Congregational Care and the Coronavirus

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance here. Click here to find daily situation summaries from the CDC. 

May 18, 2020--New Conference Office Visitation Policy

In these days, as the staff of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference Office, seek to do our part in being faithful to God and to the guidelines we have been given by health and government officials, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr., along with a task group has asked us to remain in compliance with the recommendations for local churches and remain vigilant through at least the end of May.  So, in order to comply, we will be following these protocols:

  1. Please call for an appointment prior to coming to the building so that you can see the person you need to see in a timely manner.  Everyone will not be in the building every day so that we can manage the number of people present at any given time.
  2. When you arrive in the parking lot please call us at 601.354.0515 to let us know you have arrived.
  3. Stay in your vehicle until you receive a call that the person with whom you have an appointment is ready for you.
  4. Please know that we will be wearing masks to protect you so we encourage you to do the same for us.
  5. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use as you enter and leave the building. 
  6. If you need to drop something off please call the receptionist 601.354.0515 and follow her instructions.
May 8, 2020--Church In-person Gathering Guidelines

These In-person Gathering Guidelines have been created for you with considerations ranging from worship and small groups, to meals and funerals. They have also been thoroughly vetted and aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), White House and Mississippi Department of Health gating criteria, which has been categorized into three phases. In using these guidelines to navigate your local church’s resuming in-person gathering process, acknowledge what role your congregation’s membership size, demographics, surrounding community and other ministry contexts may play in your adaptation of these recommendations.

In-person Gathering Guidelines
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