COVID-19 UPDATES

November 24, 2020

Updated Best Practices from the South Carolina United Methodist Conference

Updated Practices from our Conference

November 19, 2020

K3 Families-

I hope you all are staying well!

I would like to inform you that there has been a secondary exposure in your child’s classroom.  What that means is that there is a parent of a child that has tested positive, but the child has not tested positive.  Please take your child’s temperature regularly at home and if you notice any symptoms, please take your child to be tested.  The last exposure date was 11-17-20.  This child will quarantine for 14 days at home before returning.

Please keep praying for negative test results!

Thank you!

Tyler McGatha – CCA Director

November 18, 2020

Hey Parents & Leaders!

We wanted to let you know that we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our Friendsgiving celebration this Sunday Night.

While we won’t be able to gather together this Sunday, we will eagerly look forward to gathering again next on:

Sunday, December 4th | 4- 6 PM for a special Christmas programming!

We decided to make this call in light of the significant increase of COVID-19 cases in our country, along with the CDC’s guidance for Thanksgiving to families and communities. Because of this, we felt it would not yet be safe again for our many students to gather together to share a meal.

While we love gathering together, we value our Church family’s safety and want to do our part in loving our community well.

We hope you and your family have an incredible thanksgiving holiday and cannot wait to get back together.

Here’s a few things we’re thankful for:

1) All the laughs we’ve shared so far together

2) Our epic Fall Retreat

3) Our incredible team of Volunteers who love on your students so well!

4) All that Jesus continues to do for our Church Family!

5) Seeing so many of our students back on campus together again!

Blessings,

Drew Clemmons – Youth Pastor

November 12, 2020

Basketball Is BACK!!!!

Welcome to the 2021 Covenant basketball season.  We are blessed to be able to bring another season for our youth in this time of social distancing.  This year, we will be playing in the Church League Basketball for Youth (CLBBY), which is comprised of teams from Downtown and the Eastside of Greenville.  CLBBY’s mission is to honor God through the sport of basketball, by providing an organized recreational basketball program for school age youths and adults.  This is achieved by showing how God works through sports, promoting physical education within participating churches, encouraging Sunday School/Church Program participation, and enhancing self-esteem, leadership and life quality in all players, parents, and volunteers.

-In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will field 12 teams from 2nd – 12th grade. 

-Registration will be on a first come, first served basis until teams are filled to please register early.

-Registration will be through 12/2/20 or until teams are full.

-Each team will have three practices held in December 2020.

-There will be 8 games played January thru March (beginning 1/3/2021)

-There will be no games played at Covenant.  The season-games will be played at other churches.

-Due to the limited number of spots, there will be NO late registration accepted. 

During this time of social distancing, the players, coaches, and fans are our priority.  Precautions have been implemented, such as temperature checks, wearing masks when on the bench and instructional times, facility and equipment cleaning, which allows our teams to be safe while competitive during the season.  As we return to play, Covenant will continue to follow guidance from CLBBY as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These uncertain times require us to adapt and make changes as conditions evolve.  We will continue to monitor conditions and make revisions as necessary.  Below are the changes we are making to improve the experience for our players, coaches, and fans:

Anyone with any of the following conditions should not attend a practice or game until evaluated by a medical provider and given clearance to do so:
●      Active COVID-19 infection
●      Known direct contact with an individual testing positive for COVID-19
●      Fever
●      Cough
●      Those at higher risk for severe disease should consider consultation with their medical provider before attending a game and should ensure the strictest adherence to guidelines regarding face coverings, distancing, and handwashing. 

Players

●      Adhere to all Return to Play Protocols.
●      Wash hands thoroughly before and after practice and games.
●      Do not share water bottles or equipment.
●      Respect and practice social distancing.
●      Place equipment, bags, etc. at least 6 feet apart.
●      No high fives, handshakes, knuckles (fist bumps), or group celebrations.

Covid-19 Positive Test Protocol

In the event a player, coach or parent of a player tests positive for COVID-19, the following procedures will be in place:
●      Parent(s) will notify the coach and remove the player from the team activities immediately, until medically cleared to return to play (or until quarantine time runs out—14 day minimum and no further symptoms are present for at least three days prior to return.).
●      Coach will notify the Covenant Director that a player has tested positive, the player’s name will not be released to the team or league.
●      Covenant Director will notify the League President and the situation will be monitored
●      All teams and games will continue as scheduled Cancellation Schedule and Refunds in the event COVID-19 requires the League to end the season early or completely shut down, the following will be in place:

  • If the practices/games are cancelled and NO uniforms have been distributed, a full refund will be given to each player/family.
  • If games begin, a refund will be addressed on a prorated basis.
  • Absolutely no refunds will be given for a player or parent who contracts COVID-19 and misses games due to the virus. It will only be a league wide decision should we have to make the decision to shut down or cancel. 

