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(Updated September 17)

Given the potential for a serious outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease), and the states of emergency declared by the governors of Delaware and Pennsylvania, the Session of First & Central voted in March to close the church for all programs, events, and gatherings, including Sunday services and classes, until such a time that we feel all our members may return to worshiping together. This follows the strong guidance of the Presbytery of New Castle. We will do our best to take care of our members during this difficult time, especially during our time of pastoral transition.

At our July meeting of Session (our governing body), the body voted to accept the recommendation of a task force that the church not set a timeline for reopening the church for worship services and other activities. Session, and the task force, are now evaluating the use of the sanctuary and larger rooms of the church for limited uses (e.g., making recordings of chamber music performances with no public audience). We are working closely with Friendship House and with the Wilmington Children's Chorus to see how we can help these valuable community services continue.

Details and ramifications:

  1. All outside groups have been notified that the building is closed and that they may not meet there.

  2. The church's website and Facebook page will be updated as needed to reflect the changing situations.

  3. Members without email are being called by Session so that everyone is informed to the best of our ability.

  4. A staff member will visit the building daily to make sure it's safe and secure.

  5. Worship services will be provided electronically (see Worship Service). Tuesday morning Bible study meetings continue via Zoom or similar platform. Contact us for information.

  6. Additional community worship opportunities have been added, with a Wednesday evening on-line prayer and discussion gathering, and a brief time of prayer and scripture on Market Street in front of the church on Sunday mornings.

  7. Please call the church office with questions or concerns, or use the Contact page, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

  8. Session will hold additional meetings as needed to keep abreast of the pandemic and its effect on the church. 

  9. Even though the church is closed, our hearts are open, and our expenses and payroll continue. Please keep your pledge and giving up to date through the mail or online. 


Be well, stay safe and sane, and God bless us all.