COVID-19 Updates

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines:
Updated January 6, 2022

Dear St. Paul’s Members and Friends,

This week we were informed that a COVID-19 positive individual entered worship on January 2nd.  While this person did not enter the sanctuary, did not stay in the church building for long, and had recently tested negative, the individual has since entered the hospital and had a positive COVID test. 

This episode also reminds us of Marion County’s dramatic rise in both COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations during the last week of 2021.  Due to holiday travels and gatherings, this is likely the beginning of a trend upward.  Out of an abundance of caution, love for one another, and with the high transmissibility rate of the Omicron and Delta variants in mind, we must regrettably require individuals to wear masks at indoor gatherings such as worship until the situation in our community improves.  This is especially important on Sunday mornings since there are many immuno-compromised and vulnerable people in the congregation. 

As usual, please worship online if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, or think you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  Hopefully this will be a short upward trend in cases and we can get back to worshiping without a mask requirement soon.  Please continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19, especially those in the hospital.  Thank you for understanding.

Peace and Joy,

Robert H. McLean

Board of Trustees Chairperson

Rev. Robert Roseberry

Pastor, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Ocala, FL

Updated Covid-19 Guidelines for St. Paul’s UMC, Ocala
From the Trustees Committee


Based on the current status of Covid-19 infections in Marion County and the Current CDC Guidelines,

recommendations for St. Paul’s mitigation strategy are as follows:

1. Masks are required, as per letter above

2. Do not crowd in rooms

3. A social distance and mask area will be maintained in the sanctuary

4. Hand washing/sanitizing should continue to be frequent and always before handling food

5. Kitchen will be open for use ; counters and touched surfaces must be sanitized after use

6. If food is available, it must be served…no buffet style of service

7. Tables will be sanitized after every use


These recommendations may be modified in the event of change in Covid-19 Status.