COVID-19 and Our Response

Updated Guidance on Masking and Social Distance (Effective May 18, 2021)

Since the beginning for the Covid-19 pandemic, we have looked to local, state, and federal guidance to help us best support our essential workers, immuno-compromised friends, and our communities during this time. Just as we listened carefully when we were asked to close, re-open cautiously, and follow masking and distancing protocol, we are listening now.

Effective May 18, 2021, masks and social distancing requirements for Monroe County are being lifted for fully vaccinated individuals! At Sherwood Oaks, that means:

  • Vaccinated* staff or guests to the Sherwood Oaks facilities do not need to wear masks or distance, but we follow the CDC’s advisement for non-vaccinated and immuno-compromised individuals to continue masking & distancing.
  • Rooms may be set up as normal, and room limitations are lifted.

Effective June 6, 2021:

  • In Sherwood Kids, masks will be no longer required but are recommended for people who have not received a Covid-19 vaccine. 

 *We will not be requesting proof of vaccination.

We wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are aware of the current conversations and concerns about the possible spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus to our community. At the time of writing this, there have been no documented cases in our area, but we still wanted to take a moment to address some possible concerns and questions you may have. While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make our locations as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that.

We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle, Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” My prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 (or any illness), please follow these best practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Forgo shaking hands at church for a wave or a friendly smile.
  • If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions here at Sherwood Oaks.

If you or your child is exhibiting any possible symptoms, please stay home! Our children’s ministry has the following health policy, which we will continue to enforce: Please stay home if you/your child has any of the following also found at

  • FEVER: any temperature above 100F or severe subnormal temperature
  • COLD: a runny nose with colored discharge is the most common sign.
  • COUGH: any cough with mucus secretion (a wet or wheezy cough) can spread bacterial or viral infection on the droplets.
  • RASH OR SKIN IRRITATION: poison oak, impetigo, ringworm, cold sores, head lice, and communicable diseases (measles, chickenpox, mumps, etc.) often have rashes or itching as symptoms.
  • PINK EYE: any unusual irritation of the eye or mucus membranes

More information from the CDC

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