Friends, 

I am pleased to share that, beginning Sunday, June 28, and Wednesday, July 1, we will hold services of morning prayer on Sundays at 9 a.m. and services of evening prayer on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. We are asking everyone who is planning to attend to register so that we can plan accordingly. Registering you and your family members will help us plan and best serve you.


Here are some of the things we are doing to keep you safe:


  • Spacing Chairs
  • Limiting Handout Items 
  • Reducing Touchpoints
  • Cleaning Surfaces Between Services
  • Temporarily Suspending Congregational Singing


Worship services continue to be available online at madisonstreetumc.org and on YouTube.

For more detailed information, click here to access Q&A about re-opening or click here  to read the guidelines.

It remains a joy and privilege to be in ministry with you!

Harriet

Q&A

Have questions? We have the answers!

When will we be able to gather in the sanctuary for worship?
What will worship look like?
Why aren’t you offering multiple services on Sunday morning?
How many people can we safely seat in the sanctuary?
Are you telling me I won’t be able to sit in “my” seat in the sanctuary?
With other establishments opening at 50% capacity, why are we limiting the number of persons in the sanctuary so drastically?
Why do I need to register for each service I plan to attend?
How do I register?
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 happens if someone who has attended a service tests positive for COVID-19?
What about other groups meeting at the church?
What are you offering for children and youth?
What factors should I consider before I come?
Why offer worship with these restrictions?

Scroll down to read the full guidelines for re-opening.

 

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

GUIDELINES 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.

Phase 1 – May 12, 2020—June 27, 2020

Groups of approximately 10.


Guidelines:

  • Worship will remain online only.  
  • Small groups, Sunday School classes, etc. are encouraged to continue meeting virtually.  
  • Administrative and Ministry Teams/Committees (not including Church Council) may meet onsite in the Fellowship Hall where social distancing rules will be maintained.  
  • Health screenings (including temperature screenings) and masks will be required.  
  • High-risk individuals (people over 65 and those with underlying conditions), whether staff or volunteer, should continue to shelter in place. 


Implementation:

  • Expectations: Participants will be responsible for disinfecting their areas after use.
  • Staff Roles – Place disinfecting wipes on tables and know where they are located (stock); health screening (includes temperature checks)
  • Signage – Directional, mark social distancing spots in hallway leading to fellowship hall. Add signs for symptoms of virus, no shaking hands, from the CDC website.


Back to guidelines

Phase 2 - June 28, 2020—TBD

Groups of approximately 50.


Guidelines:

  • Worship will continue to be offered online at 10:15 a.m.  
  • A Service of Morning Prayer will be offered onsite on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  
  • A Service of Evening Prayer will be offered onsite on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  These services will be approximately 35 minutes in length.
  • Reservations to attend will be required so social distancing regulations can be maintained.  
  • With the exception of children under age 2 or persons who have trouble breathing or who cannot remove their own masks, masks will be required. We will provide masks if needed.
  • There will be no childcare or Kid’s Core during worship.
  • Sunday School classes, Bible Study classes, and other small groups may continue to meet virtually OR may schedule a time to meet onsite at the church.  
  • All classes that meet onsite will meet in the Fellowship Hall where social distancing can be maintained.  
  • Health screenings (including temperature screenings) are required.
  • Classes will schedule their onsite meeting time on a first-come, first-served basis.  
  • For adults with children and youth, an educational time for children/youth (ages 5 & up) will be scheduled concurrently with the adults’ onsite class meeting time.  
  • Nursery care for children under 5 will NOT be provided.


Implementation:

  • Expectations – Bring own hand sanitizer, masks, clergy will be tasked with asking people to leave if necessary, health screening questions will be sent upon completion of registration and posted on the door.
  • Staff Roles – scheduler, develop a protocol for scheduling including how to stop registration with cutoff number and wait list (leaving a few spaces for guests), bathroom & elevator monitors, attendance trackers, ushers, health screeners (nursery workers can assist).
  • Needed supplies – bandanas, face masks, hand sanitizer, thermometers and where located, another 2 mic headsets
  • Signage – bathroom, elevator, monitor/attendance, hand sanitizer, enter/exit, health questions, no handshakes
  • Worship Considerations – Offering, attendance, no communion, congregational singing, or full choir at this time. Instrumentalists, solos, ensembles. Remove hymnals, bibles, etc.


Back to guidelines

Phase 3

To Be Determined

 

Back to guidelines

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