March 3, 2021
To the Texas Annual Conference
Decisions about worship protocols belong to local church leadership. But I urge all United Methodists, if they attend worship in person, to mask up for the love of Christ and others. The pandemic is not over, and continued masking, social distancing, and hand washing are going to be important for several more months. Please share this video widely. This is not a political decision, but one based on science which guides of love of God and neighbor.
Grace & Peace,
Covid-19 Worship Procedures
We've learned a lot in the last 10 months about being flexible in how we worship God. Of course, our preference is always to be in-person, together, speaking, singing and welcoming each other. We will continue to offer a variety of ways to worship together, with God. We have printed texts of sermons as well as worship guides available for pickup (in a box outside our front door) or on the website on our Worship page. We will also continuing to provide video services, also available each week from our website. We will continue to provide in-person services as follows:
9:00 am indoors for individuals and families who are high risk for contracting Covid-19.
10:00 am outdoors for families of all ages but especially for children with activities & discussion.
11:00 am indoors for all ages.
Love continues to be our guiding principle, loving God with all that we are and all that we have and loving our neighbors as ourselves. We continue to use the following protocols for in-person worship:
Each individual or family group will enter through our front doors masked.
Please use the provided hand sanitizer and sit in a pew that has bulletins on the seat. We will be staggering pews and will try to maintain different pews for each service. Pews used in an earlier service will have signs asking you not to sit.
We have volunteers who clean high touch surfaces between each group.
We run air purifiers.
Offering baskets will be located in the center aisle towards the back so you may leave your offering as you enter or exit.
When the service is over, after the benediction, We ask that you stagger your exit, providing enough space between groups leaving.
Should you need to use the restroom facilities, we ask that one person at a time enter. Please follow the instructions as posted in each room, wiping down the surfaces that you touched. You will find a can of Lysol wipes on the table outside the restroom along with hand sanitizer.
In the event that someone who has been in worship, tests positive for Covid-19, we will let those who were in close contact but will keep the individual’s identity private.
If 2 or more people test positive we will return to virtual worship for 10 days. If all of our campus of HFISD close because significant community spread we will shift to virtual worship until we can review data and make determination if we need to modify our in-person worship or can return as we have been.