Singing at In-Person Worship Restored
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VAUMC COVID-19 protocols regarding singing, masks and social distancing are rapidly evolving. The latest update is that if vaccinated, you may sing without a mask, otherwise, please wear your mask. Watch Greenwood’s Facebook page or come back to this website for updates as we get them.
Pastor Josette Writes:
Now that we are in Stage 3 of the Virginia Annual United Methodist Conference (VAUMC) COVID-19 Protocols, Pastors are being given the authority to make decisions based on their individual congregations. This will allow the Greenwood-Laurel Park Charge to relax some of its in-person indoor worship and meeting restrictions. It has been a long pandemic year for everyone and we are glad we can return to some normalcy at our churches.
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis announced a shift in the way the VAUMC will address the current pandemic. On May 1, a new Post-COVID Re-entry Group (PRG) took over the duties of the COVID work groups (Back to In-Person Worship and Mission & Ministry). The PRG, led by the Rev. Seungsoo ‘RJ’ Jun will provide guidance and technical assistance to our churches’ post-COVID moving forward.
While many members of the Greenwood-Laurel Park Charge have been fully-vaccinated, we still have members and visitors who either are not fully vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated. So we want to be sensitive to everyone’s needs and continue to create an environment where everyone is welcome and feels safe.
With this being said, anyone attending services or meetings or events at our churches who have been fully vaccinated are welcome to be indoors without a mask as long as they continue to practice social distancing. Those who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask to keep themselves safe from contracting COVID-19 and any variants out there. Additionally, we will operate on an honor code system and continue to take temperatures over the summer and use hand sanitizer entering and exiting. Everyone can participate in congregational speaking and singing masked or unmasked if fully vaccinated.
Thank you everyone for your patience and continued prayers. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! I am praying everyone will consider returning to in-person worship services. We miss you! Peace and blessing to all.
In conjunction with resuming in person worship, Greenwood UMC continues to enjoy virtual worship together at 11 a.m. EDT:
on Zoom (click here) or dial in on 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 829 5710 1589, Password: 929829
Be sure to mute your phone, especially during the music
Since expenses still go on despite COVID-19, members are urged to mail their regular weekly offerings to their respective church offices or use use the new Cash App. Greenwood’s tag is $GUMCVA.
We urge everyone to pray for those infected or exposed and for the medical and public health people dealing with this pandemic.