Covid Re-opening Plan Statement

COVID-19 RE-OPENING PLAN STATEMENT

With careful thought, prayer, and consideration, Red Lion Zion UMC has reopened for services on Sundays at our regular times (9 a.m. Traditional and 11:15 Contemporary, with adult Spiritual Growth Groups at 10:15 a.m.).

In these anxious and uncertain days, as the world faces the threat of COVID-19, we remain the body of Christ, dependent on God’s grace and dependent on each other.

While we are blessed and excited to now able to gather together, we also recognize everything cannot be the same as it once was – many necessary changes have been implemented in order to protect your health and the health of our congregation.

Our reopening plans include the following:

1. Face coverings should be worn by all those attending our church unless prohibited by health reasons; remember that wearing a mask is the governor’s mandate and that masks are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19). If you do not have a mask, we can provide you with one. Please ask a greeter as you enter church.

2. We have roped off alternate pews in order to allow for proper social distancing and ask that you sit only with your household and maintain a six foot distance from others. In order to prevent our sanctuary from getting too crowded, we provide overflow seating in our Fellowship Hall with the service live-streamed on a large screen television.

3. We ask that you do not attend if you have a fever, feel unwell, or have a cough or shortness of breath, other Coronavirus indicators, or have another in your household with symptoms, even if they are mild. It is always better safe than sorry!

4. Hand sanitizer is provided, and we ask that you utilize it upon entering. Please refrain from greeting each other with hugs or handshakes. Air hugs are encouraged!

5. Currently, our choir is not singing in order to protect their health. Words to hymns are available on screen so that using hymnals is not necessary.

6. Our church is cleaned/sanitized on a weekly basis after services.

7. We are not currently having children’s Sunday school or nursery, as it is difficult to keep children socially distanced, and maintain a sanitized environment with toys, craft items, etc. However, we strongly urge you to still bring your children! Each of our services welcomes the joy (and even noise) children and their laughter, love and curiosity bring to church, with our 11:15 a.m. service being ideal for young families. Feel free to utilize the Fellowship Hall if you need to stretch out a bit – the service is livestreamed and there is plenty of space.


We continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and the implications for you and our church and strive to provide a safe environment for our church family to gather. Together, as we navigate new ways of being in community, even in a time of isolation and illness, we live in the promise that Jesus is with us always.

We understand there are many opinions and ideas related to COVID-19 and the reopening of our state and nation as well as our church. For some people, it is too soon to regather; for others, it is not soon enough. Many were excited to return as soon as our doors opened again; others have decided to wait for a period of time before returning. You must decide what is best for you and your family, and whatever you decide is perfectly fine. We will support you, care for you, and wish to continue to help you grow in Jesus Christ in any way we can. We will continue to provide audio recordings of our Sunday sermons as well as weekly devotionals from Ron Pelletier on our website.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need support, or other accommodations during this difficult time, please reach out to Pastor John 717-319-8317, Judy, our Staff/Parish Relations, 717-515-2155, or Patty Greer, our Admin Chair, 410-299-3802. Prayer requests may be made to the pastor or church office at 717-244-2585 or churchoffice@redlionzionumc.org.