Covenant UMC will review these policies and monitor the current situation as it relates to COVID-19 on a weekly and monthly basis. If changes need to be made or other issues addressed, we will continue to do so.  We look forward to having a great season!  

October 30, 2020

Our church was notified today (10/30/2020) that the individual who initially tested positive for Covid-19 in the 9:30 Service on October 18, 2020, has been retested and the results have come back negative. After these retests, the initial test has been considered a false positive. This is a courtesy E-mail to keep you informed. 

We would like to remind you of the precautions that we have been taking since we started limited in-person worship in June 2020. 
After each worship service and event, our facility is electrostatically sprayed and all bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected. Our facility has been cleaned multiple times since Sunday October 18th. 

We still ask that you monitor for symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face

Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Please continue to pray for our church, our staff, those affected by Covid-19, and our frontline works.

Take care and God bless.

October 23, 2020

Our church was notified today (10/23/2020) that we had a person who attended the 9:30 AM Worship Service last week test positive for Covid-19. This is a courtesy E-mail to keep you informed.

We would like to remind you of the precautions that we have been taking since we started limited in-person worship in June 2020.
After each worship service and event, our facility is electrostatically sprayed and all bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected. Our facility has been cleaned multiple times since last Sunday, October 18, 2020.

We ask that you monitor for symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face

Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Please continue to pray for our church, our staff , those affected by Covid-19, and our frontline works.

Take care and God bless.

 

October 21, 2020

Our Church Council met last night and approved the CUMC Pandemic Plan of Action.  We are living in challenging times.  Our goal as a church is to continue to re-open and re-gather safely with all persons of our congregation in mind.  You are welcome to reach out to members of the church council personally with questions, concerns, and/or praises.  We are in this together.  Please pray for our church, church staff, community, and those who are on the front lines of this pandemic. 

CUMC Pandemic Plan of Action

October 19, 2020

Dear Infant CCA Families,

Covenant Christian Academy Administration and Church Staff was just informed that an individual in our program has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  The individual was last in attendance at our school on Friday, October 16, 2020. 

In accordance with our policy and procedures and based on the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Department of Social Services the INFANT Classrooms at Covenant Christian Academy will remain closed.  In addition, we are requiring the quarantine of any siblings of an infant child.   During the period of time that the classrooms will be closed, a professional deep cleaning disinfectant will be used in the classrooms as well as other areas that are utilized by the Infants.  The infant classrooms will reopen on Friday, October 30th.

CCA’s utmost priority remains the health and safety of the children and the families we serve, and of our staff.  We’re reminding parents that the CDC recommends all individuals who’ve been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 seek medical advice and continue to monitor for flu-like symptoms, which may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.  The CDC recommends that close contact of cases who have no symptoms be tested but no sooner than 7 days after last contact with the induvial with COVID-19.  This information is located on page 9 of the Covenant Christian Academy COVID-19 Guidelines.

The families have been contacted via email  if your child has been in the same classroom with the diagnosed individual.  If you didn’t receive an additional email, your child was NOT directly exposed.  Please reach out to CCA Administration if you have any questions or concerns.  As in all health and safety situations, the name or personal information of the individual will not be shared.  We ask that you respect this.

We appreciate your understanding and support in this decision-making process.  Feel free to contact us via phone or email with any questions.

Blessings,

Tyler McGatha – CCA Director

September 18, 2020

Student Ministry Fall Kickoff

We are excited to announce that on October 18th, we will be having a Student Ministry Fall Kickoff from 4-6 PM! We want to welcome back our youth with a night full of fun and fellowship! We can’t wait to see all of you again! If you have any questions about the Fall Kickoff, please contact Drew Clemmons.

September 16, 2020

Good afternoon K2 Parents and Siblings-

We have missed our K2 parents and siblings! 

K2 students will be back on campus starting tomorrow, September 17th

We look forward to seeing everyone at CCA tomorrow morning!

Blessings,

Tyler McGatha – CCA Director

September 4, 2020
CCA K2 COVID-19 Notice

Dear K2 CCA Families,

Covenant Christian Academy Administration was informed that an individual in our program has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  The individual was last in attendance at our school on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. 

