Middle COVID Guidelines
Love your neighbor as yourself. Each of the major world religions calls us to this lofty and difficult ethic. But, whew. So difficult to do. Loving ourselves is hard work in a culture that can be hostile to our gender, our race/ethnicity, our sexuality, our social location. And our neighbors can—frankly—be hard to love. Still, this is what it means to be faithful. This is how we live as a community awash in Just Love. A family in which we put the vulnerable and the marginalized in the CENTER of our vision. What do they need? What does love demand we do? That calling—the reminder that how we treat the least of those around us is how we treat Jesus himself—this is the work. That vision is the boss of us. And, this is one of the hardest times to fully love each other. There are so many pressures, so many conflicting issues. But we are committed to do our best.
When we say “You are welcome just as you are as you come in the space,” we are thrilled there is more than one space. As we prepare for in-person, safe gatherings, we will continue to have a full and beautiful digital space for worship and programming as well! And in everything we do, we will be care-full, as in full of care and love for each other. Even when it’s hard. – Rev. Jacqui, Amanda and Darrell
Beginning October 1st, 2021, Middle Church will be guided by the following COVID requirements for all in-person Middle Church events. At any time, these requirements could shift to remain compliant to city, state, Collegiate Church, CDC, and Middle Church COVID Task Force requirements and recommendations.
- Proof of Full Vaccination (2 Pfizer, 2 Moderna, or 1 Johnson & Johnson) and valid picture ID are required for anyone over the age of 11. (Yes, this means that children under 12 who cannot get vaccinated are welcome in worship.) A clear picture of both, or the Excelsior or NYC Safe apps, are acceptable.
- Well-fitting masks—ideally at least the 3-ply surgical grade masks—must be worn at all times and remain over the nose and covering the mouth. Masks will be available on-site.
- Except for children under the age of 12, those for whom medical or religious exemptions have prohibited vaccination will be welcome in the digital spaces, but not at in-person gatherings.
- Should anyone be indoors and need to remove their mask to perform a pre-approved task, a negative PCR test within 36 hours, or a negative same day Rapid test must be presented before the event.
- All gatherings and programs are come-at-your-own-risk for congregants and participants. Neither Middle Church nor the Collegiate Corporation may be held liable for any sickness or injury that might result from attendance.
- All participants attest that their attendance indicates they’ve had no symptoms of COVID-19—a fever of 100.0 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath—within the past 10 days.
- All participants attest that their attendance means they’ve had no positive COVID-19 test within the past 10 days.
For more resources on getting the COVID vaccine, please visit this page.
If you are worried about the vaccine, please watch this conversation presenting facts about the vaccine with Dr. Meghan Kirksey and Rev. Darrell Hamilton: