Re-Entry Plan

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RE-ENTRY at Wesley UMC Bloomington (updated 3-15-22)

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In-person worship continue Sundays, at 9:00am (traditional) and 11:30am (contemporary), with children’s programming (elementary-age) during the 11:30 service unless otherwise notified. Beginning March, 1st, anyone, regardless of vaccination status, is offered the option of wearing a mask while in Wesley Church. Pre-school classes are still required to mask until otherwise advised.

Online worship will continue with live stream at 9:00am and 11:30 to our website, youtube channel, Facebook page, and emailed to those on our mailing list. Special services may be streamed at different times. We will keep you updated on the home page of this website with added times and dates.

The Wesley Re-Entry Team has met to discuss Governor Pritzker’s mask mandate repeal which began February 28, 2022.  In light of consistently improving numbers (rates of infection, hospitalization and transmission going down; numbers of people vaccinated going up), we have adjusted Wesley’s COVID policy as follows:

As of March 1, 2022, wearing masks in Wesley’s buildings is now optional, but encouraged.  Persons with immune deficiencies or other comorbidities, vulnerable family members, as well as unvaccinated persons, are encouraged to continue masking, but are not required.  Mask mandates for choir members, musicians, instrumentalists, etc., is no longer required.  All persons are welcome to wear masks out of concern and care for the most vulnerable among us, and all are asked to show respect with regards to physical distance between persons.  Social distancing in worship and at other large-group events is encouraged; every other pew is recommended for sanctuary seating.

Exceptions to the above are as follows:

Persons using Wesley transportation (bus, van) are required to mask.
Volunteers and staff ministering directly to (unvaccinated e.g., ages 5 and under) children are required to mask.
Persons serving food (including Communion elements) are required to mask and glove while serving.

Other precautions:

Persons testing positive for COVID should follow CDC guidelines, isolating for 5 days.  After 5 days symptom-free persons may return to church activities.
Persons exposed to COVID should quarantine for 5 days if they are unvaccinated; vaccinated persons may skip quarantine as long as they have no symptoms.
Persons experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID should avoid entering the building and obtain a negative COVID test before returning to church.

If McLean County experiences a reversal in COVID improvement (e.g., high rates of hospitalization, transmission, positivity), mask mandates may be reinstituted.

For more information, contact Pastor Sara (sisbell@wesley-umc.com).

SAFETY PROCEDURES

Wesley’s Re-Entry Task Force has been working for months on policies and procedures to keep us safe while gathering in person.

  • (Volunteers are needed; please check link below!)
  • Pre-school aged children are required to mask while in Wesley Church until further notitified
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms in the 10 days leading up to the service, or if you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID—19 within the last 14 days before the service, we ask you to please worship from home with this link: ONLINE WORSHIP

OUTDOOR WORSHIP PARKING

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Parking will be available at the North end of the east parking lot (including handicap-parking), and the lot to the south and west of the Wesley building.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORSHIP

Wesley will continue producing online worship with our wonderful live stream, so that if anything prohibits us from you joining us in the Sanctuary or our weekly services, we hope you will join us online here.

YOU CAN HELP!

Please visit our volunteer page if you are able to help us come back together for worship as a Wesley Family! You may also email Pastor Sara directly with feedback and suggestions.

KNOWING IS GROWING! COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR WESLEY 

We are working every day to ensure we have the most up-to-date information available to you. For additional information on Restore Illinois continuing state guidelines please click on the following image.

Additional information is also available on the IGRC (Illinois Great Rivers Conference) website. Here you can learn about Phase construction as well as updated and specific guidelines for the United Methodist Churches based on the communications of Bishop Frank Beard.

In addition we are including the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) page dedicated to understanding and learning all published facts about the COVID virus.