Updated September 25, 2021:
First, a word of thanks for your willingness to work with Asbury as we seek to “Do No Harm” and continue to keep one another and our broader community safe during COVID. At times, it has felt like a rollercoaster of requirements and protocols, but your willingness and flexibility has been appreciated by so many. We also acknowledge many feel we have been too cautious with protocols while others have expressed concerns that we aren’t doing enough. The spectrum has been wide, and we appreciate your support as we’ve tried to find a balance that honors everyone in safe and compassionate way.
Things seem to be improving once again based on COVID-19 data trends in our area and we want to update you as Asbury looks forward to the fall. Several members of our Asbury family as well as community members have been directly impacted by COVID over the past few months. Please join us in lifting those families as well as those in the medical community up in prayer.
Beginning October 1, we will be changing some of our COVID protocols. Church leadership will continue to monitor and evaluate what changes may be necessary during this time:
- “Mask while you move” throughout the building. Once you are seated in Sunday morning worship, Bible studies, committee meetings, recreational activities, outside groups, etc., you may remove your mask. If you wish to wear your mask the entire time you are inside the building, you are welcome to do so. We are counting on everyone to “mask while you move” to help contribute to the downward trends we are seeing in our area.
- Food service inside the building may resume for ministry events. We will continue to use the outdoor tent for certain events to provide additional space and enjoy the fall weather while appropriate. If your group would like to use the outdoor tent, please contact the church office and we’d be happy to help set that up.
- Sunday Morning Coffee will return soon! Your Asbury staff is working with volunteer teams to restart coffee service as soon as we can, but we need time to get this ministry up and running again. If you are interested in helping serve Asbury through the coffee ministry, please contact Robyn White, Director of Adult Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our staff and ministry leaders are excited about the upcoming fall season and have outstanding and meaningful opportunities for spiritual development and fellowship planned. We hope you will find new ways to worship, grow and serve at Asbury United Methodist Church this fall!
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
With the vast amount of information and sources regarding COVID-19 available online, Asbury routinely monitors data and information from the following sources: