Dear Church Family,  

Like so many other churches and public institutions around the country, the Asbury staff has been closely monitoring the recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and working to make your health and safety our number one priority. As a result, Asbury will be implementing the following measures: 

  • On top of the nightly cleaning that is provided by our janitorial company, staff will be sanitizing all highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as door handles, tables, water fountains, check-in stations, and sinks.  
  • Our staff and volunteers will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. Our Coffee Team will wear gloves when they prepare and set up coffee stations on Sunday mornings.  
  • We will provide additional hand sanitizer stations around the building.  
  • We will be taking extra care in our children’s areas to ensure rooms and surfaces are cleaned before and after each service.
  • We will also suspend Holy Communion during Holy Week, resuming in May.

In addition, we need your help taking precautions to keep yourself and others safe, as recommended by The Alabama Department of Health and the CDC

  • Stay home when you are sick; 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing or blowing your nose, or sneezing;  
  • We ask that anyone returning from a high-alert area consider staying home from activities and worship. Remember: you can access Traditions sermons online by Monday afternoon each week at asburyonline.org/sermons.

At this point in time, Asbury United Methodist Church will remain open and we will continue to have services on Sundays, midweek programming, and special events like this weekend’s One-Hit Wonders Dinner Theater.

We will evaluate each event individually to determine what, if any, modifications should be made based on recommendations from The Alabama Department of Health and CDC. In the event that local and state health officials do recommend closure, or we determine it is in the best interest of our Asbury family to close, we will inform you to the best of our abilities through our website, text, email, FacebookInstagramTwitter

The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet, we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers, and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of the virus.

In Psalm 46, we are reminded that God is our refuge and strength and our ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

In Christ,

Kip Laxson,
Senior Pastor

Thursday, March 12: Coronavirus Update