Madison UMC Reopening Plans and Guidelines
Building Faithful Disciples, Serving Jesus Christ

We have resumed in-person worship services on our campus. We also stream the worship service on our YouTube channel. After the service is streamed, it is quickly uploaded to YouTube for you to watch anytime. 

Stage 1

Sanctuary - 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

  • Masks are required. They must cover your mouth and nose and must be worn when you are on our campus. 
  • Please park in the west parking lot (Church Office) and enter by the west and south (Main Street) entrances of the Sanctuary.

Education Building - 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. - Overlflow seating

  • Masks are required. They must cover your mouth and nose and must be worn when you are on our campus. 
  • Please park in the east parking lot (Covered drive through) and enter by the east Atrium entrance.
  • KIDS, students, and some adult classes have resumed at 9:40 a.m. Check the November 4 newsletter on our website (http://www.madisonumc.org/sites/default/files/November%204_0.pdf) for the room assignments. 

Guidelines

  • Time your arrival for 10 minutes prior to the start of the service.
  • Family units may sit next to each other in worship, but everyone must practice social distancing.
  • Offering baskets will be placed at the exits of each room.
  • We will not use bulletins, pew Bibles, or hymnals during this stage.

Reminders

  • All doors will be opened for you by Greeters. Ushers will direct you to your seating. They will both be wearing face coverings.
  • The sanctuary will be cleaned between services.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be readily available throughout the building.
  • There will be no coffee stations or food available during this time. We also ask that you do not bring your own food or coffee to the campus.
  • Please sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • We will have music at these worship services but congregational singing will not be part of our worship for a short season as part of our phased approach as we continue to explore how to best minimize risk. 
  • The length of the services will be moderately abbreviated, so Sunday School classes should be able to meet via Zoom from 9:40 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised (such as chemotherapy and other conditions requiring such therapy) are encouraged to stay at home and join us online. The CDC has reported that older adults and people with these listed conditions “seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complication from COVID-19 illness.” 
  • Those who have a fever and/or feel sick should stay at home and join us for worship online.
  • Any student or adult who has been under a quarantine should refrain from attending services on our campus and church activities that are off-campus.

Please know that our plans may change week to week based on the latest available information.  We may be able to move quickly to Stage 2 or we may have to go back and suspend services at some point.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor those developments and to move as safely and as wisely as we can.

Stage 2 and Stage 3 – Expanding our Reopening

Our Trustees and our Administrative Council are working on a six-month plan to bring us all back together as safely and as quickly as possible. We will publish the plans for those stages soon.