Updated May 10, 2021
The current re-gathering phase is now Yellow. Click for the most up-to-date information.
Updated April 14, 2021
On April 8, 2021, Wesley UMC received word from Interim Bishop David Bard that the decision to move re-gathering phase from orange to yellow has been postponed.
This decision to remain in the orange phase was made due to the worsening case numbers, hospitalizations, and testing positivity rate in the state of Minnesota as a whole.
The following message was sent to the Wesley community on March 22, 2021:
Many have asked about what Wesley’s plans are for phasing in our in-person worship services. Last week, Bishop David Bard, our new interim Bishop, sent a letter with guidelines from our Minnesota UMC Conference leadership. They are calling for the current Orange Phase restrictions to be in place until after Easter. If there is no new surge of the virus or its variants, the Conference will then issue allowances for easing restrictions and phasing in in-person gatherings. Therefore, Holy Week and Easter services will be completely online. However, we encourage households to think about small home gatherings to watch worship with church friends and family with whom you feel safe either because you’ve had the two shots of the vaccine or because you trust their level of compliance with masks and social distancing.
Upon moving to the Yellow Phase, life services such as weddings and funerals will be allowed in our sanctuary but limited to 50 – 60 attendees. Regarding worship, we will be able to offer gatherings in the church for online worship watch parties of 10-15 persons in the LOFT or Chapel. We will continue to encourage watch parties in homes for worship as well. Eventually, a larger group (50-60 people) could form a worship watch party in the sanctuary and have fellowship time outside. For this to happen, we will need volunteers to be trained in the cleaning/sanitizing that will need to take place. If you are willing to help, watch for a sign-up to come out!
There will be a point in the near future when we won’t have attendance limits and will be in the Green Phase. Looking forward to that time!
Below are the guidelines just approved by our church council regarding moving into a less restrictive phase of our opening. The green light for implementing the following guidelines will come from Conference leadership after Easter if there is not a new surge of the virus. Adjustments to these guidelines will be made a timely and appropriate manner to allow for a full return to capacity. Here is the link to the entire Bishop’s Letter: https://www.minnesotaumc.org/newsdetail/pastoral-letter-new-state-guidance-15154728
Wesley UMC Guidelines for Yellow Phase (25% capacity, 50-60 people)
- Watch party of online worship in LOFT, Chapel and or Sanctuary
- Reservations required
- Masks and Social Distancing
- No food, no drinks
- Child care would not be available
- Individuals/families are encouraged to also begin gathering for online worship watch parties in homes
- Small weddings/funerals (within 25% capacity limits) allowed with masks and social distancing
- Continue current policy allowing small groups to gather in church in the LOFT
These guidelines may seem wise to some and overly cautious to others. On behalf of our church council, I thank you for your patience and understanding. This has been a lot to navigate through.
Yours in mutual care,
Our office staff is working from home. To speak to our office coordinator, please call 507-452-6784 during office hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday).
Additional information on staying connected with Wesley during COVID-19 can be found on our Staying Connected page.