How does COVID-19 affect Manito UMC’s worship, gatherings, and facility users?
The church office will be open during office hours (Monday-Thursday between 10:00am and 2:00pm). Masks are still required when entering the church office suite.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP:
The Spiritual Administrative Leadership Team (SALT) has been working hard to develop a safe reopening plan that takes into account the guidelines set by the Greater Northwest Conference, the CDC, Washington states requirements, the current COVID-19 statistics, and the vaccination rate of our own worshipping community.
We will continue to offer two different ways to worship with Manito UMC each week. You can come on Sundays at 10:45am and join us in the Sanctuary for a masked in-person worship service, or continue to worship with us from home online. Members worshipping from home are invited to “tune in” on Sunday mornings at 10:45am on our YouTube Page. You can find our Sunday morning Services by clicking HERE. Previous sermons can be found on the Manito UMC YouTube channel. To access the YouTube page click on the "ONLINE WORSHIP" link.
As always, we encourage everyone to carefully consider their own risk level, vaccination/booster status, and comfort level when determining which option for worship they will participate in and trust that each individual and family will choose the worshipping opportunity that is best for them at this time.
What will our return to in-person worship look like?
The following changes to our protocols for indoor in-person worship gatherings will go into effect beginning Sunday, March 20th:
Masks – will remain mandatory for any person attending in-person worship in our building. In addition, masks will remain mandatory in the church office.
RSVPing – Is no longer required to attend worship. Instead, we are asking individuals sign-in on the friendship pads located in their pews so that we have their contact information should a need for contact tracing arise.
Distancing – Attendees will still be asked to maintain distancing between households in the Sanctuary.
Singing – Masked congregational singing will be allowed, but we ask that members try not to sing at full force as singing is still considered a high-risk activity. The sanctuary windows may be cracked during worship to increase ventilation so please keep your jackets and sweaters nearby.
Communion – Will be served on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Childcare – Will not be offered at this time, but busy bags will be available for any children attending service and the cry room off the sanctuary will remain open to parents of small children.
Fellowship – Following the conclusion of service members are invited to mingle outside the front door of the church building on 33rd Avenue for a time of fellowship. Masking will not be required out of doors.
Choir – Rehearsals will return in the coming weeks.
SUNDAY SCHOOL/ SMALL GROUPS/ BIBLE STUDIES: Will not be required to mask so long as their gatherings include no singing. Each group should consider the needs of those participating in it and have a conversation regarding what precautions are needed for their group.
PLEASE REMEMBER: If you are having symptoms of Covid-19 or other illnesses you should remain home and get tested for Covid-19 before returning. If you test positive for Covid-19 you should follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation. Masks should still be worn in the church building if you have potential exposure to someone who is ill, but are not yourself showing symptoms, or are past your self-isolation but within 10 days of a COVID-19 diagnosis
FACILITY USER GROUPS
Starting Saturday, March 12th masks will no longer be required for facility user groups except in the Church Office Suite. If you need to stop by the church office please be prepared to put on a mask before you enter the suite.
Please note: All Facility User Groups are expected to continue following the health and safety guidelines that have been set out by each group’s governing or overseeing body.
Groups may meet in our facility if:
The group leader has signed and returned the “MANITO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT ADDENDUM,” thereby agreeing to follow the guidelines and requirements for facility use under each phase of our reopening.
The group has contacted the church office and spoken with Pam Patrick (Mon-Wed 10am-2pm, email@example.com) to confirm the details of their return.