July 29, 2021
Dear St. Matthews UMC Family & Friends,
We want you to know that our COVID Reentry team is aware of the new guidelines announced by the CDC, and we are paying close attention to COVID cases in our community, as well as guidance from government, health, and Annual Conference officials.
Yesterday, The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church released new guidelines recommending that “all local churches practice universal indoor masking regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. This includes worship, meetings, children/youth activities, etc.” While masks are not required at this time, we encourage you to follow current recommendations to protect your own health and the health of those around you, especially those who are vulnerable and our children. Starting this Sunday, we will also resume having optional, socially-distanced seating areas for those who would like to use them and our staff will wear masks when they are interacting with the congregation.
With regard to children’s ministry, we have never stopped requiring masks in our children’s ministry and for those working with children and will continue to do so. Children in our nursery ministry (3 and under) are not required to wear a mask because they are considered a suffocation risk. We are committed to the health and safety of our children.
Our Reentry Team will be meeting on Monday, August 2nd, and we will do our best to provide timely, church-wide communication through email, Facebook, and our websites with any changes to our policies. Please be in prayer for our church, our community, those impacted by COVID, and those who are caring for them during this resurgence.
Rev. Adam Sparks and the members of the COVID-19 Reentry Team