Dear First United Methodist Church family,
On June 12 we published our COVID-19 Yellow Phase Plan which included guidelines for safely meeting outdoors in groups of 25 or less. Our church has remained under those Yellow Phase guidelines even after Governor Wolf allowed Dauphin County to advance to Green Phase on June 19.
We hoped by now we would have a Green Phase Plan for First UMC and that the plan would include a target date for resuming modified in-person worship. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases have been rising sharply in many parts of the country, including some parts of Pennsylvania, during the past 2 weeks. In light of this, we are keeping our Yellow Phase Plan in effect until further notice. Groups of 25 or less may meet outdoors if maintaining the safety guidelines outlined in the Yellow Phase Plan, which can be found here on the church web site. Worship will remain “virtual” on YouTube and the church building will remain closed. Our intent, as always, is to protect those who are most vulnerable.
First UMC staff and lay leadership continue to monitor the ever-changing COVID-19 situation and prayerfully seek wisdom on future plans for re-opening. Please watch for more updates in the following weeks.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.