Covid-19 In-Person Worship Guidelines

Guidelines for in-person worship at New Beginnings UMC

1:  Should I attend in-person worship?

●  If you are sick, or have been sick or have had close contact with a person who has symptoms like dry cough, chest tightness, and/or fever, within the last few days, please stay home and worship with us online. 

● Online worship via Facebook live will continue to be available as an alternative to in-person worship at 10:45 a.m.  We encourage those most vulnerable to Covid-19, which includes: 

  •             1) Persons over 65 years of age,
  •              2) Those with pre-existing conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma.
  •             3) Individuals whose immune system is compromised 

 to continue to worship online, but we respect your decision to worship in-person if you so choose.

2. Masks

All persons attending in-person worship services must wear a mask throughout the entire service. Only those leading worship can remove masks for the duration of leading, then they must put masks back on. 

●  Some reusable cloth masks are available for free, just call, text or message Pastor Ashley and she can mail/deliver one to you and each family member.   Some disposable or reusable masks will be available at the church for anyone who forgets their mask. 

3. Entrances and Social Distancing Guidelines

●  All attendees should enter and exit the church through the side doors. (By the handicap parking or by Fox and Friends).

● Handsanitizer will be provided by the entrances of the sanctuary. 

●  Follow signs/arrows for flow of traffic to enter the sanctuary.  Do not congregate or gather in the entryway or fellowship hall.

 ●  Maintain 6 feet of social distancing, not just inside, but also in the parking lot, as you enter the worship space, and as you exit the space and return to your vehicles.

●  Our sanctuary will only be filled to 25% capacity, which is approximately 35-40 people. Therefore, it is important for you and your family to attend the worship service time you signed up for. 

● Every other pew will be empty. Do not sit in sections of pews that are blocked off.

●  Sit only with members of your household (this includes children and youth), or other family members you have had regular contact with during the last few months. 

● Pews should be no more than half full.

● Please refrain from any physical contact with others not in your family; no hugs, handshakes, high fives, etc. 

4: Worship

●  Worship will be shortened to 30-40 minutes to limit time in the building.  Please try to arrive no more than 10 minutes early, unless you are on the cleaning team. 

● You must keep your mask on for the duration of the worship service. Only those leading worship can remove their mask for the duration of leading/speaking.  

● Congregational singing will be limited. Music will be pre-recorded, and we will feature live instrumental or specials featuring a soloist.

●  Those leading worship will maintain at least 6 feet between them, and can only remove a mask if they are speaking/singing.

● Holy Communion will be administered through individually wrapped elements that will be available for pick up near the entrance and in the sanctuary. They will not be passed out during the service. If you are worshipping at home, and would like to participate in Holy Communion- let Pastor Ashley know by the thursday before the 1st Sunday of the month and she can deliver them to you.

● There will be no nursery until we receive and can meet guidelines given to us by the Governor and Bishop.

5: Cleaning

● The cleaning team, while wearing gloves and masks,  will disinfect the pews, light switches, door knobs, bathrooms, and gathering spaces in-between services, and following the last service. 

● A member of the cleaning team will need to take home cleaning cloths to wash and return for the following week. 

● The worship team will disinfect any microphone or instrument they utilized during the service. 

● The Community Table Team will continue to clean up after themselves on Wednesday nights.

6: Ceasing in-person worship

● If there is a surge in Covid-19 cases in our local community or state, the leadership team will evaluate if it is safe for us to continue worshipping in person. In-person service can be suspended again at the discernment and suggestion of our lead team, Bishop and/or Governor.