COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Plan Update at Holmeswood-3/16/22


From the beginning of COVID-19, Holmeswood has worked to follow the guidance of the CDC and local health department, erring on the side of greater health. This includes both a tightening and loosening of practices since all of this is fluid.

The week of March 7, 2022 Jackson County moved from a high COVID-19 risk county to a medium COVID-19 risk county as defined by the CDC.  

Now being in a medium risk category, the CDC suggests the following:

  • People who are at a high risk of severe illness, talk with their physician about wearing masks
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters
  • Get tested if you have symptoms


Beginning March 16, Holmeswood will adapt its practices related to COVID-19 in response to the transition from a High Risk county to a Medium Risk county. This was announced at the end of the worship service on March 13 and has been discussed between the Deacon Council and Church Staff.


Below are the updated practices:

  • Masks are encouraged, but not required. Some people will choose to continue wearing their mask and some will choose not to continue wearing their mask. We will honor and respect each person and their decision as we individually consider their need before our own. At times we will individually adapt our personal preferences in respect of someone else’s as we interact with each other.
  • Since we are still worshipping in close physical space to one another, there is a strong encouragement to continue wearing masks in the worship spaces until we move into the new Sanctuary on April 10 when we can more easily spread out.
  • Some people will prefer to keep physical distancing practices while still wanting to be around others. A sign of love and appreciation we can adopt is to “hug yourself” or “elbow bump” if someone would prefer this instead of a handshake or hug.  We will take verbal cues from each other related to comfort levels of physical greetings. 
  • Coffee offerings will return on Sunday, March 20.
  • We will continue to offer both in-person and online options for engagement. If you do not feel comfortable worshipping or studying in-person, you will still have the opportunity to stay engaged with the church family by electronic platforms.
  • Subgroups within the church will use this plan as a guide for their area.  Alterations to this plan are free to be made to more accurately reflect what makes sense for the subgroup.
  • We continue to encourage you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.
  • We will follow CDC and local guidelines for our source of knowledge and guidance.


This is the plan for the present time. As we have learned over the many months, when the ethos of COVID-19 changes, we will alter our plan as well.


We are all in this together. Thank you for what you are doing to protect your health as well as the health of the community.