Here, you will find important information and updates on Spanish Fort United Methodist and it’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. If you have any further questions on this matter, please feel free to call the church office at 251-626-1334.

Covid Task Force Update – As of July 29, 2021

With the rising COVID cases and new recommendations by the CDC, we will be temporarily requiring face masks during our Worship Services beginning this Sunday, August 1st. We will have face masks available at the doors if you do not have one. We apologize for the inconvenience and last minute change. Our goal is to be as careful and strategic as possible in order to continue all currently scheduled in-person gatherings. We greatly value and appreciate your support and cooperation. We have heavily relied on the medical professionals serving on our COVID Task Force through this entire process. This is a fluid situation which we will continue to prayerfully and strategically work through TOGETHER.

COVID Q&A | August 1 | 12:00 p.m. | Main Campus | Fellowship Hall For anyone having questions concerning the recent announcements about COVID, you are welcome to come this Sunday afternoon (August 1) at 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to listen to our health care professional, Dr. Karen Fagan, answer your questions to the best of her knowledge. If you have questions, please email Bonnie Hariel, at bonnie@spanishfortumc.org or by calling the church office at 251-626-1334.

We ask for continued patience with our staff and COVID team as we adapt to ever-changing information and try to make the best decisions in planning, especially since some events require advanced planning. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office at 626-1334 or by email at ministries@spanishfortumc.org.

Our Current Guidelines

Church Office

Within our office setting, we encourage the use of masks according to the current CDC guidelines. We will ask that visitors be respectful and wear masks when entering an individual’s office or desk area.

Small Group Meetings (Sunday School, Bible Studies, Etc.)

The following will apply to all meetings on campus:

  • All small groups must follow the below “Small Group/Event/Meeting Request” procedures for new meetings and classes on campus.
  • In adult small groups, masks or social distancing is required.
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet when possible.
  • Attendance in groups & meetings will be taken for tracking purposes.
  • Food items may be brought in for small gatherings.
  • Sanitize hands upon arrival.

Small Group / Event / Meeting Requests

All new groups wanting to meet on campus must follow this procedure:

  1. Complete an Event/Class/Meeting Request Form (click here for form).
  2. Return the completed form above to rebecca@spanishfortumc.org AND faye@spanishfortumc.org or send to them in to the church office for approval.
  3. Upon approval, the group leader will be contacted by Faye in the church office.

Sanitization Stations

Sanitization stations will remain placed around campus. They will include, but not be limited to, the following items:

  • Attendance sheets for corresponding classes
  • Disposable face masks if desired
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning spray
  • Paper towels

In Person Worship

Beginning on August 1st, we will required masks temporarily due to the new CDC guidelines. Please continue to try social distancing in the pews when possible. We will still pass our attendance binders and offering plates during the services. In person worship services will be at 8:45 a.m. (traditional) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary).

We still encourage all persons (especially those who are in high-risk categories) to make an informed decision regarding attendance.

We will continue to offer live stream of our 11 a.m. worship service every Sunday and our 8:45 a.m. service on the first Sunday (communion) of each month on Facebook. We will also continue broadcasting our 8:45 a.m. service on 103.3 FM at Noon each Sunday.

We will be practicing the following enhanced health and safety measures:

Masks: Beginning August 1, we will once again require mask use during worship services.

Symptoms: We ask those experiencing illness or fever, or those recently exposed to COVID-19 to worship from home.

Sanctuary Seating: Please maintain social distancing between family groups when possible.

Worship Practices: We will still be passing the offering plates during the 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.

In an effort to keep our congregation members safely connected, we are offering a socially distanced option for communion. If you or someone you know is unable to be physically present for worship, you may come by the church office to pick up individually packaged communion elements. These will be available during the week prior to each communion Sunday (typically the first Sunday of each month). Tune in to our Live Stream or Radio Broadcast as you actively participate in the blessing and receiving of Holy Communion from your home. For more details, contact Bonnie Hariel at bonnie@spanishfortumc.org.

Personal Behaviors: We are still asking that all worshippers maintain social distancing at all times and please refrain from handshakes or hugs. Please no eating or drinking in the Sanctuary.

Cleaning Procedures: The sanctuary will be cleaned professionally each week.

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