Mount Tabor UMC RE-ENTRY Planned Response

Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.

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UPDATE from the MTUMC Re-Entry Committee

May 19, 2021

Over the last 15 months, the Re-Entry Committee's response to the pandemic has been driven by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the state of North Carolina, and Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of The United Methodist Church. Due to the myriad of positive signs in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the updated guidance released this past week, we are updating Mount Tabor's response. Beginning immediately, during worship:

  • People who are fully vaccinated will not be required to wear a mask or maintain social distancing inside church buildings.

  • Persons not fully vaccinated, immune-compromised, uncomfortable without a mask, or families with children are encouraged to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

  • Congregants may participate in worship through singing and spoken word.

Mount Tabor continues to maintain an online worship presence on YouTube and Facebook for those who are not yet comfortable in returning to worship.

All other adult events, meetings, etc. on campus may choose as a group as to how to proceed regarding masks. It is our hope that these group conversations and decisions will be handled with grace and sensitivity to all.

Events and gatherings involving children and youth still require the wearing of masks following CDC guidance for schools.

As we continue to move forward, the Re-Entry Committee will continue to evaluate and update protocols. Considerations regarding food at gatherings will be made at a later time.

Mount Tabor is a church that welcomes all people. As we navigate these changes, it is our prayer that everyone feels welcome and loved regardless of their choice as we are all children of God.

The Re-Entry Committee:
Pastor Mark Key, Pastor Bob Richardson
Lay members: David Rigby, Blaine Burton
Staff members: Marcey Davis, Gray Handwerk, Kim Harvey, Andy Tuttle

Update from the Re-Entry Committee

February 16, 2021

The Ignite (Contemporary) Service returns to in-person worship on Sunday, Feb 21 at 11 a.m. Seating will be limited. Overflow seating will be provided in the Family Life Center utilizing a livestream of the service. Children ages 3 years old through 4th grade may participate in TaborKIDS Worship in the Children's Building. Those participating must wear masks, complete health screenings and provide information for contact tracing. 

MTUMC Re-Entry Committee Members:
Pastor Mark Key, Pastor Bob Richardson
Lay members: David Rigby, Blaine Burton
Staff members: Marcey Davis, Gray Handwerk, Kim Harvey, Andy Tuttle

 

Update from the Re-Entry Committee

December 11, 2020

 

The North Carolina COVID-19 County Alert System, as updated on Dec. 8, now shows Forsyth County to be designated a red county indicating critical community spread of COVID-19. Due to serious concerns about the rise in cases, the MTUMC Re-Entry Committee has made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person worship services for now. The Sunday 11 a.m. Ignite worship service will now be live-streamed without a congregation, and the Christmas Eve worship will be changed to one live-stream service without a congregation on Dec. 24 at 4:30 p.m. The pre-recorded Traditional and Higher Ground Services will continue to be available online. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to worship from wherever they are.

The Re-Entry Committee did not make this decision lightly, asking God for His guidance and direction. We understand that there will be disappointment in this decision but we feel this is in the best interest of all, especially the most vulnerable among us, as we seek to love our neighbors, show social responsibility, and in John Wesley's words: "Do no harm." We step back now so that we may ultimately step forward. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation. Please pray for all those impacted by COVID-19. These are challenging times but in this Season of Advent we are reminded that God is with us and we are people of hope. The ministry of the church continues, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

MTUMC Re-Entry Committee Members:
Pastor Mark Key, Pastor Bob Richardson
Lay Leader David Rigby, Associate Lay Leader Lyn Worf
Associate Lay Leader-Elect Blaine Burton;
Staff members: Marcey Davis, Gray Handwerk, Kim Harvey, Andy Tuttle

 

 

Update from the Mount Tabor UMC Re-Entry Committee
November 18, 2020

 


In view of the latest update from Gov. Cooper, the latest guidelines from the Western North Carolina Conference and John Wesley's call to do no harm, the Re-Entry Committee announces a change in policy for groups meeting in the church. Indoor meetings will be limited to 10 people maximum while continuing safety protocols including health screenings, social distancing, and masks. Indoor worship attendance will remain at a maximum of 100 people while continuing health screenings, social distancing, and masks. In loving our neighbor and caring for the most vulnerable among us, we will step back now so that we may ultimately step forward. We appreciate your continued understanding of this evolving situation and the difficult decisions that have to be made. Thank you for your support and for your prayers.

