Updated Wednesday, June 17, 2020:
The health and safety of our Asbury Family and the community continue to be of the utmost importance during this difficult and uncertain time. As we continue to be a community of faith, caring for one another and our community, our Methodist heritage calls us to first to do no harm. Out of an abundance of caution, we are actively working to put together a plan to address threats posed by COVID-19 and resume activities on Asbury’s campus in a focused, measured, and safe way for all. At this time, the Asbury United Methodist Church office and building are closed. We hope to resume in-person worship in early August, pending data trends and guidance from state and local officials.
Updates and information regarding our plan to resume activities and worship will be shared on this page.
Reopening Asbury Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Reopening Asbury United Methodist Church survey. We had more than 750 responses to our survey that was open from May 14 – May 23. To view the survey results, click the button below.
North Alabama Conference Do No Harm Guidance
Bishop Deborah Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet released guidance regarding reopening church buildings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic on May 26, 2020. The “Do No Harm” guidance includes a phased-in approach, basing reopening decisions on data in each church’s context, and consulting with local health officials. Asbury UMC will use this document to guide our plans to safely reopen our church and resume in-person worship when we can do so in a focused, measured, and safe way. To view the entire Do No Harm document, click the button below.
Asbury COVID-19 Task Force
The following church leaders will serve as the Asbury COVID-19 Task Force, charged with providing recommendations and guidance on timing, safety, and planning regarding resuming worship and activities on campus.
Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson, Senior Pastor
Rev. Robert Mercer, Pastor of Discipleship
W. David Miller, Church Coordinator
Terry Sides, Church Council Chairperson
Lee Benson, Trustees Committee Chairperson
Frank O’Neil, Finance Committee Chairperson
Melanie Nichols, Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chairperson
Lee Ann Daniels, Lay Leader
Jim Griffin, Security Team Leader
Angie Gongwer, Director of Family Ministries
Carolyn Ealy, Director of CASA
Nancy Beard, Director of Music Ministry
If you have questions regarding the Asbury COVID-19 Task Force, email David Miller, Church Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
With the vast amount of information and sources regarding COVID-19 available online, Asbury will be considering data and information from the following sources:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- State of Alabama COVID-19 Data Hub
- Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)
- Alabama COVID-19 Case Tracking (bamatracker.com)
How Can I Help?
We as a community of faith have the important job of caring for one another when things are difficult. While we may not be physically together right now, we will continue to be the church God has called us to be. We know each family has unique needs during this time and we are here to help. Click here to let us know how we can help serve your family or others you may know about during this time. Click here if you are able to help those in our community by delivering groceries/medication, offering childcare, or providing prayer.
We encourage you to continue to be in prayer for those affected by this illness and those treating them, for those in the community impacted by closures and reduced services, and the broader community as we face new challenges and situations each day. We also encourage you to continue supporting Asbury’s missions and ministries during this time by giving online at asburyonline.org/give or mailing in your tithes and offerings.
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