The Vineyard’s Position on COVID Recommendations

As a religious institution in the State of West Virginia, and under the 1st amendment to the United States Constitution, we are not under a compulsory order to mandate crowd sizes, mask-wearing, social distancing, or other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We do, however, out of an abundance of caution, and in respect for our governing authorities, encourage our congregation, to the best of their ability, to abide by the latest recommendations while at church and other events. We acknowledge that these recommendations are an individual choice for our congregants, volunteers, and staff and compliance will not be enforced by church leadership.

If you choose to not exercise said recommendations, please be kind and considerate to those who do and respect the expanded personal space required by their conviction. If you are not comfortable being in a group where some people may not practice the latest guidelines, please participate in online services and online small groups until such time that you feel safe or the pandemic passes.

As most of us are aware, these recommendations and guidelines are becoming more and more divisive and politically oriented. With so many in our world today seeking to divide us, we must not let this or any other debatable topic create division in the church! We are one church, with one Lord and Savior, and one Holy Spirit who binds us together and makes us the one Body of Christ. We will not all agree on everything. That is just a reality. But the beauty of the church is there is room for disagreement on debatable issues and still a call from Jesus to be united.

Let “Be The Blessing” be our guiding principle with one another in this and in every season.