MTUMC Re-Entry Committee Members:
Pastor Mark Key, Pastor Bob Richardson
Lay Leader David Rigby, Associate Lay Leader Lyn Worf
Marcey Davis, Gray Handwerk, Kim Harvey, Andy Tuttle

 

 

Update from the Mount Tabor UMC Re-Entry Committee

October 8, 2020

I am the church! You are the church!

We are the church together!

All who follow Jesus,

all around the world!

Yes, we're the church together!

 

The church is not a building;

the church is not a steeple;

the church is not a resting place;

the church is a people. 

(Lyrics from the song “We Are the Church” by Richard K. Avery & Donald S. Marsh)

 

We’re the church together - people bound together by our love of Jesus and each other. Whether it’s worship at home, in the church parking lot or coming soon in the Alspaugh Worship Center, we’re the church together.  Together, we honor and respect each other’s choices and perspectives as we seek to gather joyfully in different ways. Together, we seek to grow spiritually and go faithfully in love and action. Together, we are the church.

Let’s Worship Together!  

As North Carolina has moved into Phase 3, Mount Tabor is also moving into a new phase with some changes in worship. 

 

Online: The Traditional and Higher Ground Worship Services will continue to be offered online.  The Traditional Worship Service is available Saturday nights at 6 PM.  The Higher Ground Worship Service is available Sunday mornings at 9 AM. The Ignite Worship Service will be livestreamed at 11 AM.  Worship services are available at mttaborumc.org/video anytime.

 

In-Person:   The Ignite Service is moving indoors to the Alspaugh Worship Center beginning October 18 at 11 AM.  In compliance with state and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church guidance, seating will be limited and overflow seating will be provided in the Family Life Center utilizing a livestream of the service.  Children ages 3 years old through 4th grade may participate in TaborKIDS Worship in the Children’s Building. 

 

As we move into the next phase of gathering indoors, we continue to follow John Wesley’s three general rules by doing no harm, by doing good, and by attending upon all the ordinances of God.  We will do this by wearing masks, completing health screenings and providing information for contact tracing upon entering the church campus. 

 

If you are interested in volunteering as a greeter or as part of the clean up crew for the Ignite Worship Service, please contact Gray Handwerk (gray.handwerk@mttaborumc.org).

 

We are the church together - gathering joyfully, growing spiritually and going faithfully in love and action.

 

Mount Tabor UMC COVID-19 RE-ENTRY PLAN

updated October 6, 2020

 

Although the state of North Carolina has a three part phased approach, Mount Tabor UMC will move judiciously in Phase 3.  To clearly define this, a “Next” Phase and a “Later” Phase have been added to the plan.   Following are the projected Mount Tabor UMC Responses to each phase that continue to change and evolve. 

 

Mount Tabor UMC Response during Phase 3

Began October 2, 2020

Based upon guidelines from CDC, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and North Carolina state guidelines:

  • Facilities

    • Our doors may be closed but the ministries of the church continue. 

    • Building entry will be limited to staff, scheduled volunteers, scheduled groups and Ignite worship attendance. 

    • All individuals on-campus must complete a health screening to include a temperature check and wear a mask. 

  • Worship

    • The Ignite Worship Service will move indoors to the Alspaugh Worship Center on October 18, 2020. The service will also be livestreamed to the Mount Tabor UMC pages on YouTube and Facebook.

    • When the main worship facility reaches capacity, additional seating will be provided in overflow spaces.

