Dear Friends of First United Methodist Church,
The COVID Task Force uses current data and guidelines from the CDC to decide how best to protect our church communities. Please join us, in keeping each other healthy and safe, by following these updated guidelines while you are at the Brighton and Whitmore Lake campuses, as of Tuesday March 1:
- Wearing a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth is encouraged but not required.
- Please practice social distancing, creating space between individuals of 6 feet.
- Please refrain from coming to worship or being inside the church building if you are feeling ill, or exhibit symptoms of Covid such as new or worsening fever, cough, runny nose, headache, loss of taste or smell, etc.
Like most good Methodists, we love food! However at this time, we are asking that only light refreshments be enjoyed in small group gatherings while inside the church buildings. Rule of thumb: if the refreshments can quickly be eaten in less than 15 minutes, and then your mask is put back on, that is permitted, for fully-vaccinated persons.
Thank you for doing your part to help keep each other safe.
Rev. Lindsey Hall, Rev. Jon Reynolds, and the Covid-19 Task Force.
as of March 1, 2022
Free at-home COVID test kits are available. Order yours at https://www.covid.gov/tests
If you would like to join a small group for bible study or prayer, please contact the church office and we will help you find a group that’s right for you. Or you can sign up here: Small Groups. We know small groups are an important way for people to feel connected right now.
We will also continue supporting our mission partners. The needs are great at this time and we will continue to support mission programs that need our support now more than ever. Learn more about the missions you can support here: Missions
Before Visiting the Church Campuses
In accordance with guidelines from the County Health Department, we ask that you answer the following questions before coming to any event at the church. Please screen yourself using these questions before arrival:
- Do you have any of the following symptoms? Note that just one symptom excludes you from entering the building.
- Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher (as measured by a touchless thermometer if available, but a verbal confirmation lack of fever is sufficient if a touchless thermometer is not available); OR
- Cough (excluding chronic cough due to a known medical reason other than COVID-19); OR
- Shortness of breath; OR
- At least 2 of the following symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell and/or diarrhea (excluding diarrhea due to known medical reason), and extreme fatigue.
An affirmative response requires that you be excluded from church events.
- Have you had any close contact in the last 14 days with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19?
An affirmative response requires that you be excluded from church events until 14 days after the last exposure to the person with COVID-19.
We will take every available precaution to make sure that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly.
COVID-19 Response Plan
Additionally, the COVID-19 Task Force created a document called the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which articulates the guidelines for staff, contractors, and volunteers to follow when operating in the building throughout the week. This document was approved by the Administrative Council. The church staff and clergy has been trained on COVID-19 preparedness. A hard copy of this plan is available by contacting the office.
Updates may be found:
- Church Facebook Page
- Call the church office: 810-229-8561
- Check your email