Covid-19 Information

Dear Friends,
Socially-distant greetings! Many aspects of our lives have been disrupted during this unusual season! However, we rejoice that this is temporary and that God continues to work in countless ways to build His kingdom! In an effort to love our neighbor well, we are abiding by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s “Guidelines for Places of Worship.” We are doing this for multiple reasons but primarily out of love for one another and as a witness to those around us.

On April 9, 2021, Governor Ivey replaced the previous statewide order requiring masks in certain settings with a new order, called “Safer Apart.” This order is from April 9 through May 5. It is my expectation, based on the downward trend in Covid-19 cases in Houston County and the upward trend in vaccinations, that when this order expires, we will be returning to our normal seating arrangements. Here is a summary of the order and how it affects Westwood: 

1. What has not changed: 

  • The need to stay home if you are sick.
  • The need to be wise in your interactions if you are especially vulnerable to Covid-19 because of an underlying health issue.
  • The need to quarantine if you test positive for Covid-19.
  • The requirement to love your neighbor (that is from the King, not the governor.)
  • Recommendations for social distancing, frequent hand washing, and voluntarily wearing masks.
2. What has changed:
  • Primarily, the mask mandate.
3. What this means for Westwood:
  • We will continue to sit on every other row during worship. Wear your mask at your discretion.
  • We will continue to set up the fellowship hall in a “sanctuary” setting for overflow seating.
  • We will continue to have Sunday School in the sanctuary so we can comply with the social distancing recommendation.
  • We will continue to make masks available for those who desire to wear one. 
  • We will not take temperatures as you enter the building.
  • We will continue to offer a nursery for children under 3, but not children’s church during our worship service.

At the end of the day, the emphasis of this new order is on personal responsibility. As always, as followers of Jesus, our emphasis is on loving our neighbor and being witnesses to the good news!

Peace to you,

Pastor David