RE-ENTRY at Wesley UMC Bloomington
ALMOST! Wesley's Re-Entry Task Force, Ad Council and Worship Staff are delighted to announce that after months of preparation, we have a Re-Entry Plan - and we're starting this month!
Get ready for a Palm Sunday/Easter worship celebration - in-person! On April 4, Wesley will worship together in-person in the east parking lot, welcoming our neighbors as we celebrate! Mark your calendars for 11:00am, grab your lawn chairs, and get ready for the joy of community as we feel the joy of resurrection!
WE WANT TO SING!
With compliance to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference instructions stating that there will be no group singing in churches during Phase-4, we also understand how important singing and live music are to the Wesley community. We have found a way to let everybody sing praise to God and hear the wonderful harmonies of our congregation and church musicians by WORSHIPING OUTSIDE! Transmission is much less risky outdoors so we will be singing outside through the month of April, and enjoy the freedom of fresh air!
Wesley’s Re-Entry Task Force has been working for months on policies and procedures to keep us safe while gathering in person.
- All participants will need to pre-register (for easy check-in) and temp/symptom-check at home before arriving.
- (Volunteers are needed; please check link below!)
- All participants will need to remain masked and social distanced.
- 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.
Parking will be available at the south end of the east parking lot (including handicap-parking), the Wesley West lot, and the lot to the south and west of the Wesley building.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORSHIP
Wesley will continue producing online worship indefinitely. During the month of April, our communications, worship and tech teams will be learning to live-record and live-stream in a way that maintains the quality of online worship, while still gathering for in-person services outside. We will have pre-recorded worship ready every week in April, so that if weather conditions, or anything else, prohibits us from gathering outdoors, we will still be able to worship at home.
We anticipate being ready to move into the sanctuary on the first Sunday of May. At this time, spoken liturgy, group singing (and wind instrumental music) is still not permitted under our Conference guidelines. There is a 100-person limit to sanctuary gatherings. Pre-registration, check-in, mask-wearing and social-distancing will be required. Children will be welcome with parents, but there will not be separate children’s programming or childcare at this time. We are committed to working within the necessary guidelines to provide a wonderful worship experience for all who attend in-person, as well as those who worship from home.
YOU CAN HELP!
We will be in need of team members to help with outside check-in as well as inside check-in. Please visit our volunteer page if you are able to help us come back together for worship as a Wesley Family! We will need all slots filled in order to go forward with these services. You may also email Pastor Sara directly with feedback and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Phase-4 state guidelines please click on the icon to the right.
Here are links for all of the information provided by Wesley including re-entry guidelines, the known infection policies, self-reporting form, and frequently asked questions. If you have questions beyond this information, please don't hesitate to call Pastor Sara during business hours at (309) 827-8046.
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.