How we're responding to the coronavirus
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 and its potential impact on our church community,
we have created this page to keep you up to date on any developments.
Please bookmark this page and check back often for updates.
HAPPY NEW YEAR & UPDATE
December 31, 2021 - by Senior Pastor Rajendra Pillai
With 2022 just around the corner, a new surge of COVID-19 has caused Frederick County to issue safety mandates. Read how we're responding to help keep you safe.
COVID-19 & VACCINES
June, 2021 - by DRCC COVID-19 Response Team
Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused devastating impacts. We have felt this pain and loss in our DRCC community. We’ve supported families who have been affected and mourned those we have lost. Our Damascus Road COVID Response Team has an update with information for the church (download). This document includes information on the COVID-19 vaccine and valuable links.
If you have further questions, you may reach out to the the Response Team using this online inquiry form.
UPDATED MASK POLICY & THE OVERFLOW
June 9, 2021 - by Jason Earle,Executive Director
Many of you have questions about wearing masks in the building. We’re encouraging everyone to follow CDC guidelines in regard to COVID safety protocols.
Masks are optional for all ages, adults and kids. Per CDC, they are strongly recommended for those who are unvaccinated. Note that masks for 2-5 year olds in Children's Ministry’s PreK classes have always been at parent’s discretion.
And The Overflow is back!
Since Maryland has lifted many of the COVID restrictions, our in-person attendance has soared. To make room for everyone, the OVERFLOW venue located in the gym livestreams the service during regular Sunday worship and offers a more casual atmosphere and a less crowded space. The "masks only" policy has been lifted and The Overflow will be open to all, effective immediately.
WE'VE GOT SOME GOOD NEWS!
May 19, 2021 - by Jason Earle,Executive Director
Executive Director Jason Earle has some exciting news as we adjust to the lifting of our state's COVID restrictions, along with a special invitation to join us for in-person worship services this Sunday at 10:00am. No tickets needed for the auditorium and lawn, but be sure to get a ticket for your elementary-aged child(ren) who will attend the Children's Ministry. We'll have Kona Ice for sale on campus after the service so plan to stick around!
Watch this video announcement for full details on masks and more.
WE'RE INCREASING CAPACITY!
May 18, 2021 - by Jason Earle,Executive Director
In light of Governor Hogan's announcement last Friday about lifting social distancing indoors and dropping the mask mandate for those who are fully-vaccinated, we are busy assessing and making plans to increase our capacity!
We are working to increase our indoor seating and Sunday morning teams so, watch for an exciting video message from me in your inbox this Thursday. We're looking forward to taking the next step toward reaching full capacity. Bookmark this page and watch for updates coming soon!
UPDATE ABOUT MEETING IN PERSON
January 20, 2021 - by Jason Earle,Executive Director
Happy New Year! We pray that you had a good Christmas season as you celebrated Emmanuel- God with us!
Our team continues to monitor local virus conditions as infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to be elevated. Frederick County Public Schools (and other Maryland counties) have delayed the launch of a hybrid model. Governor Hogan just announced the progression of the vaccine roll-out plan and hopefully this will significantly improve the situation.
We will have more details about our in-person gathering plan in February. As we are actively planning for the re-launch of in-person worship gatherings, we are preparing our weekend serving teams. It’s critical that we have enough people to serve in order to enable weekly services. There will be indoor and outdoor opportunities depending on your comfort level.
If you’re interested in exploring a weekend serving opportunity, please visit www.damascus.com/volunteer or email email@example.com. We especially could use support on our tech team and there are roles that don’t require much training! (camera operator, clicking through slides, set up/tear down, etc.)
We can’t wait to be back together in-person again! Stay tuned for additional updates. Please know we are praying that you would be experiencing the peace, hope and joy of Jesus in your hearts!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
INDOOR WORSHIP SERVICES
December 14, 2020 - by Jason Earle,Executive Director
As you know, we have paused indoor services out of an abundance of love and caution for our congregation and local community as the virus hits record infections and hospitalizations. Local leaders continue to urge strong caution and have been imposing increased restrictions in order to combat the spread and manage hospital capacity. No matter what, we trust that God is in control and that He is with us in the most difficult circumstances.
In mid-January, we will review how virus data is trending, whether our weekend serving teams can fill key roles and current county and state guidelines to determine whether to resume indoor services in February. We hope to launch a modified Children’s Ministry program when we begin meeting in-person again.
Small groups such as AlieNation, Alcoholics Anonymous and I Believe In Me (IBM), continue to have permission to meet in the building, following social distancing and masking protocols. We will re-assess as any new state and local guidelines are released.
Feel free to check out the most recent analysis from our medical advisory team which is also contained on this page. We are grateful for your prayers and support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need prayer or support. Be praying for the DRCC community- that we all draw nearer to Jesus in this advent season.
Grateful that we have Emmanuel- God With Us!
COVID DATA UPDATE
December 8, 2020
An update was prepared by the Coronavirus Advisory Subcommittee for the Elders of Damascus Road Community Church. It represents the best information we have at this time. The intent is informational and specific situations should be addressed with the medical provider. Download the update here.