All of us know that the facilities of St. Andrew’s UMC have been closed for several weeks and will remain closed until it is again safe to occupy them. As a result, we have used modern technology to worship, study and conduct church business. The intent has been to continue the ministry of the church, and that has been done. We applaud our staff for their extra effort to make this happen, and we also applaud you for your loyal support.
In anticipation of a reopening, hopefully sooner than later, your church leaders have begun to prepare the facilities, so that not only will everyone be safe but that they will also feel safe. The buildings will be sanitized and procedures put in place to assure the safety of everyone. A small group has been appointed to lead this effort and will call on you when help is needed.
There are many things to be considered, such as wearing masks; seating arrangements; removal from the pews of hymnals, Bibles, connect cards and pencils; receiving the offering; serving communion; and even singing. None of us have done this before but the wisdom of this reopening group will be led by the Holy Spirit.
Most of us are ready to return to the St. Andrew’s campus but realize that we may not do that until it is safe to do so. Please continue to participate in the virtual experiences provided for us, as well as your own private time with God. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and will be provided as needed while we wait for the COVID-19 to leave us.
The above does not include every thing that is happening at our church during this time of isolation, but it does give you information about what your church is doing and how it is preparing for reopening when the time is right. While we wait, be patient, be prayerful and stay safe.