Updated COVID Protection Protocols (approved by Session on 3/15/22)
The faithful members of our GPC COVID Task Force have recommended changes to the practices that have been in place to best assure the health and safety of our church family. The recommended changes detailed below were discussed and approved by Session at our March 15th meeting. These updated guidelines are now in effect.
Please note that these changes will be put into practice unless infection rates increase. The Task Force will continue to monitor COVID data and will make further recommendations accordingly.

• Wearing of masks is a simple means of protecting the vulnerable and is recommended but not required.
• Alternate pew seating will continue for now.
• The return of the choir will be coordinated by Roy Smith. Members of the choir will be required to wear masks while singing.
• The current plan is for congregational singing to resume on Easter Sunday. The congregation will be asked to sing softly to minimize potential projection, or to mask while singing.
• Coffee hour will remain on hold for the near term. This will be reevaluated once warmer weather allows the option of gathering outside.
• Office hours: Karen will be in the office from 9am to 12pm, Tuesday through Friday.

We are grateful to all the dedicated members of the Task Force who continue to serve the best interests of our GPC Family.  Members are Tom Ward, Roy Smith, Janice Phillips, Ed Coons, Gary and Carrie Dykes, Bridget Wohlers, Ben Olsen, Dotty Meddaugh, Whit Beckett, Craig Henderberg and Bob Staszewski.
We all look forward to the day when we can reach a point that feels “normal”. Let us proceed cautiously and be vigilant going forward.

GPC’s COVID Response Information
Gates Presbyterian Church COVID Protocols for Building Use (6.21.21)

Read our letter from Session regarding our re-opening plan
GPC Re-Opening Letter 051121
COVID Screening Questions

Read our letters from Session about our COVID-19 response
Update from the COVID Task Force Committee – March 18 2021
Update from the COVID Task Force Committee – January 15 2021
When are we going to re-open? 062520
COVID Letter to Congregation 031820

Churchview Commons – our partnership for affordable housing
Gates Presbyterian Church has partnered with PathStone Corporation, developer of affordable housing, having entered into a 99- year land lease agreement for PathStone to build a two story 45 unit apartment building on land behind the church. CHURCHVIEW COMMONS will consist of 24 – 1 bedroom and 21- 2 bedroom units. We have also partnered with the YWCA of Rochester whose mission is to offer a continuum of supportive housing resources to single women and families who need a safe and secure home during times of crisis or homelessness.  Read more about this partnership here.