In accordance with our policy and procedures and based on the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Department of Social Services the K2 Classrooms at Covenant Christian Academy will remain closed.  In addition, we are requiring the quarantine of any siblings of a K2 child.   During the period of time that the classrooms will be closed, a professional deep cleaning disinfectant will be used in the classrooms as well as other areas that are utilized by the K2 classrooms.  The K2 classrooms will reopen on Thursday, September 17.

CCA’s utmost priority remains the health and safety of the children and the families we serve, and of our staff.  We’re reminding parents that the CDC recommends all individuals who’ve been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 seek medical advice and continue to monitor for flu-like symptoms, which may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.  The CDC recommends that close contact of cases who have no symptoms be tested but no sooner than 7 days after last contact with the induvial with COVID-19.  This information is located on page 9 of the Covenant Christian Academy COVID-19 Guidelines.

The families will be contacted via email this morning if your child has been in the same classroom with the diagnosed individual.  Please reach out to CCA Administration if you have any questions or concerns.  As in all health and safety situations, the name or personal information of the individual will not be shared.  We ask that you respect this.

We appreciate your understanding and support in this decision-making process.  Feel free to contact us via phone or email with any questions.

Blessings,

Tyler McGatha – CCA Director

September 2, 2020
August 27, 2020
Worship Service Updates Starting August 30th
Families, we are now welcoming 3-years old and older into worship services on Sunday mornings. We hope that this allows many of you to worship as a family. Please know we do require masks for all who join us for Sunday worship. At this time, we have a limited number of disposable child-sized masks available, so please prepare to bring one for your child. We have worship bags available for any child who joins us for worship.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
July 13, 2020
CCA Policies and Procedures
COVID-19 ADDENDUM
June 7, 2020
Best Practices for Resuming In-Person Worship from the South Carolina United Methodist Conference
 
Recognizing that churches are in different places in their planning to resume worship and other in-person gatherings – allowed to resume in the South Carolina Conference starting June 14 – Bishop Holston affirms these Best Practices compiled by a team of pastors and laity to complement the South Carolina United Methodist Conference’s original Reset | Restart | Renew resources.
 

May 28, 2020

May 22, 2020
Covenant United Methodist Church Plan of Action in the Midst of Covid-19 Pandemic
 
We thank you for choosing Covenant to be your church home! As we live in and through the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are looking to a future where we can resume our new normal as the Body of Christ.
When coming on campus individually, we ask you to do the following:
  • Maintain social distancing (except for families who live in the same household).
  • Be sure to stay 6 feet apart.
  • Strongly encourage you and your family members to wear a mask for your safety and for the safety of the person(s) whom you may encounter on campus.
  • No handshakes or fist bumps.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Smile, Jesus loves you!!!
Hand sanitizing stations are located at designated entrances depending on the church worship service or event on the church schedule. At any time, if you or a family member feel uncomfortable about attending an in-person gathering of any size, we ask you to join us via LiveStream through our website, via Facebook Live, our YouTube channel or via Zoom meeting.  We do not want you to feel in any way pressured to attend our worship services or events in-person during this pandemic.
 
Phases
Please note that we will move into each new phase with input from the S.C. Governor’s Office, Public Health Officials and the Bishop of the S.C. United Methodist Conference.
 
Phase 1 has been happening since this all began (March 2020): minimum people present on campus to provide webcast-only services (traditional and contemporary) composed of church staff and media team volunteers.  We ask that no children ages 5 and under attend these events in the sanctuary or any other space where our worship services are filmed, streamed, or recorded.  Most staff work from home or is furloughed during this phase. We will continue to have minimal business staff operations on campus until further notice.
 
Phase 2 will be an in-person worship format beginning Sunday, June 14, 2020. All services will be LiveStreamed through our various media platforms. We will start initially with 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM.  
The times are as follows:
  • 8:00 AM—Traditional 
  • 9:30 AM—Contemporary 
  • 11:00 AM—Traditional 
There will be ONLY one entrance to come through for the worship services (Welcome Center—until further notice). At the conclusion of worship service(s), you will be asked to exit to the right by sections from the sanctuary space.  
 
What to bring to worship starting Sunday, June 14
 
We are asking everyone who plans to attend worship each week to register online. Pre-registration will open each Monday at 9:30 AM before the prior Sunday worship. On the front page of covumc.org, click on the button entitled, worship registration. 
 
