Re-entry Considerations and Guidelines

Re-entry Team

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
Bill Burnside
Beth DiCocco
Rev. Jill Colley Robinson
Rev. Taesung Kang
Rev. Karen Munson
Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson
Norm Thombs

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Additional Resources

CDC guidance for churches

State COVID-19 websites

May 20, 2020


Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

Bishop Devadhar has asked that we continue the suspension of in-person
worship through May 31, 2020 (Read more on this), in preparation for the time
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.

Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

Find the recording of our May 20, 2020 webinar

along with supplemental materials 


Additional resources

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

May 19, 2020: Read “Why Reopening a Church is Different” by Rev. Alex A. Shanks,
Assistant to Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Annual Conference.​


Video resources

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.