDEO  Vaccines, Variants, and Various Other Items 

February  2021 UPDATED

Lisa Allgood, Presbytery Leader for the Presbytery of Cincinnati and immunocytochemist by trade has compiled an LENGTHY list of resources and information about COVID 19.  Here is a link to the google doc of information. 

January 2021 UPDATED

New Jersey Vaccine Sites

Recommendations from the Trustees  for determining whether to stay in person worship or go back to virtual

Letter from Trustees November 2020 PDF

COVID 19 ACT NOW NJ –  Updates Daily

COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Weekly Report

COVID- 19 New Jersey

COVID -19 Testing Sites in NJ

Contact Tracing in New Jersey

Newton Presbytery Reentry requirements 17 June 2020  REVISED

Check List for Reentry 12 june 2020  REVISED

Presbytery of Newton Guidelines – Version 1 May 2020

From General Counsel, PCUSA, Michael Kirk – “Liability Issues to Consider on ReOpening Churches for Live Worship Services” Updated August 31

Returning to Public Worship – Theological and Practical Considerations  Office of Theology, Formation and Evangelism PCUSA Presbyterian Missional Agency.  August 31

Updated Information for the Insurance Board – July 21

Video – Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of General Assembly – “Don’t Rush back too soon…”

Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life during a Pandemic – 10 June 2020

Returning to Church – Guidelines from the Wisconsin Council of Churches

Beginning Conversations for Reentry – Presbyterian Mission Agency Office of Theology

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