Reopening Plan

ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF MIFFLINTOWN

RETURN TO BUILDING PLAN
OCTOBER 13, 2020

For the purpose of returning to in-person gatherings in our building as colder weather approaches while keeping our church family and staff safe.


It is our intent to open our building immediately for the purpose of conducting meetings of less than 20 people.


It is our intent to open our building for worship service(s) on October 25, 2020, limiting the two rooms that we will open to 25 people or less per room.


The following will be communicated to our congregants, our staff and any group requesting use of the building.

  1. Everyone over the age of 5 who is medically able to wear a mask must do so.

  2. Members and visitors will be required to ENTER through the front doors of the church facing Third Street. This is a handicap accessible entrance.

  3. Members and visitors will be required to use their own writing instrument to sign in upon entering the church through the front doors. Sign out will be at the exit door.

  4. There will be two rooms open to the public; both are accessible through the front door

    1. The sanctuary

    2. The Chapel Room off the sanctuary (not handicap accessible)

  5. There will be one restroom open to the public; the handicap accessible gender-neutral restroom in the vestibule. Cleaning supplies will be available in that restroom and those who use it will be required to use them to wipe all fixtures, including light switches, as they are leaving that room

  6. There will be no hymnals, writing utensils, and sadly, no Bibles in the two rooms that are accessible.

  7. There will be no toys available to the children or children at heart; quiet activities can be brought from home but should not be shared outside your household/family group

  8. There will be no staffed nursery or child care available. Families are encouraged to sit in the same pew and we will all have the opportunity to practice patience and tolerance for those who don’t have as much practice and experience “sitting still and being quiet”

  9. We will have limited seating available. Barriers should not be removed.

  10. Meeting attendees will be responsible for wiping down surfaces after use. Groups outside the church who use our facility will be required to do the same. Materials will be provided in designated areas.

  11. There will be music during the service, but singing is discouraged

  12. Prayers will not be prayed aloud in unison

  13. There will not be communion offered during in-person worship services

  14. There will not be bulletins or announcements distributed in the church

  15. There will be a container at the front of the church in which tithes and offerings can be deposited as we exit the church.

  16. ALL must exit through the door to the right of the pulpit (formerly known as the acolyte room). You will sign out, using your own writing utensil. We will have a ramp at that step to ensure that the exit is also handicap accessible. This exit leads directly into the parking lot along Orange Street.

Our church family will be encouraged to worship from home via Zoom if they aren’t feeling well or don’t feel safe joining us in the building.

All attendees will be instructed to call the church office at 717-436-6750 or Pastor Mindy at 717-513-7194 immediately upon developing symptoms or being diagnosed as COVID-19 positive within 14 days of a visit to our building. HIPPA laws prevent us from sharing specific names with others, so we will not share names, but will notify everyone who was in the building with an infected person of the potential risk. Our District Superintendent will
determine if our building must close for two weeks upon notice of a positive test result.

 

We will continue to make disciples for the transformation of the world, despite our circumstances.

© 2020 by Aldersgate United Methodist Church

109 N. Third Street, Mifflintown, PA 17059                                                     aumcmifflintown@gmail.com                                                    717.436.6750

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