Updated November 24, 2020
When the original Methodist societies began to meet back in the 1700’s they had no buildings and no COVID-19. But they did have three simple rules to live by. Today, as we try to faithfully respond to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we seek to balance the challenge of those three simple rules expressed today as:
1) Do no harm.
2) Do good.
3) Stay in love with God.
To do so, we pattern our response based on the guidelines issued by the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, our insurance company and the MN Department of Health. As each church situation is unique–and as the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing–we will adapt as needed to protect our community and carry out our mission for Christ. Below are some specifics as they relate to Resurrection UMC.
- No in-person worship will take place in the sanctuary to help minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Our Sunday worship services are available online live at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m., and via our YouTube channel afterwards.
- All persons age 5+ are required to wear face masks in the building.
- The church building will remain open during the week. AA and other support groups can continue to meet. Other necessary activities, i.e. office work, the recording of the worship services, etc. will proceed.
- In-person Christmas Eve services are not cancelled at this time. We will make that call mid-December.
- Worship, rezYOUTH and rezKIDS will be online until Christmas.
- Compass is taking a pause for December.
- All committees will be encouraged to move back to online meetings via Zoom, etc. if possible.
As of November 29th, 2020, no in-person worship will take place in the sanctuary to help minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Our Sunday worship services are available online live at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m., and via our YouTube channel afterwards.
As noted previously, all of these responses are subject to change depending on the situation and as more information on best practices becomes available. However, Resurrection Church promises to do its best to do no harm, do good and stay in love with God. May the One who doesn’t change – the eternal God of all creation – bless us and keep us.