COVID-19 Plan 2020
As our church is now
open, it is still very important to follow Starrsville COVID-19 guidelines.
Please know we have been diligently thinking through our preparations. We have
tried to consider the entire scope of our congregation, but especially those most
affected by the virus. Thank you for helping us follow the plans laid out
Our goal here at
Starrsville UMC is to keep everyone safe while worshipping God as one
HOW HAVE WE PREPARED?
We have completed thorough cleanings of our
entire building. Special attention has been given to high touch points, such as
surfaces, light switches, doorknobs, etc. Our buildings will continue to be
cleaned each week.
2. In our Sanctuary we have removed the Hymnals, Bibles, attendance
books, writing utensils, giving envelopes, and prayer request cards. We
encourage you to bring your own Bible, writing utensils, or note sheets in the
weeks to come.
3. When you arrive on campus, you will hear announcements and ushers
encouraging you to:
a. Follow governmental and social distancing
guidelines – please try to maintain a 6ft distance at all times.
b. Patiently and orderly await being seated. Kevin
Marks will be at the front door of the sanctuary letting one family or person
in at a time and Michael Young will be there to help you find an area to sit
within social distancing guidelines.
c. Please wear face masks. If you do not own one,
Kevin Marks will provide you with one as you enter the sanctuary.
d. Abstain from physical contact, especially
hugging and shaking hands.
e. Use bathrooms only if absolutely necessary.
f. Wash hands thoroughly before and after being on
SERVICE TIMES / LOCATION
Worship starts at 11:00 a.m. in our
Sanctuary. Because seating will take some time, we would ask all our
members/visitors to try to be 10-15 minutes early so that we can start the
services on time.
2. We advise anyone who is uncomfortable coming to
in-person gatherings at this time to stay at home. We will continue
offering online, streaming services for members who cannot attend, or are not
yet comfortable doing so. We plan to offer worship on Facebook live at 11:00
a.m. You can access it by going to facebook.com/StarrsvilleUMC at 11:00 a.m. on
WHAT WILL WORSHIP LOOK
LIKE? - WORSHIP SERVICES
We will provide a service of approximately 45
minutes to an hour, focusing on preaching, congregational prayer, Scripture
reading, and special music. For now, we will abstain from congregational
singing as it greatly increases the risk of spreading COVID-19.
2. Plans are being made so that we can begin taking
communion again - starting in August.
3. There will be no printed materials during our
gatherings; for example, no bulletins, announcement sheets, prayer guides,
etc. Everything necessary for worship or communication purposes will be
communicated through other means.
4. We will continue to worship together through the
giving of physical tithes and offerings, but we will do so in drop-off boxes or
plates that will be placed in the narthex. We will continue to encourage
our newly set up online giving, www.starrsvilleumc.org. We
will not pass the offering plate during the service, but will have a time at
the end of the service to pray over our offering.
5. The Benediction and dismissal of services will occur in an orderly
fashion to try to ensure social distancing. Michael Young or another usher will
direct you out pew by pew beginning in the back until everyone is reached.
Please be patient when this time comes.
WHAT OTHER CHANGES CAN
YOU EXPECT? – AMENITIES & VOLUNTEERS
We urge all people, especially leadership &
volunteers, to self-monitor their temperature each week.
2. For the time being, we will discontinue
our morning breakfast and fellowship.
3. Touchless hand sanitizing stations will be
available in multiple locations of the church building soon, we are still
awaiting delivery and installation. However, hand sanitizer stations will be
available at multiple locations of the church until then.
4. We will strive to have greeters/ushers who can
assist our people in any way possible, while trying to maintain social
distancing and physical contact guidelines. If you would like to volunteer to
help as an usher or in any way, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us.
5. Doors will be propped open when and where
WHAT ABOUT SUNDAY
SCHOOL? – SUNDAY SCHOOL/SMALL GROUPS
For now, we will continue asking our Sunday
School classes and small groups to host online meetings, or should they desire
to meet, do so off-campus and respecting guidelines.
2. We highly encourage our teachers to continue
teaching and discipling using whatever methods are available. We will continue
to provide guidance, curriculum, further training, as is necessary. Please
reach out if you would like to start a group of your own!
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
We will not be providing any nursery, or
childcare. We still highly encourage families with young children to
attend worship as they feel comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable
joining us in person, then please join us on facebook.com/StarrsvilleUMC.