    • Pre-recorded worship continues for the Traditional and Higher Ground services but allows for an increased number of worship leaders (singers, musicians, liturgists, production staff) as appropriate within guidelines.

  • Groups are encouraged to gather online or outdoors but have the option to request space for indoor meetings. 

    • All indoor gatherings must be approved by the Re-Entry Committee and are pending space availability.

    • Groups meeting indoors must 

      • complete the Application for Use of Buildings and Grounds (here)

      • follow the Small Group Meeting Guidelines  (here)

      • complete a MTUMC On Campus Covenant (here)

      • adhere to the established occupancy limits 

      • be flexible in location and time

  • Funeral services & weddings may be arranged in accordance with North Carolina state and Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church guidelines.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting procedures continue with hand sanitizer stations in common spaces.

  • Staff may reoccupy offices and will be given the option to continue to work from home at their discretion. Staff will maintain social distances and wear masks when outside their workspace / office. Staff meetings continue via Zoom.

Mount Tabor UMC Response during the “Next” Phase

Date to be determined

Based upon guidelines from CDC, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and North Carolina state guidelines:

  • Facilities

    • Our doors may be closed but the ministries of the church continue. 

    • Building entry will be limited to staff, scheduled volunteers, scheduled groups and Ignite & Traditional worship attendance. 

    • All individuals on-campus must complete a health screening to include a temperature check and wear a mask. 

  • Worship

    • The Ignite Worship Service continues indoors in the Alspaugh Worship Center. The service will also be live-streamed to the Mount Tabor UMC pages on YouTube and Facebook.

    • The Traditional Worship Service will begin to work to move indoors to the Sanctuary.  The service will also be live-streamed to the Mount Tabor UMC pages on YouTube and Facebook.

    • When the main worship facility reaches capacity, additional seating will be provided in overflow spaces.

    • Pre-recorded worship continues for the Higher Ground service but allows for an increased number of worship leaders (singers, musicians, liturgists, production staff) as appropriate within guidelines.

  • Groups are encouraged to gather online or outdoors but have the option to request space for indoor meetings. 

    • All indoor gatherings must be approved by the Re-Entry Committee and are pending space availability.

    • Groups meeting indoors must 

      • complete the Application for Use of Buildings and Grounds 

      • follow the Small Group Meeting Guidelines  

      • complete a MTUMC On Campus Covenant

      • adhere to the established occupancy limits 

      • be flexible in location and time

  • Funeral services & weddings may be arranged in accordance with North Carolina state and Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church guidelines.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting procedures continue with hand sanitizer stations in common spaces.

  • Staff may reoccupy offices and will be given the option to continue to work from home at their discretion. Staff will maintain social distances and wear masks when outside their workspace / office. Staff meetings continue via Zoom.

Mount Tabor UMC Response during the “Later” Phase

Date to be determined

Based upon guidelines from CDC, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and North Carolina state guidelines:

  • Facilities

    • Normal building operations resume. 

  • Worship

    • The Ignite Worship Service continues indoors in the Alspaugh Worship Center. 

    • The Traditional Worship Service continues indoors in the Sanctuary.

    • The Higher Ground Worship Service will begin to work to move indoors in the Alspaugh Worship Center.

    • All services are projected to be live-streamed.

  • Groups may gather online, outdoors or indoors. 

    • All on-campus gatherings are pending space availability.

    • Groups must complete the Application for Use of Buildings and Grounds (here) and submit it to office@mttaborumc.org.

  • Funeral services may be arranged with a pastor.

  • Weddings may be arranged in accordance with church policy (here).

  • Staff reoccupy offices and staff meetings resume on-campus.

Re-Entry Committee Members:

Pastor Mark Key, Pastor Bob Richardson

Lay Leader David Rigby, Associate Lay Leader Lyn Worf

Marcey Davis, Gray Handwerk, Kim Harvey, Andy Tuttle

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