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INFORMATION ON THE RESTART OF FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FORT COLLINS FROM DR. ROSA, LEAD PASTOR

 

INFORMATION ON THE RESTART OF 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

FORT COLLINS 


 

 

Friends of First Church:

 

         I miss you and the experience of uplifting worship each week! We all have so many questions about when we will reopen for worship, classes, and meetings. Because we are a large membership church, with a huge facility, the decision about reopening is more complicated for us.  I have been reading much about reopening from the state, county and Conference. Reopening is still problematic for large churches like ours. As we make these decisions, I continue to focus upon your safety, and the quality of the experience.  It is clear that we have the “right” to open.  Yet is it right to open?

        The protocols required of us to open would so diminish the quality of the experience that it will not be safe nor wise to have worship in our building. We must limit the number of people, keep social distancing, not just in the sanctuary, but in the hallways, bathrooms, and the rest of the building.  With mask wearing, contact tracing, disinfecting after each service and no singing (and no fellowship or donuts!) the experience would not be the same. No singing is one of the hardest pills to swallow for me in all of this.

         The Restart Team is discussing many considerations for preparing our building and congregation for what in person worship will look like.   The bottom line is this: We love you too much to put anyone at risk.  We will continue to make intelligent assessments based upon science, data, best practices and guidance as we move forward.  

            While our building remains closed for face to face worship, meetings, and classes; our church remains OPEN.   This is particularly true in light of these definitions of open:  “…extended, expanded, accessible, available,”  “….not obstructed by buildings,”  “…..ready to entertain new ideas without prejudice,” and “….not finalized.”    The open-hearted ministry of First Church continues in full force.  Please continue to join us online for worship, classes, devotions and meetings, and let us know if you need anything at all.  We are here to serve and help you, and many resources are available through our church.

            You continue to be missed and I am so eager to see you face to face once again when it is safe for us all.   For the time being, First Church will be just as open and safe as we can be, so that when we do gather again, no one is missing.

 With love and prayers,

 

Melanie

Dr. Melanie Rosa, Lead Pastor



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