Manchester UMC: COVID-19 Response
As all of our communities seek to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Manchester United Methodist Church is committed to following best practices to care for the health of those in our community. We will follow the direction of the Michigan Governor and the guidance of the Michigan Area Bishop while striving to create a safe environment for all.
With the lifting of some limitations in the State of Michigan, as of June 10 we are allowing groups of ten or fewer participants that have previously used the church building to use Hoffer Hall and the adjacent rest rooms while following the precautions listed below. Office staff will adopt a hybrid practice, working both from at-home and in the church building, and can be contacted at any time here.
At this time, we will continue to worship using our online and at-home resources as described below. We are continuing to look to the future and will soon have more details about our plans for returning to in-person worship while maintaining our live-streaming for any who are unable to attend in-person, no matter the reason!
Online Worship & Virtual Coffee Hour
We are streaming a live worship service Sundays at 10:30am on our YouTube channel with a virtual coffee hour to follow. Each service includes familiar hymns, prayer requests, a scripture reading, and a sermon. Previously streamed worship services can be watched in their entirety here. Join our email list to receive the weekly bulletin with details and the link for virtual coffee hour.
As an alternative to our live streamed services, we are offering weekly at-home worship guides as a way to worship with those in your household. The at-home worship guides are available here on our website and are mailed to congregants with no internet access.
Groups of fewer than 10 meeting in-person to use Hoffer Hall and the adjacent restrooms are asked to adhere to the following precautions:
- Pre-screening Questions: use the questions posted in the building and on our website to determine whether or not to attend in-person
- Masks: we ask that all participants wear masks and will provide a number of cloth masks for those who arrive without one; accommodations will be made for individuals unable to wear a mask
- Physical Distancing: we ask that all participants maintain a distance of six feet from one another and will pre-set Hoffer Hall with chairs and tables at a distance of six feet
- No Food/Beverages: there will not be food or beverages provided or shared but individuals may bring their own
- Cleaning: we ask that table and chair surfaces be wiped down at the end of the gathering and will schedule meetings to allow for thorough cleaning between building use
- Contact Tracing: meetings hosts will record attendance by name to track viral transmission as necessary
Other Events, Ministries, & Details
- Our blessing box is still out and active! If you need something to eat or can donate food for others, visit the blessing box next to the parking lot entrance. (Reminder: please only leave unopened, non-perishable items that have not expired. Thank you!)
- In place of other in-person studies, Pastor Dillon is offering a weekly study on the Psalms Wednesdays at 6pm over Zoom. Join our email list to receive our weekly email with the link.
- Regularly scheduled committee meetings may be held in person with fewer than ten in attendance, over Zoom, or in a hybrid format, with details shared by email to committee members.
- Office staff are working in a hybrid format, both from home and in the building. While office hours have not yet resumed, you may contact the church office to make an appointment with Pastor Dillon or the secretary.