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We have all missed worshiping together in our Sanctuary and we are excited to see one another in person again! The Re-Opening Team continues to guide us in our plans to re-open the Church building, following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control, as well as local and state guidelines. We also know that we have a wide variety of comfort levels within our community, as well as children, youth, and adults who have not yet been able to be vaccinated. As Jesus calls us to care for “the least of these,” we invite all to act out of compassion and love, even when we do not agree.

While we feel we have a good plan, we continue to encourage those who are at risk and/or not comfortable yet with large gatherings to please feel free to stay home and worship with us online at 11 a.m. We continue to keep an eye on the epidemic numbers in our area and revisit/update our plans as needed.

Current Guidelines (as of July 20, 2021)

  • No reservations are required for worship, and people can sit where they wish.

  • Coffee, tea, and water are available in the Foyer.
  • If you are vaccinated, masks are not required anywhere in the building. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you continue to wear your mask. Please read below for important information about this*

  • All ribbons have been removed from the two center sections on the floor. If you choose to sit in these sections, you can sit anywhere you like.

  • The far north section on the floor and balcony (when facing chancel, on the far left) will continue to provide safe space for those who wish to remain distanced AND wear masks. Masks are required for everyone in this section.

  • The far south section (when facing chancel, on the far right) and the rest of the balcony will remain marked for six-foot distancing, but masks are not required.

  • Hymnals and Bibles have returned to the pews.  For those who do not wish to touch them, hymns (with music) can be found on the FUMC Hurst church app under Connect>Weekend Worship>I’m Here>This Week’s Hymns.
  • Adult Sunday School now meeting in the building. Adult Sunday School classes can decide for themselves whether they want to be in-person, remain online, or a hybrid of both. Several classes were displaced due to the flooding. Stop by the Welcome Center if you need to know their new, temporary locations.

  • Nursery for children three and under is currently available on Sunday mornings. All nursery workers continue to wear masks and follow special protocols to keep our youngest children safe.

  • Worship kits are available for children each week. These worship kits are to be taken home and are not reused.

  • Sunday school for children and youth has resumed. Look for details from the respective ministry leaders.

  • Children's Chapel will not meet for the immediate future, but we are working toward that.

  • 11 a.m. online worship continues for those who do not yet feel comfortable in a crowd.

  • All other small groups, classes, and meetings are now able to schedule space in the building throughout the week. Some spaces are still not available. Call the church office to make arrangements. Childcare may or may not be available for the next few weeks.

    * We know there is a wide variety of comfort-levels with regards to these current guidelines and we are working hard to not only create space, but also act with compassion and caring for those who may be following different practices. We know children under the age of 12, as well as others with certain health conditions cannot yet be vaccinated and we want to create as welcoming and caring space as we are able. EVERYONE is encouraged to bring a mask and keep it in their pocket/purse in order to practice “mask matching.” If you are not wearing a mask and find yourself in close proximity with folks who are, the kind thing to do is to put yours on as well (or at least ask if they would like you to) to help them feel comfortable and loved.

Please Report

If you or anyone in your household exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending a worship service, contact Rev. Holly Dittrich, Executive Pastor at  , or Lori Friend, Business Manager at   so that we can follow appropriate notification procedures. Your name will remain confidential.

Again, we know none of this is ideal, but it also is not forever – just for now!  Regardless, God will be worshiped!