March 11, 2022
Dear St. Matthews UMC Family,
We are so excited to see how COVID numbers are decreasing in Jefferson County and how guidelines are changing in our community. As we shared during worship on Sunday, our COVID-19 Reentry Team approved the following changes.
Beginning Sunday, March 13:
Masks will be optional. People are still welcome to wear masks if they want or need to and they will continue to be available in our entryways. However, they are no longer strongly recommended.
Social distancing tape will be removed. The majority of our worship areas will no longer be taped off for socially distanced seating. However, optional, socially distanced areas will continue to be available.
Hospitality ministries will be back! We will begin serving coffee and refreshments again in Wesley Cafe at the Browns Lane campus and the Gathering area at the River City campus. We invite you to join us before and after services!
Beginning Sunday, March 20:
Assuming that COVID numbers continue to decline, masks will be optional for staff and the choir.
Throughout the pandemic, our children and youth ministries have followed many of the policies put in place by Jefferson County Public Schools. We are aware that these policies changed this week to mask optional. Students and families will be contacted directly by our youth and children’s ministry team to give you specific updates for youth ministry, children’s ministry, and nursery as these will be specifically tailored to each age group.
We want to thank you for your understanding and flexibility over the past two years as we have navigated the challenges of doing ministry in unprecedented circumstances. We also want to thank our COVID Reentry Team for their dedicated work to keep our congregation and our community safe, while still finding new and creative ways to continue doing ministry. We will be taking time to honor them in an upcoming worship service as they complete this phase of their work. Thank you again for your patience and support throughout this journey!
Pastor Adam, Pastor Renee, and Pastor Maikel