SSMUMC COVID-19 Update

 March 31, 2020

For your convenience

We are encouraged by your faithful giving. We have installed a drop box on the wall of the middle double doors in the back parking lot.
Please continue to support our church through online giving, by mail, or use of this donation box.
 
Our Prayer Room at the Chapel lobby is still accepting food donations for Sparrow’s Nest and also this week our
parents can pick up their packets for their Easter Egg Hunt.
This area is open from 8:30am-12:30pm Monday thru Thursday.
 
Our weekly bulletin is emailed Friday morning, please check for any updates at that time. If you feel you need a copy mailed to you, please call the church office (912-638-3317).
 
Thank you for your faithfulness during this stressful time and please know that we are in prayer for all of our members, visitors and friends. Don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help you in anyway.

March 17, 2020

Dear Church Family,

With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our priority at St. Simons UMC is your health and safety! The experts have said very clearly that individual risk of infection is heightened by exposure to the virus, which we want to limit as much as possible.

Our staff met on Monday, along with our Lay Leader and Church Council Chair, to discuss the next steps for our church. Much of our discussion centered around information we have received from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Coastal Health Department of Georgia, and the Glynn County School System.

Based on this information, we will take the following course of action as we do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

Worship

We will not gather for worship for at least the next 4 weeks. Our hope is to be able to worship together on Easter morning, but we will plan to comply with the recommendations of the CDC.

Over the next 4 weeks we will live stream a 30-minute worship service beginning at 11:00 am on Sundays. You can live stream from our webpage, by going to our St. Simons UMC Facebook page, or by going to St. Simons Methodist on YouTube. The service will include a Children’s Moment which will give families an opportunity to worship together. The service will also be archived on our website if you choose to watch at a different time.

Community Holy Week services have been cancelled for now. This would include our Maundy Thursday Service. If there are dramatic changes to the guidelines for social distancing between now and then this decision may change.

Groups/Meetings

All group activities and meetings are postponed for at least the next 4 weeks. This includes Sunday School. There will be no more Wednesday Night Suppers or classes until August. If you have any questions about your group, please contact your group leaders or the church office at 912-638-3317.

Stewardship

Please try to remain faithful in your giving. You may give online at our website at stsimonsumc.com or by sending your check to the church office. We are grateful for your generosity.

Ministry Areas

All children, youth, and music programs are cancelled for at least the next 4 weeks.

Congregational Care

Limits have been placed on the level of congregational care we can offer to those who are in the hospital or nursing/assisted living centers. Most of our contacts will be made by phone, email, and text. If you have a need for pastoral care please call Richard Soper, at 912-222-2139, or Tom Jones, at 678-343-3767.

Adjusted Church Office Hours

The church office hours will be 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and the office will be closed on Friday until this crisis has passed. If you have any needs related to the business of the church, please contact Anne Frazier at 912-638-3317 during normal office hours, or her cell phone at 912-399-7497 if there is an emergency.

We will continue to work closely with our local leaders and monitor recommendations from the CDC. We will update you promptly of any additional changes to our current plan of action. Please call, email, or text if you have questions or there is anything we can do to be helpful.

In Isaiah 43:2-3 we read, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

In our response to this virus we are not closing the doors of the church. We will continue to be the church through our prayers, our support, and by caring for our neighbors by choosing to practice social distancing. We are not being fearful – we are being responsible. We have a role to play in helping defeat this virus.

My prayer is that you will experience God’s comfort and healing presence during these difficult days. Remember that God is with us. We are not alone. In the words of one of the great hymns, “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days.”

Blessings,

Tom