The Administrative Board of Trinity United Methodist Church met Sunday, June 14, to discuss re-opening our church for in-person or in-house worship. The consensus was to remain closed for the rest of June, but to re-open on Sunday, July 5. During the month of July, weather permitting, we will worship outdoors, on the parsonage lawn next to the church, maintaining a social distance of 6 feet between families. By worshiping in the open air, we believe that it will be safe to include a couple hymns, responsive readings, and unison prayers in the service. If we move indoors because of inclement weather, these items will be omitted from the service because we emit virus particles into the air while speaking or singing. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Masks are recommended but are optional. Masks will be available as worshipers arrive. Re-opening isn't simply unlocking the doors and resuming where we left off in March. Many precautions are required. Consequently, worship will not be exactly the same as it was for quite some time. We ask for your understanding and patience and concern for the safety of all persons. For those who would be uncomfortable attending church in July, because of age or underlying health conditions, an abbreviated service will still be available on Trinity's Facebook page and YouTube. Please do not attend if you are sick or have flu-like symptoms. It is essential that everyone read the guidelines below which give more detailed information on what we all need to do to re-open Trinity United Methodist Church for worship and safeguard the health and lives of all people.

Ed Peterson, Pastor

Church Re-opening conditions for the month of July beginning Sunday, July 5, 2020:

- Outdoor service in parsonage yard if weather permits

- Bring your own lawn chair, blanket and water bottle

- Keyboard will be used with a couple of familiar hymns printed on bulletin insert

- Special music options

- Restrooms for emergency use only

- Offering drop box will be used

- No communion for the month of July

- No children up front for children’s sermon

- Social distancing between families required

- Masks are optional

- Masks will be available if anyone wants one

- Attendance will be taken by an usher at each service

 

If weather is an issue we will have church in the sanctuary w/the following conditions:

- Deep cleaning of sanctuary and fellowship area prior to July 5

- Handicap entrance is the only entrance available

- Entrance door to remain open

- Masks and hand sanitizer will be available

- Masks are optional

- Social distancing between families required – 6’ distance

- No hand shaking

- Pews will be taped off

- Pew cushions will be removed

- Pew bibles, hymnals and attendance charts removed

- No fellowship before or after unless 6’ distancing

- No coffee or refreshments

- Offering drop box will be used

- No communion the month of July

- Hymns and responsive readings will be omitted

- Tables and chairs removed from fellowship area

- No one allowed downstairs – other than to count offering

- No acolytes – Ed will light the candles prior to church service

- No children up front for children’s sermon

- Kids bags will be removed

- Air conditioner will not be running

- Water bottles allowed

- Bathrooms for emergency use only

- Attendance will be taken by an usher at each service

 

Other items of importance:

- Do not come to church if you have or have had any cold, flu or other illness symptoms

- If you come down with the virus – call Ed or Cindy immediately with date of attendance

- Sermon will continue to be available through email and Facebook until further notice

- No outside groups are able to meet in the church until further notice

- No small group gatherings – Adult or Children's Sunday School, Youth group, etc.

- No Vacation Bible School