Q&A

Have questions? We have the answers!

Joining us for the first time?
When will we be able to gather in the sanctuary for worship?
What will worship look like?
What will be available for children?
Are you telling me I won’t be able to sit in “my” seat in the sanctuary?
Do I need to let you know I plan to attend?
Do I have to register for each service I plan to attend?
What protective measures are you taking?
Why are we being asked to wear cloth face coverings?
What happens if I don’t have a cloth face covering?
What about other groups meeting at the church?
What factors should I consider before I come?
What happens if someone who has attended a service tests positive for COVID-19?

If you have questions that were not addressed, please email Rev. Harriet J. Bryan.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR RE-OPENING THE BUILDING:

MADISON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Values:

  • Self-sacrificial love—The Great Commandment states, “You shall love the Lord your God … and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37–39). During this pandemic, love for ourselves is expressed in the ways we protect ourselves from getting infected. In the same way, love for our neighbor is expressed in the ways we protect them from getting infected. Out of love for the most vulnerable among us, we are willing to set aside our own preferences regarding taking recommended precautions and adhering to best practices in order to love like Jesus who “emptied himself …and humbled himself” for our sake (Philippians 2:5-8) and who taught his disciples that, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

John Wesley’s 3 Simple Rules

  • Do No Harm—We value the health and wellbeing of all God’s people, especially the vulnerable ones. As churches, we pray that no one will be endangered or placed at unnecessary risk, just as we desire that others would do the same to us (Luke 6:31). We acknowledge that we cannot eliminate all risk; we are committed to exercising due diligence and mitigating as much risk as we can.


  • Do Good— By implementing the following plan, with God’s help, we seek to do all the good we can to others. This is our prayerful effort to spread God’s love, not harm. To this end, we submit ourselves to Spirit-led self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7) so that others may be blessed by our love-filled actions. 



  • Stay in Love with God —We long for the return to in-person worship as one of the most important means of staying in love with God (Jn. 4:23-24, Heb. 10:25). We also recognize that offering a quality on-line worship experience enables us most effectively to minister both to our congregation and to reach new people for Christ during this unprecedented time.

These guidelines will be reviewed regularly and revised based on updated information.

We will communicate any changes deemed necessary.

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