Message From The Pastor – June 6, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and well. This letter is to update you on our church reopening plans. On May 18th, the State of Massachusetts released guidelines for allowing places of worship to open for in-person gatherings. In addition, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church issued guidance for churches to reopen. Our church leadership is reviewing these documents and developing an action plan for us to re-open the church.
Let me first say that our primary objective in reopening is to maintain the health and safety of our attendees, renters, and visitors. We do not want to place people at risk when they come to our church. Our Church Council met this week and I can share the following actions that are being taken.
- Re-opening the church will be a team effort. Most of the work for ensuring the safety of our building belongs to our Church Council and the Board of Trustees. These groups will develop the plans, take the necessary actions, and monitor compliance with the state and UMC guidelines.
- Our Board of Trustees will ensure we appropriate the necessary supplies and PPE to adhere to the state requirements. They will also develop and implement plans for cleaning, preparing our church space, and implement social distancing.
- The plans being developed will also apply to outside groups that rent space in our building.
Once all the plans have been developed, we will establish a target date for re-opening the church. We have agreed to take our time in planning and implementing our reopening. Perhaps the earliest would be the end of July, but if the church is not ready at that time, then it will push back until the Fall. We will adjust as we go because of the unknown nature of the pandemic. Again, our priority is to safeguard the health of our congregants at all times.
In the meantime, we will continue to hold our Sunday Worship Services and meetings online via Zoom while these groups are doing the preparation work.
Lastly, we would like to hear from you. How can we serve you better during this pandemic? We are open to all ideas, suggestions, and questions. Please share with us through our church email – firstname.lastname@example.org or on our FaceBook page. We also invite you to join us in worship every Sunday at 10 am by Zoom. We can also provide you with a free phone number to call in and join us.
We appreciate your faithfulness and endurance during the pandemic. We are in this together. I wish you and your loved ones, God’s peace, joy, and hope.
Together in Christ.
Pastor Sela Rousseau
“We are the evidence of God’s presence in the world.