Dayton Valley Calvary Chapel issue isn’t over…
The long running legal debate as to whether there should be any attendance limit placed on Dayton Valley Calvary Chapel is still trying to find it’s way home in order to hold near normal congregations at their church.The issue has been battered about for many months but the question seems to be “what is an appropriate number of worshipers in any given church at any given time?” Crowds of people anywhere, including in churches, could run a high risk of creating another eruption-hot-spot of the Covid-19.
The trouble with the Dayton Valley Calvary’s Church is that they don’t want to be subjected to any fixed attendance level. Meanwhile, a lot of private businesses are cutting back clients/customers to 25% to 50% of service levels (take out) just to stay open. But reports say Calvary Chapel skipped right over the local district court’s review and started climbing the legal ladder all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court thinking they’d get permission for a full church – continuing to fill all the pews every Sunday.
They didn’t get much satisfaction there either. The Supreme Court refused to hear their case because the issue had not been fully examined in the lower courts. Calvary Chapel appeared to skip lower courts and head for courts in Washington DC. When it got to those higher courts officials said the issue had not been fully explored in the lower courts. And besides, other businesses and religious organizations had already accepted lower attendance numbers within their limited inside spaces.
Dayton Valley Calvary Chapel was told by the DC courts to consider what seems to be working elsewhere… and that is...mirroring the commercial services industries like restaurants, casinos and gyms to scale back or expand hours. Likewise, the number of worshipers during Sunday services (plural?), may require spreading worship services over whatever time there might be in any given Sunday or special services during the week.
So, in some ways, Calvary Chapel is back to having to modify its worship services schedule to get everybody “saved.” But with the rapid gearing up of Covid-19 vaccines, it shouldn’t take much time for our country to get back to their normal Sunday schedule – and likewise, any other worship function throughout the week. A little bit of patience should go a long way.
We should climb out of this Covid-19 pandemic by late summer or early fall – then get back to normal in our church meetings by late fall. That’s what many medical experts are predicting. When we’re all vaccinated, we all can get back to normal.