St. John’s Family:
We are excited to announce that St. John’s UMC will resume in-person services on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at a new temporary time, 11:00 a.m.
Given the seriousness of the on-going COVID pandemic, this has been a difficult decision to make. However, based on current CDC guidelines and a great deal of knowledge and experience gained over the past 11 months, we are confident that we have developed appropriate protocols for in-person services that will mitigate risk to individuals as much as possible. Additionally, by selecting a date that is approximately one month away, we hope that many of our most vulnerable individuals will be able to receive both doses of the available vaccines.
The temporary change in worship time, from 10:30am to 11:00am, provides a few extra minutes for travel in between the Sunday School hour which is still virtual and the in-person worship hour. When St. John’s resumes in-person Sunday School classes, the temporary 11:00am worship time will be changed back to the regular time of 10:30am.
We are happy to offer this temporary accommodation and hope that it will make it easier for all members who are ready to resume in-person worship to attend. COVID-19 protocols, including facial masks and social distancing, will be in place for in-person worship.
For all who will be waiting a little longer before returning to in-person worship, the worship service will continue to be livestreamed, also at the new, temporary time of 11am. Whether online or in-person, we give thanks for the opportunity to worship together.
Our reopening work group will be meeting later in February to consider further recommendations for the safe resumption of ministries at St. John’s.