Aug. 27 Pandemic Task Team Update

8/27/2020

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

We thank God for your faithful commitment to do no harm—whether you’re gathering at a distance, or as you take precautions gathering in person, as well as in the many ways you serve and minister to the needs of your surrounding communities during this pandemic. Know that we continue to pray for our faith communities across the conference and aim to aid those who seek guidance in these uncertain times with resources.

Today’s email will address two main issues: Sunday school and feedback from you.

Sunday School 
There have been questions concerning how to safely experience Sunday school. After much consideration of medical data and prayerful discernment, the members of the pandemic task team agreed that it is best to let local churches create plans and guidelines for adult, children and youth Sunday school that best meet their needs and err on the side of caution for the size and context of each local church. Please remember to provide adequate sanitization, masks and social distancing in your decision-making process. Look at the size of the space and be sure it provides for six feet between people. We are not saying that everyone will want to begin Sunday school now. In fact, we recommend starting with adults only when the team decides to move into in-person Sunday school. We also recommend that no food or drinks be served at this time.

Feedback 
Over the last few weeks, we’ve offered guidance related to practices to decrease exposure to the coronavirus, but we would like to hear feedback from you on the following topics:

  1. For those of you who have returned to in-person worship, what practices have you discovered worked well within your congregation?
  2. For those of you practicing an abundance of care and worshiping online, via conference call or other ways, what fruit have you seen from this venture?
  3. What are challenges that your faith community is facing that the pandemic task team has not already given guidance on that you would like to be addressed?
  4. What great ideas have been effective in engaging youth and children in spiritual formation during the pandemic?
Just click reply so we can hear from you.

Praying that your health prospers as does your soul,
 
The Mississippi Conference Pandemic Task Team
                Dr. Marcus Gaut                             Dr. Bob Ford
                Dr. Steve Shirley                            Dr. Thais Walden
                Mrs. Lynette Harris                         Mrs. Sarah King
                Rev. Haywood Hannah                  Rev. Trey Skaggs
                Rev. Dr. Joe Ranager      
 
Ex-officio members:
                Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.      Rev. Vickie White
                Rev. Dayna Goff                            Rev. Fred Britton
                Miss Jasmine Haynes                    Mr. Mike Howington
 

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