Phase I Return to In-Person Ministries
Caring for the health and safety of our congregation and community is essential to our mission as disciples of Christ. As we enter Phase 1 of the COVID-19 recovery process, we are moving carefully toward in-person ministries by following the guidance of our state and local health officials and the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. This guidance allows for a limited reopening of our facilities with special attention to protecting the health of people especially vulnerable to the virus. We are excited to return to face-to-face gatherings but are remaining vigilant about ongoing concerns. This is our current plan for Phase I:
While it may be safer for some people to return to larger gatherings, those age 65+ and those with pre-existing health conditions have been cautioned not to attend services in person; therefore, we will continue to provide pastoral messages, guided prayers, music offerings, and other forms of worship through our website and other electronic means. These will remain our primary means of worship during Phase I of the OpenSafely plan provided by the Louisiana Department of Health and the Office of the Fire Marshal.
New In-Person Prayer Services Added
Beginning Sunday, June 7, we will offer smaller Services of Morning Prayer. Although online worship will remain primary, we will open the Sanctuary for those who are able to attend safely. These Sunday-morning prayer services will be led by members of the Spiritwind and Sanctuary worship teams and will serve to supplement the online message and prayers. They will also be available through the website for those worshipping from their homes. We will be limited in the number of people who can attend and will follow the detailed recommendations from our state health officials. we will provide further information about these prayer times at the end of May.
Children's, Youth, and Adult Sunday School classes and activities will continue online through Phase 1. Because of the difficulty of maintaining social-distancing for children and the extensive cleaning procedures in place for the entire campus, we are waiting until we can more safely resume these ministries. Adult groups may choose to meet off campus in outdoor locations, but we urge them to follow all local and state health recommendations.
In order to protect our staff members in the confined office space, our church offices will remain closed during Phase 1. Our pastors and staff are hard at work from home and are occasionally in the church when necessary. They are available by phone and email to answer any of your questions and concerns.