We will have limited in person worship while in condition orange. 

Children are invited to attend with parents, with younger children leaving after the children's sermon for age appropriate worship.

Please make a reservation before Wednesday at 3 pm. There's also a place at the bottom (optional) for providing feedback on last week's service.

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February 22, 2021

Condition Orange: In-Person Worship with Reservations

The number of cases  in Lamar County has fallen and we are now in condition orange.

In condition orange, we limit the size of gatherings so that there is less than a 10% probability of someone with covid-19 being in the Fellowship Hall and less than 30% for the sanctuary (a larger room with high ceilings).

Read the latest Health and Wellness reports.

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Why do I need reservation?

We commit to protecting one another. This is about more than each individual's willingness to take on risk for themselves. The larger the gathering, and the more closely seated together, the greater the risk created for others present.

Many of those who volunteer or are church employees do not have access to the vaccine and/or have family members who do not have access to the vaccine. Limiting attendance and spread out seating lowers the risk for those without this protection.

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What about people who are vaccinated?

We know those vaccinated are greatly protected. However the CDC states there is much we do not know about their impact on others. As recently as February 9, 2021, the CDC updated their guidance for those vaccinated:

Although COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting sick, scientists are still learning how well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not get sick.

If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. After exposure, people can be infected with or “carry” the virus that causes COVID-19 but not feel sick or have any symptoms. Experts call this “asymptomatic infection.”

For this reason, even after vaccination, we need to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.

Click on the map for Lamar County data

How Does The Health and Wellness Team Decide on Gathering Inside?

Rather than being shaped by the news cycle or responding to activity in other parts of the state, we are applying Lamar County guidelines available here.

  • Green: No restrictions
  • Yellow: Gather indoors with precautions
  • Orange: Outside gatherings. Inside worship limited to worship leaders and a few participants (10 in sanctuary, 5 in Fellowship Hall).
  • Red: No inside or outside gatherings.

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Sunday, Sunday!

Thank you to Jeanie Enyart who is helping us to get ready for Sunday with this creative and fun video

Our precautions are serious, requiring everyone to wear masks, make reservations, and remain six feet apart. Every precaution is an act of love and taken with great joy!

July 19, 2020

Interview of Sean Parker

Sean Parker is a member of Barnesville First UMC and a health care professional working in Upson County. Watch and share the video here.

Sean describes the current conditions related to Covid-19 in our area, and how this has impacted him and family members. He even gives a few tips for those who have a hard time wearing a mask (9:10).

Thank you Sean Parker for your insights, and for serving on the Health and Wellness Team.

July 2, 2020

Live streaming begins July 12

The church will begin live streaming worship from the sanctuary on July 12 at 10:00 am on YouTube (available to watch in progress and afterwards) and Zoom (10:00 only).

For the first two services, July 12 and 19, the sanctuary will be limited to the worship and production leaders.

Read the full newsletter article here.

June 24, 2020

Survey Results: Part 2

Read the full report here, with how we are addressing your suggestions and questions:

  • Does the air conditioning system present a risk? Do we need to have an air purifier? 
  • Should disinfectant wipes also be available at the entrance to the sanctuary?
  • Will there be bulletins?
  • Temp checks & ushers to ask leave if high.
  • No removal of mask. If to blow nose, leave. Ushers to ask leave if multiple sneezing, sniffling, coughing.
  • Mask must cover nose & mouth.

June 18, 2020

Survey Results - Part 1

You have shared many concerns in the survey and ideas for how the Health and Wellness Team can address these. A summary of your responses is here.

Using your input, we have set a target worship service in mid-July, assuming that conditions in Lamar County are conducive to gathering in person.

June 2, 2020

Church survey

The Health and Wellness Team invites your participation in a survey of the congregation. The survey is in this week's mailed Steeple Chimes and call also be accessed here where then link is available.

May 28, 2020

Health & Wellness Team

The Health and Wellness Committee shapes and then guides the process for in-person ministry at Barnesville First United Methodist Church. Thank you to our team:

  • Leesa Woodall (chair), 
  • Jim Ozier, Head Usher
  • Wayne Cook, Worship Committee Chair
  • Dr. Lee Woodall,
  • Sean Parker, medical practitioner in Upson County.
  • Kris Thomas, Trustee

In addition to their experience and skills, every one of them has great love for God and for the people of our church and community. Please be in prayer for them and our church.

Read more in the May 28 newsletter.

April 22, 2020

Guidance from the Conference

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and our Conference Cabinet have consulted with experts in public health and the medical field on how churches might prepare to offer in-person worship again. 

They continue to add resources to the guidelines (read here).