Camelback Doors Closed to Public Worship Due to Spike in COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Dear Camelback Family and Friends,

I want to provide you with an update on the status of the church and opening its doors to public worship on Sabbaths.

As many of you have experienced, church ministry continues to thrive in different forms as we use Zoom and other social websites to keep us connected. We have vibrant ministries available to all who want to interact with their church family during this pandemic that continues to threaten the health of our communities.

The church board voted to open for public worship on June 6 but the following week decided to re-close due to the spike in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. During the one Sabbath we were open, we had 102 people in attendance and were able to practice physical distancing throughout the service. We took a survey and temperatures, wore masks, and did our best to maintain a safe distance from each other. It was not a return to normal by any means, but it warmed the hearts of those who were longing for togetherness after being quarantined for over two months.

As we look toward the future we acknowledge that the coronavirus will remain with us for some time. But rather than keeping our doors closed to our members and the community indefinitely, the church board voted this week on a baseline measure that would allow us to reopen safely while keeping in practice the protocols already created for gathering as a church family.

The baseline measure we voted on is a downward trend of 25% or more in the number of hospitalizations for a two week period. We are following the statistics reported in the Daily Report by the Maricopa County Public Health Department. You can find this on their website via the link below if you want to track the trend over time (be sure to check “Hospitalizations” at the bottom). Once we see the spike in hospitalizations go down substantially, Camelback will reopen for public worship. And whenever we do, we want everyone to know that the safety of our members and community is our number one concern.

The pastoral staff is doing everything we can to minister to our church family during the week and through our online Sabbath School and worship service each Sabbath. We miss you terribly and look forward to the time when we can come together again in person to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God bless you all as we stand unified in spirit even though we are physically apart during the pandemic. God is with us and has not hesitated for a moment to keep the proclamation of the everlasting gospel from going forward. Let Him use you to encourage your family, friends, and neighbors and to bring them hope for a brighter future.

Pastor John


Release of Guidelines for Attendance When Church is Open

Here is the essential information to know before attending Camelback in the near future:

  • The Camelback board members will reopen the church to the congregation in the near future.
  • Sabbath School will begin at 9:30; worship at 11:00.
  • There will be no on-campus lower division Sabbath School classes at this time. You can join from home via Zoom.
  • No one should feel obligated to return when we open. We encourage all members that fit in any of the COVID-19 at-risk categories to remain home until the pandemic is over.
  • Our video team will continue to live stream Sabbath School and the Worship Service.
  • Masks will be required for seating in the sanctuary. Disposable masks will also be available on site.
  • Physical distancing is required for seating and socializing while on site. Every other row in the sanctuary will be roped off.
  • There will be no congregational singing for the time being.
  • Tithes and offerings will be collected at the end of the service.
  • Upon arrival, a team will ask you several questions and your temperature will be taken with a no-contact thermometer. This is to make sure that no one who has been recently exposed to COVID-19 or is currently symptomatic is allowed in the building to share the virus with others.
  • Our deacon team will assist with the flow of traffic and physical distancing throughout the morning.
  • Please bring water as the drinking fountains have been turned off.
  • Our luncheon ministry has been suspended for the next few months.


Click here for a copy of the detailed list of guidelines: Camelback Reopening Guidelines