COVID-19 Updates

 
 
Relaunch Worship Service Details:

This is an exciting step forward for us, and it is due to a lot of hard work by the Trustees to get our facilities ready and supplied for worship.  Starting Sunday July 5th at 8am, we’ll begin weekly outdoor worship in the courtyard at St. Paul’s.  Following guidance from the CDC, the Florida Conference of the UMC, and the St. Paul’s Trustees, I believe we can have a safe worship service where we can praise God together and see each other once again.  Just like we already do with grape juice instead of wine at communion, we all need to protect each other as we worship. 

The following guidelines will be a part of our outdoor worship service, and they are designed to limit the risk of anyone unknowingly spreading Coronavirus during worship:

  • Worshipers are asked to bring their own chairs and Communion Elements (bread & grape juice) to each service. Picnic blankets are also allowed.
  • Seating will be done by family group in physically distanced circles, each at least 6 ft. apart from another circle. You’ll see circles marked in the church courtyard.
  • In order to care for each other, face coverings (bandanas, facemasks) are required for worship, and can be provided if needed.
  • We ask everyone to bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes to worship, and it will also be available when you are walking to the courtyard.
  • Anyone who does not feel safe attending worship is encouraged to worship with us online, which will continue to be offered. 

 

As we enter this new phase of worshipping in the time of COVID-19, we will be constantly learning and adapting to the changing situations around us.  Our hope is to be worshipping in the sanctuary by the first weekend in October, and our services on YouTube will continue as we begin to offer these in-person worship experiences.  We invite you to come and be a part of this new chapter here at St. Paul’s!

 

 
Guidance on Relaunch and in-person worship Optional after June 15th can be found here.
 
Please check coronavirus.gov for up-to-date national information and the Florida Department of Health webpage for up-to-date state information.
 
Our United Methodist Florida Conference also has useful information including the latest updates from Bishop Carter. You can find their website here.
 
Please continue to monitor our Facebook page and this webpage for updates on COVID-19.   Your safety is our primary concern, and if you have any questions about our church, our coronavirus response, or Florida Conference policies and procedures during this time, please let us know and we will be happy to help answer your questions. 
 
Following Jesus’s ethic to care for “the least of these,” we are especially sensitive to the needs of vulnerable populations to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are doing everything we can to care for them, and ourselves, during this time.
 
Here are updates on St. Paul’s plans until further notice:
 
  • We will be worshiping online until further notice. Here is the link to our latest service: 8-9-20
  • We are meeting in person for an outdoor service at 8:00am on Sunday mornings. Please wear your face covering, bring a chair and bring communion!
  • We are so thankful for the help from our SPKidz Assistants (Ari, CeCe, and Jordan) and leadership from our Director of Children and Youth Ministries Kraig Pritts. They have made it possible to keep up with the Children’s Church and iClub lessons along with videos. You can find all the links on the Children’s Ministry page here.
  • Praise NG has started back up! They will be meeting every other week in the Sanctuary for practice from 4:30-5:30pm. There are procedures in place to allow for social distancing and masks are required.
  • St. Paul’s Christian School is out for the summer, but are busy planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • The church office is closed, but staff is working remotely. Please call 352-694-2161 and leave a message or email and someone will get back with you within 24 hours.