Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches

The Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is providing this phased re-gathering plan to guide churches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plan is driven by our Three Simple Rules:

  • We are a people that do no harm. We practice physical distancing to minimize harm to others, especially the vulnerable. 

  • We are a people that do all the good we can. We care for the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors, providing food, emotional support, and supporting our health care system.

  • We are a people that stay in love with God. When we love God through prayer, praise, and worship, we grow in love of our neighbor. Love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable.

Our United Methodist faith communities can and must be first responders in caring for the spiritual, physical and mental health of all of God’s people all across Minnesota by actualizing these Three Simple Rules. We have come to understand, like never before, that the church is not a building. It is the expression of God’s love made visible through the actions of devoted followers of Jesus. We offer this plan as a framework to help church leaders make healthy and pastoral decisions, not as a fixed set of guidelines that will account for every circumstance. Although each church will need to make some decisions specific to its context and discernment, it is our expectation that every congregation will operate within each designated phase at any given time. 

We are currently in the ORANGE Phase.

Church buildings are OPEN. Specifically, this means:

  • Churches can worship in person at 50% and online.

  • Pastoral care visits are now being scheduled in-person and by telephone.

  • Staff, leadership team, ministry team, youth group, and other group meetings - are meeting virtually and in person when 10 or less present.

  • Weddings and funerals - please contact the church for current guidelines. should be postponed if at all possible. 

  • At this time there are no wedding receptions of post-funeral gatherings in the Fellowship Hall.  

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Faith * Hope * Love

Peace United Methodist Church is open to worshipers of all ages and backgrounds. We lead our congregation in worship, deepening the connection to God, understanding the teachings of Christ, and ultimately to a vibrant faith.