Pre-register your anticipated attendance of worship; bring your own Bible (BYOB); bring your own mask (BYOM); and be patient. Limited in-person sanctuary seating is for individuals, couples, and families. We ask that you sit in the designated (social distance) areas. If you have a question of where to sit for social distancing purposes, please see one of our church staff members. No childcare will be offered.
 
Some may ask about the time between services, we want to limit the number who gather together until the pandemic subsides and we will need time to clean the sanctuary surfaces and bathroom surfaces between worship experiences.
 
Who should attend in-person worship?
  • Persons who are well (no recent contact with infected persons, not exhibiting coronavirus symptoms).
  • Church staff, worship/media team, and lay volunteers.
  • People who cannot attend online.
  • People who feel it is the right time for their family.
Who should NOT attend in-person worship?
  • Those who fall into a high risk category according to the CDC, which included individuals with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised conditions (diagnosed or medically induced), severely obese, diabetic, and/or chronic kidney disease.
  • Those who are or have recently been sick.
  • Children under five years old.
  • Those who recently traveled out of state or country.
  • Those who have any symptoms of coronavirus—fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. 
All small groups, Sunday School classes, children’s ministry and youth ministries are encouraged to still utilize on-line platforms for connection and socialization during this time. These groups will not meet on campus until further notice.
 
Remember, we are all in this together for the safety and welfare of all involved
in this new normal.
May 15, 2020

Bishop Holston’s recommendations on reopening Church

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released this statement regarding the latest guidance in response to the coronavirus pandemic in our state:

Bishop Holston

Friends, I continue to be inspired by the creative ways the churches of the South Carolina Conference have responded to the ongoing challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Your commitment to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and your care for one another are evident in so many ways. South Carolina United Methodists are truly seeking a more excellent way – following God beyond the bounds of expectations.

In consultation with the Cabinet and according to the latest guidance from public health officials, I am strongly recommending that leaders of each local church continue to suspend in‐person worship services, gatherings, meetings and events through June 10.

Worship and other in‐person gatherings are allowed to resume beginning Sunday, June 14. The cabinet has outlined the safety concerns and guidelines for resuming in‐person worship in a new resource called “Reset | Restart | Renew.” These guidelines are the product of prayer, research, data analysis and many conversations with public health officials, church leaders and state leaders. Clergy and church leaders are strongly encouraged to use this document to navigate the transition to resuming in-person worship.

We have heard your desire to return in person to the communities of faith that shape your relationship with Jesus Christ. Even when the church doors are once again open and we can safely gather, this does not mean a return to business as usual. It is critical to recognize the importance of the safe and sanitary practices necessary once we return to church buildings.

Congregations are encouraged to care for one another as plans are made for resuming in‐person worship and continuing remote worship opportunities. Some churches may opt to return in‐person at a later date, depending on their context. We support you in making the best decisions for your congregation as you care for one another.

Moving day for those transitioning to new appointments will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020. This one‐week delay allows time for in-person farewells and necessary sanitizing of parsonages.

We continue to monitor developments in the pandemic as we discern a new date for the 2020 Annual Conference session – postponed from June 7‐10. Our priority in this and all decisions is ensuring the health and safety of South Carolina United Methodists.

In this interim time, I know you will remain steadfast in finding ways to remain in community with your sisters and brothers in Christ. Our regularly updated collection of resources to help local churches through this unprecedented time can be found at umcsc.org/coronavirus.

As people of faith who profess to follow Jesus Christ, we know that our call is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. With ears open to hear how God is calling your congregation and hearts open to respond to that call, we embrace this opportunity to be a beacon of hope in a hurting world.

We renew our commitment to faithfully participate in the life of our congregations through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness so that all may come to know and be transformed by the love, grace and mercy available through Jesus Christ.

I invite you to join me each morning – on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at umcsc.org – as we pray for those affected by the coronavirus, for those experiencing stress, anxiety and financial uncertainty, for medical professionals treating and caring for patients and for those working to ensure a healthier future for all of us.

Grace and peace,

L. Jonathan Holston
Resident Bishop

May 5, 2020

Devotions with Pastor Darren

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKVcWAeneD8

May 3, 2020

Town Hall Meeting

May Town Hall Meeting: An update in the life of Covenant and how we are continuing the mission to Ignite Faith and Change Lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdysAiCBbqw&feature=emb_logo

April 2, 2020

Holy Week Schedule Adjustments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSPjQWoWgNU