Keystone UMC In-Person Worship Relaunch

Phase 1 - Date TBD

The novel coronavirus presents a new, unique threat to the health and safety of the
congregation of Keystone United Methodist Church. Our mission is grounded in the great
commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and
with all your strength… You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31). This means
we love God, love ourselves, and love our neighbors. Jesus put an emphasis on physical
health, healing people wherever he went. Therefore, we value healing and wholeness for all
people. Jesus paid special attention to the marginalized and the vulnerable. We must hold to
practices that prioritize the most vulnerable, in this case, those over age 65 and those with
underlying health conditions.


Returning to in-person worship will require a gradual, phased process. The Re-Launch
Taskforce is hard at work to develop the most appropriate stages of return which will allow us to
gather again while maintaining a conservative approach to the health and safety risks
associated with COVID-19. In order to determine when Phase 1 of the plan will be
implemented, we are closely monitoring national and local expert guidance as well as tracking
the number of new cases in our area. We will further communicate with the congregation
as soon as we believe it is safe to begin worshiping together in-person.
 

Keystone UMC will continue to live-stream Sunday morning worship services on Facebook Live
and YouTube, even after we have returned to regular service. Additionally, the church is
committed to help provide streaming capabilities to those without computers.
 

The church office will remain closed until further notice. Contributions can be made online,
through your local bank, or mailed to the church office.

Who Should Attend In-Person Worship Services?
1. People who are healthy, with no recent contact with infected persons nor exhibiting symptoms
2. Clergy, worship team leaders, and worship volunteers
3. People who cannot attend online
4. People who feel it is the right time for their family.
5. Those who can wear a mask throughout the entire time on church campus (1-1.5 hours).

 

Who Should Stay Home?
We encourage anyone in an at-risk population to NOT attend in-person worship services. This
includes the elderly and those who have underlying health conditions such as:
1. A compromised immune system
2. High blood pressure
3. Chronic lung disease
4. Heart disease
5. Diabetes
6. Chronic kidney disease
7. Severe obesity
8. Any other significant health concerns

 

Entrance to in-person worship services will be DENIED to those who:

1. Refuse to wear a mask or obey posted signage or instructions
2. Experience symptoms of any contagious disease:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Severe muscle ache

  • Fatigue

  • Diarrhea

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Have been exposed to COVID-19

  • Have had a fever in the past 24 hours.

 

Instructions for Attending Worship
1. In Phase 1 of the re-launch, we will have one service at 11:00 a.m.
2. All worshipers attending in-person services must:

  • Pre-register attendance through the church office. Registration instructions will be shared with the congregation when we announce a re-launch date.

  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to start of service to complete the screen process. Due to live-streaming of the service, Sanctuary doors will close at 10:55 a.m. Anyone arriving after 10:55 a.m. will be directed to the Fellowship Hall.

  • An usher will direct you to your pew in order to ensure worshipers maintain 6 feet social distance.

  • Wear a mask covering mouth and nose at all times. Worshipers are asked to bring their own mask.

  • Use the hand sanitizer provided before entering the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall.

  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing from anyone not in their family unit.

  • Follow all signage and instructions

3. Only the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall buildings will be open. All other rooms will be closed.
4. All children’s ministry activities (Nursery and Jr. Church) will be suspended until further notice. Children will remain in pews during Children’s Chat.
5. Restrooms will have limited availability. Please use restrooms only if absolutely necessary.
6. We will refrain from congregational singing because singing is a particularly potent means of
communicating COVID-19. Worship musicians will maintain a 12 foot social distance.
7. Worshipers will remain seated until their row is dismissed by the usher.

Facility Preparations
1. All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized prior to and after worship services.
2. Worship spaces will have a designated volunteer who will be solely responsible for opening and
closing all doors.
3. Hand sanitizer has been made available at entrances.
4. Designated seating areas have been defined to ensure worshipers maintain 6 foot social
distance. Family units will be seated together in such a way as to maintain a 6 foot social
distance from others.
5. All individual items have been removed from pews, including hymnals, Bibles, pens, and paper.
6. Nothing will be passed from from church member to church member, including bulletins,
Connect Cards, and offering plates. Offerings will be placed in a basket upon entering the
Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall.
7. A “traffic flow” pattern has been developed for entering and exiting.