Looking Forward: Church Re-Opening Information

The GNJ leadership looks forward to working with all of our congregations about re-opening our buildings for worship and ministry. We anticipate the soonest buildings may open is in June. Governors are beginning to issue new orders about expanding activities for its citizens while practicing social distancing. You can find the orders for our congregations by selecting the following links:

The Essential Action and Information email on Tuesday, May 19 will share how your church can prepare for the re-opening church buildings.

Car Gatherings/Drive in Worship in New Jersey

Updated 5.14 .20
Car Gatherings:
  According to the Governors directive on May 13, car gatherings for religious services must follow the following guidelines:

  • Attendees must remain in their same car throughout the gathering, unless 1) an occupant needs to get out of the vehicle for their health or safety or 2) an occupant needs to use the restroom;
  • The vehicle must remain closed at all times unless 1) there is six feet of distance between other vehicles or individuals or 2) an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open. There is a further exception allowing the opening of the vehicle if necessary for health or safety;
  • Individuals organizing the gathering who are not in vehicles must follow social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and
  • To the degree that a gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.

Important New Child Care Center Guidelines from NJ for 4.1.20

Web Resources from With Current National and State Information

New directive from NJ Governor Phil Murphy:  Statewide Stay at Home Order and Closure of All Non Essential Business.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has comprehensive information from the federal government. The CDC also has provided specific resources for faith leaders.

On March 17, the CDC released The Presidents Coronavirus Guidelines for America.

State and local governments will have the latest information for your area.

While there currently is not a call to suspend services, you should monitor information in your area and make decisions based on your context and community.

To limit the spread of germs and prevent infection, the best advice continues to be:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not come to work or worship.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray and wipe.
  • Wear a mask if you are sick.
  • Do not wear a mask if you are healthy.