COVID Safety Measures

The health and safety of all our congregation, staff, and visitors is our top priority. We are following John Wesley's teaching to do no harm, by implementing the following safety precautions.

Phase 2A

begins April 11th
In Phase 2A, the building will be open for limited numbers in worship services, church related small groups of 10 or less, and church staff. If small groups choose to meet they will be asked to meet in the hours listed in the Re-opening Guidelines. We will encourage small groups to continue to meet online. We will also strongly encourage those who have underlying health conditions or who, because of age, might be greatly affected by this virus, to continue to support the church from the safety of their own home. Outside groups will be unable to use the building in Phase 2A.

Operations

Church Hours of Operation
Main and Oak Street Center
  • Staff (alarms off)-Monday thru Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Members and Public-Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Available Entrances Monday-Thursday

Please enter through the Main Building Welcome Center. All entrances are open on Sunday. 

Available Use Areas*

Main Building
  • Narthex
  • Nave
  • All Offices
  • TV Studio
  • Level 2 Restrooms
  • Prigmore Room
  • Conference Room
  • Parlor
  • Restrooms near Parlor
  • Mohney Hall
Oak Street Center 
  • The Vine
  • Lobby
  • Restrooms
  • Kitchen


*Other areas will be opened as needed with approval from Senior Pastor and/or Director of Facilities for Sunday School usage

Non-Staff Entering the Building

There will be no gate keeper position after April 11.
Non-staff will be able to enter the building Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4p.m.
Contractual workers will need to coordinate schedules with the Director of Facilities.
During the week groups of 10 (or less) will be allowed to meet at FCUMC. 
Groups with over ten participants will be approved on a case by case basis.
Administrative teams will be encouraged to continue to meet online.

Each person wishing to use the facility will do the following in Phase 2A
  • Call ahead and secure an assigned room with the Director of Facilities 
  • Sign in at the desk in the entrance of the Welcome Center. This includes church members and contractual workers.  (This will assist in narrowing down potentially exposed people if contact tracing is needed.) On Sunday mornings Sunday school classes will register attendance in each classroom.
  • Proceed to the meeting space and be asked with grace not to move about the building or make drop-in calls on staff.
  • Please remember face masks are not optional in Phase 2A.
  • Remember to follow safety guidelines of washing hands frequently, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching eye, nose, mouth. Observe social distancing best practices.
  • Persons having an appointment with a staff member will wait in the Welcome Center so the staff member can come to take them to their office.

Worship

  • In-person worship will continue with numbers limited by social distancing measures. 
  • In the Sanctuary and Vine – 2 worship services – 8:30 & 10:45 if numbers increase 
  • Outdoor services will also be scheduled 
  • There will be no passing of offering plates, no entry questions required, nor usher assisted seating.
  • There will be no greeting after the service, no passing of peace by touch, nor early bird sign up needed. 
  • Participants will be required to register attendance at each worship venue.
  • Masks will still be required for worship attendees but singing with mask on will be allowed. 
  • Bulletins and attendance sheets will be in the seats.
  • Holy communion will be observed with restrictions.
  • Live streamed services will still be available. 
  • Baptisms will be approved by the Senior Pastor.
  • Funerals can be conducted with worship protocols listed above. 
  • Weddings will be decided on a case by case basis

Other Programs

  • Sunday School classes may resume if social distancing measures can be observed -otherwise we recommend Zoom meetings until Phase 4.
  • Ministry and administrative teams can meet on site but we encourage continued meetings by Zoom when possible.
  • Youth may begin to meet for regular activities on campus. Any type of trip off campus will not be allowed at this time without Senior Pastor approval. (See Youth Plan)
  • Children activities may resume with certain protocols followed. (See Children’s Plan)

Youth Re-Opening Plan

Phase 2A

  • Sunday School resumes with social distancing and masks. (No breakfast)
  • Sundays from 5pm to 6pm - Online offering: Pre-recorded Sunday Video Devotion
  • Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm – In-person fellowship and shortened Bible Study in the Youth Dining Room where students can be socially distanced
  • Youth Lounge (aka – “The Pit”) will be used for overflow.
  • Masks required.
  • Food will be served in pre-packaged containers and served by one gloved person.
  • All surfaces disinfected before and after meetings.
  • Game Room Open – Masks required, cleaning before and after.
  • Door volunteer checks students in.

Special Procedures:

  • Attendants must answer the “Entry Questions.”
  • Attendance for contact tracing
  • Seating will be spaced 3 to 6 feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be posted by the doors.
  • No volunteers with pre-existing conditions allowed.
  • Recommended one-at-a-time bathroom breaks.

Children's Re-Opening Plan

  • All children above the two-year-old class will wear a mask.
  • From 9:30-10:30am, we will have Sunday school for Elementary students. We ask that you drop your children off at their classroom door, and do not enter the room. 
  • During our 10:45am worship service, we will have childcare available for children from Birth-Pre-K. We ask that you let your elementary students attend church with you. 
  • Parents of babies and toddlers will be permitted to enter the room to drop off their child (during church time).