Last updated 8/30 at 4:30pm
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Covenant is responding.
For a map that shows number of confirmed cases for the whole state of Illinois and every county, click here.
As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
If you would like text and email alerts regarding COVID-19 and how Covenant will respond in the future, please make sure we have your current cell phone number and email address. We will send text messages and emails with updates. Please add our office number (309-647-7771) and our short code number (77411) to your contacts.
Are we still gathering?
We are gathering in-person at the church for Sunday services 10am
As we are open for physical gatherings, please keep in mind:
- We care about you and your family’s safety.
- We care about the community of Canton’s safety.
Due to rising numbers of COVID and hospitalization rates, the state of Illinois reinstated their state-wide mask mandate on August 30, so we will be requiring face masks with social distancing and sanitization policies until local and state health officials give the all clear. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required at Covenant.
If you're not quite ready for in-person church, the online gathering will continue. You can watch it on our Facebook page (facebook.com/ccfcanton), YouTube, or our website (ccfcanton.org/live). Also, please join our Facebook group CCF Online (facebook.com/groups/ccfcanton), where new opportunities to interact are available daily.
Our response to COVID-19 is a very fluid situation, and trends will continue to be monitored. You can stay updated on our future plans by frequently checking this page. Let's continue to pray for an end to the pandemic and complete recovery for those who have been affected. ☺️
Why do you require masks?
We are following guidelines made by the CDC for communities of faith as outlined on this page first published on February 19, 2021: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/faith-based.html
The page states the following:
Continue to take these steps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:
- Correctly and consistently wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
- Avoid crowds
- Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
- Stay home when you are sick
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol)
- Get vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you
- Get tested if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
Face coverings don’t protect the wearer as much as they protect the people the wearer encounters. The apostle Paul talked about the practical implications of a Christ-like ethic toward others: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
A mask is all about protecting loved ones, especially the weak and elderly, front-line medical personnel and their families, and whole communities. Wearing masks reduces the need for shut-downs as fewer people become sick; an open economy keeps businesses from failing, workers from losing their jobs, and, by extension, preserves the security of households dependent on those paychecks.
How can I stay connected to Covenant online?
You can also join our Facebook group, CCF Online, for daily posts that you can engage with.
Is the church office open?
The office is open during the week, but office hours for staff are not currently scheduled. To contact or meet with a pastor, please call the office phone and leave a voicemail or send an email to us.