PWUMC has the safety and well-being of our congregation and our community top of mind. With the constantly changing status of information regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the staff at PWUMC continue to monitor the latest news and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and local health departments. On this page, you’ll find all the latest information on PWUMC’s response to COVID-19 and any temporary changes we are implementing. If you have questions, please contact Lori Bogart, director of Administration & HR.
Platte Woods UMC leadership has continued to monitor the COVID-19 community levels since the outbreak of the pandemic two years ago. Many adjustments to our response have been made along the way. Currently, the community level of COVID-19 in our area is designated as “Medium” by the CDC. As a result, at the Leadership Council meeting on March 7, 2022, the decision was made to cautiously proceed into the next phase of our COVID-19 response.
Following health department guidance, where the community level is Medium, individuals should:
- stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
- get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- talk to your healthcare provider if you are at high risk for severe illness about whether you should mask or take other precautions.
People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
Masks are optional inside the church building. Church staff and Sunday morning volunteers have received questions and comments both in support of lifting the mask requirement and for keeping the mask requirement. Praise God that sickness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continue to decline, but we recognize that many individuals in our church community and the community at large may continue to mask for any number of medical or personal reasons, including immunocompromised health, unvaccinated individuals in the home (including children), pregnancy or upcoming medical procedures, or travel plans. We all need to be mindful and courteous of individuals continuing to wear a mask.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be some areas of our ministry that will continue to implement program-specific guidelines on mask wearing that will be defined by the specific population being served. This will be necessary so that Platte Woods UMC can continue serving safely in our community. We are grateful for the support from our congregation as these determinations are made.
Many ministry activities have returned to the church over the past several months to GATHER for worship; GROW in learning, care and prayer; GIVE of time and talents; and GO out into missional service to others. Please continue to work with church staff and leaders to schedule these ministry activities so that building access is accommodated along with the coordinating of the facility schedule and specific use of the church gathering spaces.
As we strive to follow the Wesleyan principle “Do No Harm,” church leadership will continue to monitor the COVID-19 community level for our local area and the areas where we serve, responding accordingly. We are grateful to our church family for continuing to do its part to maintain a safe and healthy community.
As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to affect people in our community, Platte Woods UMC is committed to providing care and help. If you are in need of care or help, please complete our online form so that we can provide as much support as we are able. Our team of care workers will follow up with you as soon as possible. If you’d like to be involved in the ways PWUMC is supporting our community, please contact Brandi Molina, director of Missions, for more information!