RE-ENTRY at Wesley UMC Bloomington (updated 7-30-21)
Currently we are in Phase-5 of the Illinois Covid Safety Alert. We have recently been informed that the Covid protection status has changed. Due to these changes in infection rates, per the CDC's recommendations, regardless of vaccination status we will be recommending masks while in the public areas of the church.
At Wesley United Methodist Church Bloomington, we will be asking that masks be worn while in public areas beginning August 8th. Thank you for your understanding and care!
Worship will continue outdoors at 9:00am on the first Sunday of each month through September to take advantage of the fresh air and the opportunity to welcome and witness to our neighborhood. Worshipers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen/hat, water, and other shade. Water bottles will be provided, and a food truck will be available (for purchase) after worship for those who want to continue fellowship and conversation after the service.
Worship will continue indoors on the other Sundays, at 9:00am (traditional) and 11:30am (contemporary), with children’s programming (elementary-age) during the 11:30 service. Any person under 12yrs will be required to wear a protective mask at all times. Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be asked to wear a protective mask while in the public indoor areas of the church beginning August 8th.
Online worship will continue indefinitely, posted at 9:00am to our website, youtube channel, Facebook page, and emailed to those on our mailing list.
All worship services will include singing, and outdoor services include Holy Communion.
As of August 30th, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Governor announced a state-wide mandate beginning on Monday Aug. 30, that all people wear face masks while with non-household members in public indoor spaces. Outdoor events and gatherings should be socially distanced and masks are recommended for those with suppressed immune systems or those who cannot be vaccinated. On Aug. 24, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference extended cabinet, district superintendents, and Bishop discussed and released the following statement:
"As much as we’d like it be otherwise, COVID-19 is still a danger to our congregations and communities. As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, Christians are called to model the highest standards of care for others, especially those who are at higher risk of becoming sick. At this time, we strongly recommend that all IGRC pastors convene a meeting of their local church leaders to review and update their COVID-19 health safety practices as soon as possible".
Pre-Registration is not currently required (though we do appreciate your willingness to register your attendance once you have arrived). Please consider the health of others as you plan to attend public worship; if you are not well, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please worship with us online.
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!)
- All participants (vaccinated or not vaccinated) will need to remain masked and social distanced while in public areas.
- 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
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 indefinitely. Our communications, worship and tech teams are currently refining our system to live-record and live-stream in a way that maintains the quality of online worship, while gathering for in-person services. We will have pre-recorded worship ready every Sunday at 9:00am, so that if anything prohibits us from you joining us in the Sanctuary or our monthly outdoor service, we will still be able to worship at home.
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.