Regular In-Person Worship services have been suspended for the time being. Our Pastors will be doing our worship services on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/cumcshelby/. Note: you do not need to have a FB page in order to watch these videos. Sermons and special services will also be available for online viewing on our Latest Sermons page.
The Re-opening Task Force is hoping to resume in-person worship on Palm/Passion Sunday, March 28 at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. This date is subject to change if Cleveland County changes to code red or if there is a significant spike in Covid-19 cases in our area. This decision is a result of much study, discussion and prayerful consideration over many months with the primary goal of providing a safe place to worship in person once again. “Do no harm” is the guiding principle Bishop Paul Leeland and the WNCC cabinet have requested we make a priority when determining re-opening CUMC for worship. Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order #195, the Bishop and cabinet released updated guidelines (https://www.wnccumc.org/newsdetail/update-to-covid-19-guidelines-for-in-person-worship-ministry-15107525), which our Re-Opening Task Force have used to make the decision.
Below are some of the plans being implemented to make worship as safe as possible out of respect for all attending. Check the newsletter each week for updates and additional information.
We encourage attendees to make registrations for each Sunday. This is so that we can be prepared to handle the size crowd and to expediate check-in at the door. Those who do not make reservations will need to sign in with name, address, phone, etc. Link for March 28th reservations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084EA9AD2FA4F85-sunday. There will be separate sign ups for each Sunday.
Based upon capacity, it is estimated we will be able to handle 125 persons safely with appropriate social distancing in the Sanctuary/Hoey Bible Class space.
Procedures for Entering and Exiting the Sanctuary
Final touches are being made on a protocol for social distancing, sanitizer, masks, taking temperatures, sign-in, offering, seating plan. These will be made available via church communications and a video that is being produced.
Boxes will be placed at the entrances for offerings.
Social distancing is expected in all areas including sidewalks. If persons wish to talk with others, they are invited to social distance in the Scruggs Center/Old Courthouse Square across the street. The intent is for safety and continued flow of people exiting the building.
Sunday School class that have been meeting may continue to do in the same fashion.
Full Sunday School for the rest of the age groups will not reopen after Easter (perhaps mid to late April) at a date to be determined.
The Re-Opening Team will work out details and set a date after assessing the return to in-person worship.
We ask for your patience in this transition. Worship will look and feel different as we continue to maintain a safe environment.
Also, we will continue to stream the service live online for those who do not wish to worship in person. Online streaming will become an ongoing ministry of our church as it has proven to be a vital outreach