CHURCH REOPENING PLAN UPDATE
By Pastor Marianne Cotter
October 25, 2020
In all decisions about reopening the building, the church’s top concern is the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of each individual. Therefore, the church will follow the recommendations of the Sauk County Health and Emergency Management Departments and the WI United Methodist Conference when considering in-person use of and gatherings on church property during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At their October 19th meeting, the Administrative Council agreed that in-person worship will not resume until January 1, 2021 at the earliest. This decision was made in accordance with guidance from Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and also noting the currently high COVID numbers in Sauk County. The council also created a COVID team (comprised of the pastor, lay leader, administrative council chair and one trustee). The COVID team will make decisions on behalf of the church regarding building reopening plans and building use requests.
Mask wearing and social distancing will continue to be observed on church property at all times (with the exception of when eating/drinking and when worship leaders are conducing worship from at least a ten-foot distance.) Any funerals, memorial services, etc. held in the sanctuary will be limited to 25% of seating capacity. Meetings and gatherings in the church will be held only with the permission of the COVID team and would be limited to 14 people in fellowship hall and 10 people in the lower level’s multi-purpose room.
The building may be closed for many of our usual ministry activities, but the work of the church goes on! We are called to be “COVID Creative” – to find new ways of doing ministry in this time. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the church building Reopening Plan, please let me know. Thank you! – Pastor Marianne