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Update from the Re-Start Team - September 2020

 

UPDATE FROM THE RE-START TEAM - SEPTEMBER 2020

 

As you know, in mid-March everything changed, our building closed, and in light of the global pandemic we made a quick pivot to online ministry.  Shortly thereafter, Rev. Melanie formed a Restart Team consisting of clergy, staff, and church leaders to consider the factors necessary for a safe reopening for our church.  This group continually considers the latest information from national, state, and local sources, including the Governor’s Office, Larimer County Health Department, the Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC and various churches of comparable size and demographics.  Decisions are based upon the needs and safety of our congregation, with special consideration for our elderly and young families with children. Key persons responsible for the programs are included in the conversation. During this time measures have been taken to reopen the church office, Kid’s Closet, Northern Colorado Faith Library, and provide access to the building and sanctuary for prayer,

weddings and funerals.

We are following all county protocols for in-person group meetings indoors, and holding some gatherings outdoors.

 

While some churches are having face to face worship, the majority of churches our size are not.  Most are engaging with their congregations online. We anticipate this will continue for a while, and the Worship Team will continue to deliver high quality online worship.  For those without computers, CDs and DVDs of the service are delivered each week.

 

We are encouraged by the number of people who join us both near and far away. During the 6 months we have been closed for face to face worship we have reached between four and five hundred people every week.  Our weekly email First Wire has a 90% open rate, with 560 people reading it each week. 

 

When the time is right and we are all welcomed back into our building, some things will have changed, but rest assured, our church will still provide the excellent worship, education, mission and fellowship opportunities that have made our church so outstanding for 151 years.  Our ministry will continue long after COVID-19 is a distant memory.

 

The Restart Team is considering everything with regard to your safety: social distancing, mask wearing, contact tracing, hand sanitizer stations, pew cushions, bibles and hymnals, bulletins, disinfecting between services, fellowship hour, and more.

 

While our classes, meetings and Sunday worship experience are certainly different for now, the ministry of our church is stronger than ever. Our clergy, staff, and members have remained enthusiastic and committed, and our mission is being carried out in innovative and creative ways.

  

We will keep you updated through First Wire and our website during this unique and challenging time.  We all look forward to the day we can all safely be together again in our church.

 

First Church Restart Team

Gerry Sampson, Chair Church Council; Helen Gray, Vice Chair Church Council; Kate Norton, Lay Leader; Bill Whitaker, Trustee Chair; David Adkins, Director of Music and Communications; Rev. Cynthia Paquette, Executive Pastor; Dr. Melanie Rosa, Lead Pastor


 

 



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