105 Franklin St, South Hill, Virginia
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office@southhillumc.org

In Person Worship

In Person Worship

Together in person again!

We have begun meeting in person for both our 8:45am and 11:00am Sunday worship services. Bishop Lewis, under the advisement of a specialized consultation team, has determined that we are still operating under stage 2 guidelines for our churches until the case numbers improve further.

Be aware that there are specific requirements for worship in order to protect everyone.

  • Required—Individuals must do a pre-attendance temperature check (temperature must be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit—means no fever). If you have a fever or you are sick without a fever, stay home.
  • Required—Review your own health using the Health Acknowledgment Form before attending an in-person worship service. We have developed a fillable Health Acknowledgement Form that anyone can complete online on the Conference website (link below). After it is completed, the form goes directly to your local clergy. Alternatively, at the bottom of this article is a link to a poster that outlines the 4 questions necessary. You can certify these verbally in person at the door with an usher.
    • No clergy, member, guest, or volunteer will be allowed to attend an in-person service if:
      • He/she has two or more symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
      • He/she came in contact with anyone else with COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days; or
      • He/she has symptoms of COVID-19 and he/she is waiting for the results of a test (if such test is job required, discuss with the pastor ahead of attending) or is waiting for the symptoms to subside to the point of being recovered; or
      • He/she tested positive for COVID-19 and is still suffering from COVID-19.
  • Required—Everyone must wear a face covering at all times when attending a service on church property. The church will not provide face coverings. Bandanas work just fine. The nose and mouth must be covered at all times from the time that you exit your vehicle to the time you reenter it. We will have hand sanitizer available.
    • If a person is not able to wear a face covering, the person cannot attend an in-person service in this stage or any stage where a face covering is required. If a person has breathing difficulties and cannot wear a face covering, the person cannot attend an in-person service or any stage where a face covering is required.
  • Required—Comply with and enforce strict physical social distancing (stay 6 feet or more away from others) protocol at all times. Seating in the building will be 6 feet apart from those that are not immediate family members that have been together in one location since March 12, 2020.
    • Families with children in attendance at a worship service should sit near the exits during the in-person service in case the child removes the face covering and will not put it back on. This allows a parent or guardian to remove the child from the service, if necessary. The child and parent/guardian that leave the service cannot come back in the service once they leave over a face covering issue. The service should not have to end if a child has issues keeping the face covering on his/her face.
  • While available, there is limited access to church facilities, including restrooms.
  • Entrance and exit will be ONLY through the doors
    • facing the parking lot for the 8:45 service and
    • facing Mecklenburg Ave for the 11:00 service.
  • We will have music, but singing is restricted because of the increased risk of droplets and spread even with face covering, so we will hum along and participate in the music in other ways.
  • Offering is encouraged on-line, but will be accepted
    • in a box on the altar rail at 8:45 and
    • in plates located in the narthex at 11:00.

Enforcement of rules, requirements, and protocols is for everyone. The safety of everyone is of utmost importance and we cannot, out of love, allow anyone to endanger the safety of our members, guests, and the community.

These may sound harsh and unforgiving, which seems opposite of the nature of the church, but these requirements are necessary to protect everyone in attendance, and their family members who are not. Our Wesleyan heritage tells us to “Do Good, Do No Harm, and Stay in love with God.” We are trying our best to do no harm. We do not want anyone to become ill while worshipping!

Health Form Health Questions

Contact us if you have any further questions or need clarification.

2 Responses

  1. Betty Young says:

    Is there an in person at 8:45 planned for Sunday, July 12th?

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