Coronavirus Update
April, 2021

Urban Hope Church Family,

Since we opened our new building in January 2021, we’ve tried to balance the competing objectives of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all our staff and guests while also honoring individual freedoms.  And though we did not believe any government restrictions or mandates dictated a specific course of action, we determined after listening to a variety of advisors that the best and safest course of action was to require masks in the building at all times to reduce unnecessary health risks.   We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this very unusual and trying time.

We now believe we are ready to turn a corner in our policy.  Citing expanded vaccine distribution and declining case numbers, Gov. Doug Ducey on March 27, 2021 lifted COVID-19 restrictions on Arizona businesses and events and prohibited, in most cases, the enforcement of local mask mandates.  Many of our staff and attendees have been vaccinated, and we now believe it is safe for us to drop our mask mandate and allow individuals to make their own determination on the necessity of wearing masks while inside the building.

In order to protect those attendees who may not have been fully vaccinated, we will continue to ask our staff and ministry leaders to wear masks during services in the building, especially during ministry times requiring close proximity.  The safety, health, and wellbeing of our church family and community at large will continue to be of the utmost importance to us.  We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and any changes that could impact our decision. We intend to act and respond at the advice of the public health authorities and other church advisors as necessary for all activities related to the church.  

As a reminder,

-We will continue make services available via livestream on a variety of platforms

-We will continue to encourage “non-contact” greeting and ushering practices

-Our children's ministry team will continue to wear masks in our classrooms

-What can you do:

-Please stay home if you are feeling ill.  You are responsible and best able to protect others

-All parents please continue to abide by these standards regarding your children

-No fever for the last 24 hours (above 100 degrees)

-No excessive runny nose

-No diarrhea or flu symptoms (no vomiting within the last 24 hours)

-No colds or coughs (unless allergy related)

-No contagious rashes or diseases

Before service the children's environment (toys, cups, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected
Finally, if you are concerned about your health and safety, stay home and participate with us online.  But if you are staying away because it’s become a habit, please come back to church.  You are part of the body, and we aren’t whole without you!  We love our church family and will be praying for you and yours.   We look forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday,

-Pastors Adam and Natascha Kling