COVID 19 UPDATES
UPDATE: July 17. 2020
Good morning everyone. With new restrictions implemented by Governor Wolf regarding the size of gatherings, we wanted to make sure that it was clear what will be happening at church this Sunday, July 19th.
1. Churches are exempt from the limit of 25 people gathered indoors. If you would like to read more about the exemption you can do so here.
2. We will plan on meeting this Sunday as we have been over the last several weeks. You will be allowed to enter the church from the front entrance where masks will be required upon entry and hand sanitizer will be at the door. If you need a mask one will be provided at the front door of the church. The sanctuary is set up for social distancing during the service. We also continue to recommend you wash your hands frequently.
3. If you are not feeling well, struggle with wearing a mask, or are unable to attend for any reason we would like to invite you to watch our service live on our Facebook page at 9:30 am. You can also watch the service on our website starting on Sunday afternoon by clicking here.
4. Please understand that the situation is fluid. we understand that people have different perspectives on the right thing to do, but our main goal right now is to keep everyone as safe as possible. That means if we begin to see a spike in cases of COVID 19 in the coming weeks in our area we might need to make some different choices. But, for now, we will continue to follow our plan approved by our conference and will continue to monitor the situation and follow recommendations made us by the conference.
5. If there are changes to our current way of doing things or there is a needed update of information, we will do our best to update you as quickly as possible. We will do so by posting those updates here not the Facebook Page and on our website or on this page.
Thank you all for your patience and grace as we continue to navigate a difficult time in the life of the church and in our community. Please remember to reach out to those that might be feeling isolated or alone in the safest way possible.
UPDATE July 13, 2020
COVID 19 has changed a lot for churches in a very short period of time. There are a lot of things that all of us are learning how to navigate together. It is sometimes difficult for leaders to know the right course of action. With that in mind, the Kittanning Free Methodist Church is adhering to the Harvest Conference's guidelines for the reopening and continued ministries of the church. You can read more from the Harvest Conference and its response here.
This means that upon entering the church for worship and other ministries, masks must be worn and social distancing adhered to. The sanctuary is arranged to make sure that there is enough space for social distancing during the worship service. The church will provide hand sanitizer and masks if you don't have one at the front entrance of the building. We also encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly to help mitigate the spread of the virus. We ask that if you aren't feeling well or unable to come that you stay home and worship with us on our Facebook Page or here on the website under the worship services heading.
Right now, we aren't certain exactly how this will affect our other church ministries. We hope to get back to ministries like the Church brunch and God's Choice, but will only do so when can figure out how to do it safely for all of those involved. In the meantime, we are working to supplement the lack of in-person ministries by developing a stronger online presence. On the website and through the Facebook page you will have access to worship services, blog articles, podcasts, and a few other ideas that we have in the works. As we incorporate new opportunities will announce them on the website, on the Facebook Page, and in the worship service.
We understand that this is a difficult time for many and that there are a variety of different opinions on how best to handle reopening the church and its ministries. We askt hat you be in prayer for our pastor and the Board of Administration as they seek to navigate the best ways to move forward. As we already stated we will continue to adhere to the directions of our conference and the lead of our Council of Bishops