First United Methodist Church Of Bay Minette, Alabama
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
 
IN-PERSON WORSHIP REOPENING      Starting July 5th @ 10:00 am

7/1/2020

Dear Friends and Families,
     As we prepare to resume In-Person Worship this Sunday, we are committed to doing all we can to protect the health and safety of everyone who comes to worship. I wanted to let you know that our facilities have been thoroughly sanitized. As part of their normal duties, the church janitorial staff disinfects all surfaces with CDC-approved cleaning chemicals. In addition, we have taken extra steps to ensure that surfaces are free of contaminants – pews, doorknobs, light switches, and other surfaces have been wiped down with CDC-approved wipes. We will continue to do this before and after each service.
     We have also made several adjustments to the worship service to decrease the likelihood of spreading the virus. I have attached some very important information for you to consider prior to arriving at church on Sunday. These procedures are designed to keep everyone safe and at the same time allow for a full and meaningful worship experience.
     As Sunday approaches, let me encourage you to take the continued threat of COVID-19 seriously. The number of cases in Baldwin County have exploded in the past few days. On June 1st, there had been 292 confirmed cases of the virus in our county. As of this morning, there have been 626. That is alarming. But the good news is that the vast majority of those infected have either recovered or are on their way to recovery.

     So, everyone must do their part to slow or prevent the spread of the virus. That means that social distancing, washing your hands thoroughly, and even wearing those dreaded masks are even more important. It may mean the difference between someone you know contracting the virus or not.
     After Sunday’s service, we will evaluate the effectiveness of our preventative measures as well as the worship service itself. If adjustments need to be made, we will make them as quickly as possible.
     Also, for those who just aren’t comfortable returning to church, we will continue to broadcast of Facebook on Sunday mornings at 10:00.
     Finally, let me ask you to take a few minutes this week to pray for us as we resume services in our sanctuary. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we resume. Especially pray for God’s protection, that we will all stay safe and healthy as we gather.

 

 

I pray you have a blessed week

 

 

Pastor Marty

     Sanctuary Workday: As we get ready for Sunday’s service, we need to prepare the sanctuary. We have to mark off pews, remove hymnals and bibles, as well as other tasks. If you are willing to meet Wednesday at 5:30 PM to help with these projects, please notify the church office. Remember to wear your mask.
     Bible Study:  This week’s Bible study is on Acts 13. I invite you to join us in the Chapel at 7:00 Wednesday morning. We will also be on Zoom for anyone wanting to join us from home. The meeting ID is 987 077 5757. The password is Methodist. You should be able to connect directly to the study.

     Giving: Throughout this ordeal, you have been so faithful to continue to support the church financially. Because of your generosity, we have been able to continue to minister to the world in many ways. However, now that summer is here and vacations are on everyone’s mind, I would like to remind you that the financial needs of the church remain. So please continue to give to the work of the church. You can make your regular tithes and offerings several ways:

         1)     PushPay (https://pushpay.com/login)

         2)     Mail a check to FUMC - PO Box 338

         3)     Drop off at the church office during normal office hours

         4)     Drop donations in the secure black mailbox to the right of the office door.

 

      Food Pantry:  The Food Pantry continues to need items to fill their shelves. If you would be willing to donate some of the following items, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned meat such as tuna, spaghetti sauce with meat, spaghetti noodles as well as other pastas, and large cans of soup, it would be a tremendous blessing to the needy in our community. You can drop off your donations at the church office, and we will deliver them to the pantry.                                
                                                                     
Know, Before You Go To Church:

 

     We are excited to be reunited with our church family for Sunday morning worship services! We will do our best to provide the safest possible worship environment for everyone to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  We encourage all persons (especially those who are in the high-risk categories) to make an informed decision regarding worship attendance. For those who choose to worship from home, we will continue to broadcast our worship services on Facebook.
We will be practicing the following enhanced health and safety measures:
                              
                                            Nursery and Children's Ministry
Nursery, Children’s Moment and Children’s Church are unavailable at this time. Children are welcome to attend the Sanctuary service with their families.                                                                        
                                                                                               Building Entry and Exit

Worshipers will enter through the front doors of the Narthex where temperatures will be checked, and attendance recorded.  Hand Sanitizer and Disposable Masks will be available.  After the service, worshipers will be encouraged to exit through the doors closest to where they are seated.
                                                                                                  Sanctuary Seating

Pews will be marked to encourage social distancing. Alternating pews will be available for use. Non-family members must maintain 6-foot separation.  All pew items (Hymnals, Bibles, Attendance pads, etc…) will be temporarily removed.
                                                                                               
                                                                                                     
Restroom Use

Only one person or persons in the same household may use the restroom at a time. Children should be accompanied by an adult.  Sanitizing materials will be available to clean restrooms after each use. All surfaces, including seats, faucets, light switches, and door handles should be wiped down.
                                                                                                  Worship Practices
We will not take an offering. Rather you may drop your tithes and offerings in the plates located at each door.  Virtual bulletins will be available in place of paper bulletins.    Services will be shortened to lessen the possibility of spreading COVID-19.|  Communion will be served with pre-packaged elements. Elements will be placed in seats prior to the start of service.  Congregational singing and responsive reading will be limited.  No choir initially. Special music will continue to be provided by solos, duets, etc…

                                                                                                  Personal Practices
Please refrain from handshakes or hugs.  Face masks are strongly recommended and will be available for distribution. Remember masks are for the protection of others.  No food, drinks, or candy will be served. Water fountains will be non-functioning.

                                                                                                        Volunteers

We will need a minimum of 8 volunteers each week in order to get people into the service smoothly. If you are willing to help please contact the church office.

                                                                                                      Positive Test

     First, if you are not feeling well, or are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty, breathing, or Fatigue) please stay home and contact your primary care physician immediately.

 

     If you test positive for COVID-19, we ask that you be forthcoming and notify the Pastor as soon as possible so that steps may be taken to
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nsure the disease does not spread.

 

     In the event, someone tests positive within 14 days of attending an event in our building, those in attendance will be notified via US Mail. They will be advised to contact their physician for further instructions.
     The Janitorial Staff will then take additional steps to re-sanitize all church facilities.  

 

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to our church office at 251-937-8303.

 

As we continue to face these times.
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 Pastor Marty Hamilton
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 7:00 am: Bible Study
5:15: pm: Chapel Worship Service
5:45 pm:  Fellowship Supper
6:00 pm:  Children, Youth Discipleship 
6:15 pm Chancel Choir rehearsal

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