An Update from Sedona United Methodist Church – Reopening September 13th, 2020
Let us worship together again — Psalm 34:3 “Glorify the Lord with me: Let us exalt his name together.”
I write to you to share some wonderful news. Many of you know that we have been working for months now with our church leadership, our reopening team, the conference reopening team, our DS and Bishop in an effort to return to on-site/in-person worship. After a tremendous amount of effort and many conversations, our SUMC Admin Council and the DSW Conference has given us the go ahead to open our church for worship on next Sunday, 09/13/20. We will be a “test site” and model which will be used for the opening of other churches in our conference, so this is a very important opportunity for all of us.
We have created a comprehensive reopening “Phase 2” plan based on Conference, State, and CDC Federal guidelines that we will follow, which means that while we reopen for worship, it will look much different than before the virus. I know for many this will create challenges and we will do everything we can to ensure everyone is safe and protected from the virus while still providing a very comfortable, meaningful and fulfilling worship experience. Most importantly we will finally have the opportunity to gather together once again as community and family.
As we must limit our numbers in the beginning (50 per service), we will be asking all who plan to attend to make a reservation (required) for one of the two worship services (9:00am or 10:30am) via our website Sedonaumc.org or by calling the church office (928)282-1780 during regular office hours. We will shorten each service to around 40 minutes to allow for us to prepare and thoroughly clean and sanitize the building before and after each service. There will not be fellowship offered at this time and we have also suspended childcare and Sunday School, but the kids are welcome to attend worship with you—also don’t forget ZOOM Sunday School for Kids at 2:00PM each Sunday will continue!
This will be a learning experience for all of us, so I pray for your cooperation and grace as we all learn together. I am confident as the weeks pass, worship will become more normal and progress will be made. I know that some may not be ready to return to in-person worship, and some should not yet attend in extreme caution. I pledge along with the entire congregation to encourage, understand, and support you looking forward to the time in which you are ready and able to return. We will continue to offer a recorded worship service each Sunday for you to view from your home at your convenience.
As we prepare for next Sunday, we will be training our volunteers who will help prepare our space and who will guide us safely when we come. I would ask each of you to prepare yourselves by going on our website and familiarizing yourself with our “Requirements/Guidelines for a Safe Worship Environment”.
We will continue communicating more information throughout the coming weeks with updates and answering questions as they arise. Again, I am asking for your patience, grace, and prayers as we enter these unchartered waters together.
Our church office REMAINS CLOSED — Please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (928)282-1780.
More than anything I want to give God all the glory for this opportunity to reopen our church and welcome all of you and our community back in—It’s been a long hard haul and with God’s leading and help we can truly return to our focus of sharing the amazing news of Jesus Christ in this community and beyond!
Grace & Peace,