Covid-19 Response

Health & Safety

During the worldwide pandemic, we aimed to make decisions not out of fear, but out of respect for our elected officials and medical experts and, most importantly, love for our community.

Our posture throughout the pandemic season was modeled on Jesus’s self-sacrificial life: to love like He loves and serve like He serves, and certainly we haven’t done this perfectly. But our wish is that the decisions and policies always communicate the most care to our community and allow the most number of people to participate. 

With the lowered COVID-19 infection rates, Shepherd of the Valley does not have a mask requirement for any ministry or event, including children and students. As we continue to show care to others like Jesus does, wearing masks is still welcome in all settings, and we will continue to be follow the guidance of the CDC if recommendations change.

Your safety and health are important to us. To keep everyone safe, we ask that you not attend in person or use nursery care if you or someone in your party are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including a fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and a loss of taste or smell.

It’s our custom at the end of worship to invite the congregation to go be the Church. We believe that the Church is not a building or a program but the family of God called to love the world around us. Now, and as we brave into the future, we will be:

People of Faith: According to the book of Hebrews, faith is the real expectation of things yet unseen. Our faith tells us that God is with us through every trial and that we need not be afraid.

People of Prayer: The book of Philippians tells us that the remedy for fear is to bring concerns to God in prayer with thanksgiving in our hearts and he will give us peace. Let’s not respond to this pandemic with fear and judgement, but with prayer.

People of Generosity: When crisis and uncertainty come, we can be tempted to hold back. God is inviting Shepherd to reach even further into our community and has all the abundance ready to do so among us already.