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 October 4th at 9am, we’ll begin weekly worship in the Sanctuary 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 indoor worship service, and they are designed to limit the risk of anyone unknowingly spreading Coronavirus during worship:

  • Capacity inside the Sanctuary is limited. Please register to attend worship at cometoworship.org. You only need to register people who are attending the service in the Sanctuary (i.e. children attending SPKidz do not need to be registered).
  • Before entering the building for worship, temperatures will be taken and recorded on the registration sheet.
  • Seating will be done by family group, each at least 6 ft. apart from each other. Please use the social distancing poles located in the pews to help you social distance from others.
  • Cloth or Surgical Masks that cover the mouth and nose are required at all times. They will 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 into the Sanctuary.
  • If you feel ill or unwell for any reason, please stay home and join us for our on-line services. 
  • If you have been exposed to someone with Covid 19, please stay home for 14 days and join us for our online services.  

 

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 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!

 
Here are updates on St. Paul’s plans:
 
  • St. Paul’s Christian School has started their 2020-2021 school year. Please call their office at 352-694-4219 for any openings or wait lists!
  • The church office has limited hours, 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. 
 
Please check coronavirus.gov for up-to-date national information and the Florida Department of Health webpage for up-to-date state information.
 
Our Florida United Methodist 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 web page 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.