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PLANS FOR RE-OPENING (5-20-20)
Lenexa United Methodist Church is following the recommendations of the State of Kansas, JOCO County Commission, and the Great Plains Conference for reopening. The church office reopened on May 11, following the lifting of the Johnson County stay-at-home order. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you stop by the office during the week, please observe social distancing.
We are following the Ad Astra phased reopening plan from the state of Kansas. You can learn more about this plan at https://covid.ks.gov/. Small groups are permitted to begin meeting at the church if their attendance is smaller than the mass gatherings size limit in the current Kansas phase. If your adult Sunday School class or other small group would like to resume meeting, please contact the church office. Room changes may be made to allow more space for social distancing.
Because this is an evolving situation, the size limits and dates for each phase may change. Therefore, we do not have a date yet for in-person worship to resume. As we know more, we will communicate this information through CrossLinks, Facebook, and the church website. When we resume worship in the sanctuary, we will return to our normal worship times of 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Both worship services in the Sanctuary will be live-streamed on our Facebook page, so those who aren’t comfortable coming to church may still worship at home. Worship in the Park will also begin that same week at 8:00 a.m. at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park by the gazebo.
Several protocols will be in place to create a safer environment. Please read through these protocols so you know what to expect.
- Face masks are encouraged to be worn by all persons over the age of 2. Masks will be available for those who do not have one.
- Outside doors to the church will be propped open, weather permitting, so you may enter without touching the doors. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available at each entrance.
- Church members are asked to practice social distancing when entering the church and when seated in the sanctuary. In the sanctuary, seating will be available in every other pew with 6 feet of space between each family unit. Bulletins will be placed in the pews ahead of time by volunteers with gloves. Please sit in an available spot designated by a bulletin. Alternate pews will be used for the 9:00 and 10:30 worship service.
- At the park, please allow 6 feet of space between your family’s chairs/blankets and other families. Bulletins will be available from an usher wearing gloves and a mask.
- Between the 9:00 and 10:30 worship services, volunteers will use disinfectant spray to clean pews and offering plates.
- There will be no congregational singing at all three worship services due to the droplets that are spread more widely during singing. A small group of worship leaders will provide music.
- Passing of the peace will be removed from the service.
- At the 10:30 a.m. service the children’s moment will be offered by Mary Clow, but children will be asked to remain in the pews with their families. Families are encouraged to sit towards the front of the sanctuary so children can easily see what is happening.
- There will be no nursery or children’s Sunday School offered at this time.
- Children’s activity packets will be available in the narthex. You may pick up a packet and crayons for your children to use during the service and then take them home after the service. Packets and crayons will not be reused.
- There will be no passing of the offering plates during the service. Offering plates will be set up in the Sanctuary and at the park for you to place your offering in before or after the service.
- There will be no congregational communion. On communion Sunday, Pastor Ezekiel will bless the elements and take communion symbolically for the entire congregation.
- There will be an attendance card inside your bulletin. Please fill it out and place it in the offering plate when leaving worship.
- There will be no coffee available or Heavenly Half Hour between services.
- After worship, the congregation will be released by row to allow each family space to exit. Please don’t gather in the narthex or other parts of the church building.
If you are not comfortable returning to church, we invite you to continue participating in online worship. Both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services will be livestreamed to our Facebook page and posted under Online Services on our church website afterwards.
Please do not attend in-person if you meet any of the following criteria:
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Have been exposed to or are residing with someone who has tested positive
for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Are experiencing or have experienced symptoms such as a cough, fever of
100.4 or higher, sore throat, or shortness of breath within the past 14 days.
- Have traveled internationally or to an area with widespread transmission of
COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Are at higher risk for severe illness. Based on currently available information
and clinical expertise, the CDC identifies older adults and people of any age
who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for
severe illness from COVID-19.
If you are interested in volunteering as an usher, greeter, and/or disinfector please contact the church office at email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move through this unprecedented time together. If you have any questions or would like to discuss these protocols further, contact Pastor Ezekiel.
Pastor Ezekiel and the LUMC Church Leadership
COVID-19 UPDATE (3-16-20)
The Health Ministry Team and Staff of Lenexa United Methodist Church have met to determine the best way to do our part in reducing the spread of coronavirus.
The task before us is to still “be the church” in the midst of this time of uncertainty. Here’s what’s happening at present:
• We are live-streaming one worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. You may access that service on the church’s Facebook page. The service will also be posted on the website, and if you’d prefer to receive CD copies of each video service by mail, you can contact the church office to request them.
• We are utilizing Facebook for outreach to our church members and the broader community. On our Facebook page, you can find links to many resources which you may find helpful during this time that address dealing with anxiety, activities for bored children (or adults), devotions, and more. Each weekday, Mary Clow, Director of Children’s Ministries, will be posting a video with a story or activity geared toward children.
• If you chair an LUMC committee and have business that needs to be conducted, we suggest you do so through email, conference call or other remote means. If you need help setting up any of these methods, let the office know and we will try our best to assist you. If your Sunday school class or other small group wants to meet electronically, you are encouraged to do so as well.
• We encourage our members to stay in touch with one another through phone calls, emails, sending cards, etc. It is especially important to remember the elderly in this time of isolation. If you need suggested names or contact information, contact the church office.
• The church still has ongoing expenses during this time. We ask that, if possible, you stay up to date on your giving to the church by mailing in your contribution or by donating online or by text. Information on ways to give can be found at lenexaumc.org/online-giving.
• The Foundations Sunday school class is currently meeting online on Sunday mornings. We encourage other Sunday school classes and small groups to do so as well. There are free online resources that can assist you in this—contact the church office for further information.
• LUMYouth will meet online on Sunday nights, and this year’s confirmation class will meet online on Wednesday. We look forward to when this great class gets confirmed.
• Please keep LUMC, the nation, and the world in your prayers as we navigate this uncharted territory. If you have a personal prayer request, contact Pastor Ezekiel or the prayer chain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Ezekiel and the LUMC Staff