Re-entry Considerations and Guidelines
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
Rev. Jill Colley Robinson
Rev. Taesung Kang
Rev. Karen Munson
Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson
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May 20, 2020
Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19
Bishop Devadhar has asked that we continue the suspension of in-person
that will follow, we have created these guidelines for our churches to follow.
If you have not already, we encourage you to develop a working team of leaders
to guide your faith community through this re-opening and re-launching process.
We will update the resources as more information becomes available.
See our guidelines for worship music by clicking the link below right.
along with supplemental materials
Questions to consider as we contemplate returning to in-person worship
Reopening: Immunologist shares “The Risks — Know Them — Avoid Them”
Erin Bromage, comparative immunologist and professor of biology (specializing in immunology) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, shared a COVID-19 blog post titled “The Risks — Know Them — Avoid Them” that’s received attention across the nation. “So throughout most of the country we are going to add fuel to the viral fire by reopening. It's going to happen if I like it or not, so my goal here is to try to guide you away from situations of high risk,” Bromage writes. Read more
Assistant to Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Annual Conference.
Hear a message about reopening from the NEAC Cabinet
In this video, Stephanie Bennett, pastor of the Barrackville (WVa) UMC,
demonstrates what physical distancing and other re-entry practices really look at church.
In this video, Rev. Doug Robinson-Johnson offers a theological reflection on
why Christians should wear masks. Rev. Robinson-Johnson is an elder in
the New England Conference serving as senior pastor of National UMC in Washington, DC
Click the link to watch a recording from a May 13, 2020 webinar “Road to Reopening The UMC” hosted by The Woodlands (TX) UMC. The hour-long panel discussion covered a wide variety of topics around re-starting in-person worship.