Guidelines for returning to worship
Guidelines for Returning to Public Worship
Martin First United Methodist Church
The following guidelines for our church family have been developed and approved by our Worship Committee, Council on Ministries, and Church Board. They will evolve as circumstances change. We are seeking those practices and simple habits that will make people feel safe, comfortable, and loved. We will follow the guidelines of the Nashville Episcopal Area Bishop, and to the extent these guidelines are not inconsistent with his, we adopt the following guidelines:
- We will not gather for Sunday School in these summer months. Classes and leaders are encouraged to find ways to meet by Zoom, to read common literature, and to communicate with one another.
- Presently, we expect worship in our sanctuary to resume on the date recommended by the Bishop, at 8:30 and 11:00. Worship will be “livestreamed” for one service. If you or a member of your household are at higher risk from COVID-19, we encourage you to stay home and view the livestreamed services.
- At this time, no nursery will be provided during worship. If your child is under two we encourage you not to bring your child to worship.
- Hymnals, papers, and pencils have been removed from the backs of pews. Bulletins will not be available. The screen will be used for singing and other acts of worship when needed. There will be no choirs this summer.
- In Christian love for one another, facial coverings will be mandatory during worship. Masks will be available if you forget to bring a covering from home.
- We ask everyone to be vigilant in maintaining social distancing (6 ft). Members of the same household may sit together.
- Pews will be marked with red or blue tape. Persons will sit in “blue pews” which will be every third pew. Hand sanitizer stations will be available as appropriate.
- People will enter the church through designated entrances. You will be greeted by hospitality committee members. You can exit the sanctuary or fellowship hall after worship through the door nearest you.
- The Lord’s Supper will continue to be celebrated. Steps for receiving from the Table in a hygienic manner are being developed and will be explained in the worship setting. We understand and respect any attending worship who may prefer not to receive.
- Surveys will be submitted to the congregation to seek guidance as needed.