First UMC & the COVID-19 Pandemic: Worship, Reopening, and Ministry
Prerecorded online worship will be continuing through the summer season with weekly postings to our YouTube and Facebook pages. In-person & in-sanctuary worship will not be available until precautions for the safety of our congregation members and friends are installed and made accessible per the guidelines of the State of Illinois, Cook County and the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
However, opportunities for outdoor, small group, social distancing worship are being developed and will be published online at the church’s website and Facebook page. All decisions for re-opening will be consistent with our care for the health of all members and guests, old and young, those with sustained good health and those who are immunocompromised.
Ministry continues! Opportunities for learning and serving continue online and, later in the summer, in small, socially-distancing options. These include meals to healthcare workers, cleanup of Axehead Lake, support of local food pantries, creation of face coverings for anyone in need, prayer squares for first responders, care for the clients of Avenues to Independence and outreach to the most vulnerable neighbors: the homeless, refugees, and the unemployed.
We pray God’s blessing of good health and safety upon you and your loved ones. Check back here often for options to worship, learn and serve.