We will work to keep this page updated with all our latest information about church activities and building closures. As you are aware, this is a very fluid, quickly changing situation. We will post updates as soon as possible. We will also have links to our audio sermons, scriptures and other information that will be useful as we worship in new and different ways. If you have suggestions for information that should be listed here, please send us an email.
Update December 11, 2020
The Healthy Church Team has been working to update Covid 19 safety procedures at CUMC.
Starting on Tuesday, December 8th, we have limited the number of people working in the office and all have an assigned area that is socially distanced. Masks will be continued to be worn at all times.
Other than staff and periodic volunteers, no other people will be granted access into the building without the approval of Pastor Matt.
There will be a table set up at the back entrance for staff and volunteers to take temperature checks and sign-in after responding to a Health Acknowledgement form. Hand sanitizer will be provided at check-in.
Our Walk-In Ministry will continue on Fridays and volunteers will follow all of the safety procedures.
We will continue our live-streamed services on Facebook Live and Church Online Platform. Our audio-visual team will be positioned for proper social distancing and we will have one soloist at a time for our services.
Many thanks are extended to our HCT for working through these procedures.
Update October 23, 2020
We want to let you know of some changing requirements regarding how we approach our streaming of the Sunday morning service. When we began this process in March, the guidelines from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Annual Conference indicated that 10 people could gather to present worship if they maintained the prescribed distance of six feet. We’ve been careful to operate in that way.
Recently, there have been some incidents of churches gathering with small groups to either rehearse for worship or broadcast worship where infections have occurred. Also, since March, we have learned that droplets from singing and speaking may linger in the atmosphere longer than originally believed. With those developments and knowledge, our Annual Conference has issued new guidelines for recording or livestreaming worship. These guidelines still allow for 10 people to gather to lead worship, but now strongly suggest that masks be worn whenever anyone is speaking or singing, except for preaching. There is a new emphasis on ventilation, suggesting opening windows and cycling the air more frequently through HVAC systems. Finally, there is now information that the length of time people spend in the same indoor space is related to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It is strongly suggested that when churches meet either for in-person worship, or livestreaming, that services be limited to about 40 minutes.
We think that it is important to try to observe these guidelines for all involved in presenting worship each Sunday. So, this Sunday, we are using an abbreviated order of worship. We will do our best to conduct worship that is still meaningful and has integrity in 40-45 minutes.Our Healthy Church Team realizes that some of us are eager and ready to return to in-person worship. We all are eager for that. Our Team is carefully and prayerfully considering how and when we can do that safely. You may recall, that under the current guidelines, in-person worship requires that all people be socially distanced at six feet and that all people wear masks. Guidelines also mandate that congregations not use hymnals, paper, or engage in singing. However, I assure you that we’re diligently considering what is best for us. Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.
You can find our weekly worship bulletins here.