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COVID-19 Update

March 2022

The welfare of all people is our utmost concern. Our number one priority at this time is to do all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable in our church and in our community. 

 

The Bishop of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church has created a reopening process which we are following. Our church has created a Healthy Church Team to ensure that we are following these Conference requirements as well as State guidelines. Our team reviews the possibilities frequently and we will continue to communicate plans as they unfold.

 

Currently, we worship each Sunday at 11:00am in the Sanctuary and via Zoom. All are welcome. Simply email us and request our WUMC Zoom Room Meeting ID. Childcare is not yet available, but all children are welcome in worship.

 

Please note that at this time, masks are optional for all who have been vaccinated. Anyone who feels they should remain masked is welcomed to do so. We respect that the decision to mask will remain an important choice for individuals as we move forward. 

 

The Come Back Team continues to request that anyone who has symptoms, has tested positive, or has been exposed to someone with COVID refrain from entering the building until they are no longer symptomatic and have satisfied the recommended 5-day quarantine as recommended by the CDC. 

 

One thing that will not change is our post-event cleaning practices. Since our facility is used by so many groups, all gatherings will conclude with appropriate cleaning practices.

 

We hope you'll join us soon!

Arrival

Parking is located behind the church with the lot entrance on Algoma Street. 

The Sanctuary building has several entrances:

  • Enter from the parking lot into the breezeway between the Sanctuary and the Christian Education building. Turn left and follow the hallway to the Sanctuary.

  • Enter through the main doors at the top of the steps on Algoma Street​


After entering the building, a Greeter or Usher will welcome you and answer any questions you may have. They will hand out bulletins and direct you into the Sanctuary. Seating is open.

Childcare

Toddlers playing in nursery

Childcare is offered for infants to elementary age children on Sunday mornings and at certain other church activities (see the event announcement to confirm). Two Childcare Assistants are present at all times.

When entering the church from the parking lot, turn right in the breezeway and go up 1 flight of stairs to the second floor Nursery. 

Children are brought down to the Sanctuary in time for the Children's Message. Afterwards they return to the Nursery for a snack. 

During Worship

Worship begins with announcements and a prelude to settle our hearts and minds on God. After an opening hymn and prayer, a Children's Message is given for the children, youth and young-at-heart.

Children are welcome to stay in the Sanctuary. The congregation is very tolerant of the movement and noises of infants and children. 

 

Scripture passages are read, gifts are offered, and the concerns of the church, community, and world are prayed for. See the Worship page to learn about the current sermon series. 

The service is traditional and relevant and so are the music and hymns which are typically played on organ and piano. However, other instrumental or vocal special music may involve a variety of styles. 

One of the congregation's favorite parts of the service is the Passing of the Peace. People leave their pews and greet others up and down the aisles. Visitors are particularly welcomed. 

Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month and certain special services such Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunrise, and Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion. WUMC celebrates an open table, so everyone is welcome to partake in the sacrament. You need not be a member of this or any other church. After receiving the elements, a candle may be lit in honor or memory of a loved one.

Candlelit altar with stained glass

WHat People Say

"Our church is our second family. We love WUMC!"

— Joanna Ambrose