FUMC  COVID Recommendations

First United Methodist Church

Update from COVID Advisory Committee

With the continuing decline in Covid cases in Wilson County and across the state and, in conjunction
with the Governor’s recent announcement on the State’s mask policy, the Advisory Committee for the
church is changing our policy on mask for Sunday worship, Sunday School classes and Bible Study
classes. Effective February 20th, our mask policy has been revised from, “masks are strongly
recommended” to “masks are optional."

We are also revising our position on food service. Any regularly scheduled meeting involving food
service, such as Sunday Youth Group meetings and Men’s monthly prayer breakfast may resume their
normal food service. Any meeting involving fewer than twenty-five people, that is not part of a
preapproved schedule may have food service without approval from the Advisory Committee. Any
meeting involving more than twenty-five people, that is not part of the preapproved schedule, must be
submitted to the Advisory Committee for approval if food is to be served.

For the last two years, seating in Asbury Hall and in the Sanctuary has been limited to 60% capacity in order to maintain social distancing.  As of April 3rd, we will return to full capacity seating.

Beginning on Maundy Thursday, April 14, members of the congregation will have the option to come to the chancel rail to receive Holy Communion.  We will continue to use the prepackaged grape juice and wafer.

Thank you for your support and cooperation during these period as we strive to provide a safe
environment for our Church members, staff and visitors.

FUMC Wilson Advisory Committee

Minutes from the August 25 Meeting

Keep the faith! While we won’t think of everything, we serve a God who is with us now and is calling us into this new reality with hope and confidence.  Our ultimate faith is in God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3). …As we reopen our building, may we seek God’s time and not our own.  We follow a God of hope and resurrections that makes all things new.  That is where our ultimate faith abides.  We do all of this so that we might fully love our neighbors as we love ourselves! (Mark 12:31)