Scientists' model of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus identified in 2019.

(Updated June 26)

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 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 June meeting of Session (our governing body), a task force has been appointed to make recommendations as to the timing and guidelines for reopening the church for worship services and other activities. A detailed plan will be presented to Session in July, but the date for reopening will be determined in accord with government guidance and best principles to ensure our community can worship together.

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 (currently on Facebook). Tuesday morning Bible study meetings continue via Google Hangout/Meet. Contact us for information.

  6. Please call the church office with questions or concerns and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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

  8. 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.