Path to Re-Entry
June 16, 2020
The Healthy Church team in conjunction with 2 other teams; one working on small group church usage as well as associated ministries ( NA, MOPS, Girl and Boy Scouts), and the preschool director(s) and the preschool board, are hard at work making plans for re-entry to the building.
The HCT will be meeting on July 1st to walking through a mock service in the building, with the intention of having a 50 person pilot service later this summer.
Read more about the Phase 2 guidelines released by the Bishop, HERE.
In addition to the information stated below and linked to from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church
THIS is Important Information Regarding Our Move to Stage Two In-Person Worship.
FUMC's HCT (Healthy Church Team) is working diligently and meeting every week right now to work out plans moving forward so that we can gather safely as soon as possible.
May 28, 2020
A note of "thanks" and encouragement from our Pastors!
Overview of our plan on re-entry to in-person worship
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church longs to reach people for Jesus Christ precisely where they are. Based on Christ’s call to love one another we will strive to connect safely and in accordance with both state and Methodist guidelines.
Because Bishop Lewis plans to limit in-person gatherings for the time being, the size of our congregation prevents us from using the church property for ministry at this time. As those restrictions are relaxed, we will seek to integrate new guidelines as quickly and safely as possible.
(Read detailed plans and guidelines from the Virginia Conference )
A workgroup at the direction of the Virginia Conference called the Healthy Church Team (HCT), which is composed of our pastors, lay leaders, other church leaders, experts amongst our congregation, as well as staff members has begun meeting to determine best practices and ways we can move towards re-entry to the physical building with grace and love.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q - I am remaining physically separated for the foreseeable future. How can I connect with FUMC?
A - We will continue to offer online worship and small groups for any and all who wish to participate. Find our ways to connect HERE and our links for Online Worship HERE.
Q - Why aren’t we meeting for worship at FUMC?
A- FUMC is one of 1,100+ United Methodist Churches in Virginia led by Bishop Sharma Lewis. While Governor Northam has begun allowing churches to meet in larger groups, Bishop Lewis, out of an abundance of caution, is limiting the number of people who can gather at United Methodist Churches at 25 during Phase 1. Because we routinely see over 400 people in our building each weekend, it is not viable to meet at the church at this time.
Q - When will we return to worship in person at FUMC?
A - FUMC is working diligently to develop procedures that will allow safe and responsible on-site worship once Governor Northam and Bishop Lewis lift restrictions on the number of people allowed in a given space. At this time, we do not know when these restrictions will be lifted.
Q - Will Children’s Ministry begin to meet in person?
A - By their very nature, kids love to touch and hug. Because of the profound difficulty of maintaining social distancing among children, we are encouraging families to worship together for the time being. We will continue to offer online resources for families including Sunday School. Also, please make sure to join us for Virtual Vacation Bible School starting June 15. For more information click here to email Jillian Murray - Director.
Q - When we return to the church building for worship, what should we expect?
A - First, you should expect FUMC to do everything possible to keep you and your family safe. Our facility has undergone a deep clean and intermittent cleaning while staff and volunteers continue to work and serve; and we have not allowed groups to meet at the facility in the last several months. When we are allowed to meet in a larger group setting, we will work to follow the best guidance available. This may include wearing masks (which will be available for any who forget to bring them), providing hand sanitizer, marking appropriate social distances on our pews and chairs, possible service time changes to allow safe flow of members etc.
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