Worship Service

Hurricane Cancellation Policy

 

John Calvin Presbyterian Church believes that the safety of our Church family that attends our Sunday worship services supersedes the need to conduct those weekly services.  Since on an annual basis we are faced with the probability that a major hurricane could strike our area and that evacuation may be suggested or required by the local governments, it is appropriate to establish a standing procedure to plan for such event.  The local Parish and State government officials have established an evacuation procedure for hurricanes that would be initiated within 40 to 50 hours of the impending strike to our area.

 

Using this as a guideline, the following procedure is adopted to allow John Calvin Presbyterian Church to make a timely decision concerning the safety of its Church family as it pertains to the congregation.

 

Mandatory Evacuation:

 

  1. If a mandatory evacuation notice is issued for our area then the affected worship services will automatically be cancelled.  Worship services will be reinstated on the next scheduled worship service dates.

 

  1. The Church office telephone answering system will be updated with the appropriate message, the Church website will be updated with this information and emails will be sent to all those that have registered their email address with the Church. 

 

Voluntary Evacuation Notice Procedure:

 

  1. If a voluntary evacuation notice is issued for our area then the Church Life Committee and the Pastor will promptly convene to determine if any worship service should be cancelled.

 

  1. If the Church Life Committee with the Pastor’s consent decides that a worship service is to be cancelled, then the Session Calling tree will be activated to notify the Church family of that decision.   In addition, the Church office telephone answering system will be updated with this information and emails will be sent to all those that have registered their email addresses with the Church office.

 

  1. All Church members that need assistance in preparing for their evacuation plans are asked to call the Church office that we might assist you in getting such plans in place before the need arises.

 

  1. In the event that the voluntary evacuation notice is retracted or the threat of a direct strike from the hurricane is minimized after the worship service has been cancelled, then the Church Life Committee will determine if the church is to be re-opened for worship service.  Otherwise the church will remain closed.

 

  1. If the church is re-opened after the notification of a worship service cancellation, then the Pastor,     if available, will conduct a prayer worship service during the standard worship times.  If the Pastor is not available then the church will be opened to the public during the standard worship times for individual payers if an active Elder or Staff is available to open the church.