In May, 2020, a pandemic reopening team was organized by StoneBridge Community Church’s Board of Elders in order to regularly monitor how to do so in the safest manner. Since its inception, the Reopening Team, the Board of Elders, and the pastors have unanimously agreed on these guiding principles:
Christians are identified by mercy, compassion, love, kindness, humility and sacrifice. Therefore, we take into utmost consideration public safety and guidelines established to protect everyone.
Comply with Ordinances
Christians seek to glorify God and lift up the cause of Christ. Therefore, StoneBridge Community Church does not want to be the cause of anyone’s sadness, sorrow, sickness, nor certainly anyone’s death. So, we will gladly comply with Federal, State, and County ordinances. This is consistent with Romans 13:1-2 where Paul writes,
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
The Covid-19 pandemic has consisted of infection surges and declines and will likely continue to do so. Adapting to the pandemic safely is necessary and requires patience to do so, well.
As of 08/23/21: Ventura County has mandated that masks are required indoors regardless of vaccine status due to the highly contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.
*For StoneBridge’s Saturday evening, OUTDOOR worship service, if fully vaccinated, masks are optional.
*For StoneBridge’s Sunday morning, INDOOR worship service, regardless of vaccine status, masks are required.
*Leaders are encouraged to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, for the safety and comfort of those in our community who will not be able to be vaccinated due to medical issues.
*Staff will continue to wear masks, as the worship service is their workplace, and we cannot be certain if everyone who is present is vaccinated.
These policies are subject to change, depending on improvements or declines in the pandemic recovery of Ventura County and the state of California.