Covid Q & A with Dr. Jack Aldridge

RE-OPENING PROTOCOL FOR WAGONER FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

Join us for Sunday Worship at8:30 and 10:55 am in sanctuary” Please consider this one step among many as we hope to eventually return to our regular worship schedule.  We will constantly monitor the situation, considering both internal and external factors, in determining our next step.  Everything will remain fluid.

 

Guiding Principles

Matthew 22:37-39:   Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

 

Philippians 2:3-4: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

 

Romans 12:9-13: Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

 

John Wesley’s General Rules for Methodist societies:   Do no harm; Do good; attend to the ordinances of God.

 

These guiding principles remind us that everything, including our worship of God, is done in a spirit of love, which includes doing what is good and right, for each other and not just for ourselves.  It is our responsibility not only to do no harm but to do good for others as we attend to the ordinances of God.

 

Therefore, DO NOT ATTEND WORSHIP IF YOU FEEL ILL OR HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  The most common symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

 

For additional information and emergency warning signs, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

 

If you are attending worship in person, we respectfully request that you wear a mask.  We are not using the term “mandate,” as we believe that our congregation will show love, care, and respect for one another.  We believe that our folks will want to create a safe environment for all those who feel comfortable gathering in person.  We don’t have to “require” when people willingly consider others and want to respond in love.  If you do not have a mask, we will have disposable ones available as you enter.

 

PROTOCOL FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP

  • Sunday ProtocolWe will be taking the following precautions this Sunday:*We recommend wearing mask and social distancing.
    *Offering plate and loose change basket will be located at the prayer rail for tithes and donations.
    *No bulletinsPer Choir Director:
    No sitting in the choir loft Sunday.
    No choir rehearsal until further notice.
  • Online live streaming of the service will continue to be available, and we encourage worshippers to consider this as a viable option.

 

PROTOCOL FOR CHURCH OFFICE

  • The church office is open. Staff members will maintain social distancing or wear masks when needing to work in closer proximity.  Staff members who feel ill or showing any symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home.  Sanitizing wipes and hand cleaner will be available for staff to clean their work areas throughout the day.
  • Visitors are limited to 5 minutes in the office .
  • Longer appointments for church business or counseling can be made. All persons involved are to wear masks and maintain social distancing practices.

 

 

Some may say that we are erring on the side of caution, I would rephrase that to say that we are erring on the side of love.  We want to do our best to minimize the risk of infecting our fellow members whom we love.