On Monday, May 17th the Bishop released Manito UMC to operate under Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery.
How does this affect Manito UMC’s worship, gatherings and facility users?
Church office will be open Monday-Thursday between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The exterior doors will remain locked, so visitors will need to call the church office to gain entrance to the building during office hours.
Sunday Morning Worship:
The Spiritual Administrative Team (SALT) has been working hard to develop a safe reopening plan that meets the guidelines required by the region’s new framework, as well as those laid out by the CDC and Washington state’s “Religious and Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements.” Manito UMC will return to in-person worship on Sunday, July 4th.
Manito UMC will continue to provide an online worship service each Sunday. The link to each week’s service will be sent out via email and posted on the church’s Facebook page. Members worshipping from home are invited to “tune in” on Sunday mornings at 10:45am.
Previous sermons can be found on the Manito UMC YouTube channel. To access the YouTube page click on the "ONLINE WORSHIP" link.
What will our return to in-person worship look like for the summer?
We are asking attendees to pre-register for the weekly services they will be attending. You can complete your registration online with our RSVP system (https://rsvp.church/r/cX2fyCHW ) or by calling the church office. If you forget to register you can still attend the service, but greeters at the door will need to gather your contact information for contact tracing purposes.
At this time Manito can only host a total of 50 people in the sanctuary for worship. Because of this, we will be setting up a secondary service location in the Fellowship Hall to manage any overflow that may occur.
Attendees are asked to perform a wellness check at home before coming to a service. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F should not attend the service. Additionally, any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever above 100.4°F) should stay home instead of attending service.
During the first months of our return to in-person worship we will be watching the pre-recorded service together on projector screens in the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. We will be doing service this way for a few reasons:
It allows us to include music with vocals
It continues to provides an at-home worship option for those unable to join us in person
Manito is undergoing some staff changes and this will help reduce the work load of myself and our office staff
Masks will be required as well as physical distancing between households.
There will be no live singing or communion.
No child care will be offered.
Following service, a time of fellowship will be hosted outside on the church lawn.
Ministry Events & Gatherings:
Sunday School - is meeting in person and on Zoom at 9am on Sunday mornings
Fellowship Hour - is meeting on the church lawn following the conclusion of our 10:45am Sunday Morning Worship Service
Children's Ministry - programming is on hold
Youth Ministry - is meeting, please contact the office for more information
Men's Group - is meeting on Zoom at 6:45am on Tuesdays
Choir - programming is currently meeting on Zoom and YouTube
M&M Tots - will begin programming September 6th, 2021
Manito UMC is currently in Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery.
What does this mean for our facility user groups?
Groups of 50 or less 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.
Please note: all group members returning to the building must wear a mask or face covering while in the building and practice physical/social distancing (at least 6 feet apart from others at all times).
Manito UMC is committed to serving its community and facility users to the best of its ability. We will continue to communicate with you each time the church enters a new phase. We appreciate your patience in these unprecedented times.