St. Paul UMC COVID-19 Updates

July 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Our Health and Wellness team as we discuss and pray about how and when we can safely reopen the church building. While I am not a CDC professional, I am married to one, so public health is a frequent topic of conversation in our house.

As you can imagine, our plans have been changing and adjusting as our life with this pandemic changes. Currently, as case numbers are rising in our area, we have had to once again adjust our timeline. With this unpredictable virus, it is difficult to have a “hard and fast date” to put out there for returning to in-person worship. We’ve been trying to figure out how to best plan, and thankfully, this last week we received some helpful guidance from our Bishop Sue-Haupert-Johnson.  She pointed us toward a helpful website put out by the Harvard Global Health Institute that breaks down the severity of cases by county and urged that if your county is at a red or orange alert, then we should continue to worship virtually. This website can be found here. 

Fulton County is currently at a red alert.  Therefore, following the guidance of the Bishop, and the best information we can attain, as long as Fulton County is at a red or orange alert we will continue to worship online.  Once Fulton County has been at a yellow alert for two consecutive weeks, we will make plans to resume in-person worship the following week with safety protocols put into place.  We will make sure that each week in our weekly emails we are communicating what color alert we are on so that everyone can stay up to date.

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue watching our online services, checking on your neighbors, and being the church in Grant Park.  If you are part of a small group, you may continue to meet if you are comfortable doing so. If you have any questions whatsoever please feel free to reach out to me, any member of the health and wellness team, or Pastor Cassie.  Thanks!