Conference pandemic guidelines to continue during Advent

11/23/2020

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
 

Dear Friends,

As we enter into the holidays, the uncertainty of this global pandemic continues to impact all of our decisions. We are grateful that a vast majority of North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Churches have honored our requests throughout the pandemic to follow protocols we developed in consultation with healthcare professionals for in-person worship services and other gatherings.

While our guidelines have not changed significantly, we wanted to speak to the rising case numbers in many communities in Alabama and West Florida. Each community will have its own metrics and statistics, but we urge you to use caution as we move into Advent.

If you are like us, you are hearing and reading varying opinions on how to best worship during a pandemic. Here is our word to you. When in doubt, be cautious. Seek counsel from medical experts and local health department officials as you make plans for worship. There is no script for leading in a pandemic, especially during one of the most Holy times of the year. We are having to reinvent how we gather with family, how we worship, and how we are in community with one another. We ask that you prayerfully and carefully use your Conference’s guidelines as you make decisions for the coming weeks.

We continue to hold you in our prayers. We are grateful for your dedication to your congregations. We will look back on this time as a season of innovative growth and courageous leadership by our clergy and churches. Peace be with you in this Holy season.

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Alabama-West Florida Conference
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North Alabama Conference
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  In Christ,

Bishop David Graves
Resident Bishop
Alabama-West Florida Conference
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Alabama Conference


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