While we aren’t meeting live for worship yet, and we all hear about churches that irresponsibly have infected many, there ARE United Methodist Churches that are meeting. How do they do it and protect their people? What does that look like?
I did a quick survey of several UM Churches. Here is what I heard:
Some do a drive-in church, where people sit in their cars and tune into an FM frequency the church purchases.
Some do outdoor services with physical distance. Protocols at these services are like the indoor services described below.
For those that meet indoors, they take temperatures at the door. They ask for a name and contact information so they can inform everyone if it turns that anyone who was there has tested for positive. They meet for less than 30 minutes. They don’t sing. They have communion in packets that are already in marked seats. All seats are 6+ feet away from others. They wear masks. The doors are open, regardless of the weather.
After a meaningful conversation with our Leadership Team in the Fall, I opted to not draw us together for that type of service.
Things are looking better in some ways now. Caution is still vital, as the country risks a fourth wave, but vaccines are rolling out at amazing speed. I want to see y’all together celebrating and loving with each other. But let’s do this as smartly as we can.
May 23 outside in the Courtyard! And July in the Chapel!! And in the Fall, in the Sanctuary!
By the grace of God!