AUMC continues to follow CDC guidelines and our building policy adjusts as necessary. Masks are optional to wear into our building as long as Atchison County remains below the “high risk” level for hospitalizations with viruses. As Wesleyans we do our best to “do no harm” therefore we ask that you refrain from attending in person worship and events if you have a cough, fever, or are not feeling well. Our worship is livestreamed on Facebook.
Our virus mitigations includes portable Medifyair filtration in the sanctuary, fellowship hall, classroom and meeting rooms. Attendance is taken, at every gathering, including Sunday worship when greeters will also ask for phone and address in case there is a need for contact tracing. Hand sanitizer stations are at every entrances and in the ends of each pew seat. Offering plate can be found just outside the sanctuary entrance as you come and go instead of passing a common plate around pews. Tithe.ly.com is our online giving. We encourage giving people space in common meeting areas and distance between households including entering and exiting sanctuary and coming forward for Communion. Communion servers wear masks. Our coffee fellowship time uses disposable cups.
Despite the fact that our own lives and the life of our church has become a bit more complicated, our mission to love God and love others remains simply stated. Methodist movement founder, John Wesley, narrowed it down to three simple rules, “Do No Harm, Do all the Good you Can, and Love God.” Our church leadership continues in solidarity in operating with care and caution for the most vulnerable among us. We are evolving as a post pandemic church.