What are we doing?
1. Following rules set out by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Frederick County government, and Maryland state government.
2. Limiting access to our buildings
Our buildings are only open to the public on Sunday mornings for our 10:30 service. During the week, access to the buildings is limited to those that are essential for worship, cleaning, and building maintenance. Please enter using the side door at the top of the ramp. If you need to leave while people are gathering or reenter while leaving you may use the side door for cross traffic.
3. Completing thorough cleaning
All spaces are cleaned after each use following required guidelines.
4. Worshiping in Miller Hall
We are holding our worship service in Miller Hall. The surfaces in the room are easier to clean and sanitize. Seating is folding chairs which are limited to the number of people that can safely be in the room while maintaining distance. There are blue tape markers along the walls marking where the front leg of the row of chairs should be positioned. We are not currently offering child care but children are more than welcome to attend worship in Miller Hall with their families. Bathrooms will be open (kitchen area is off limits for the time being). Please use at your risk and be courteous and conscience that other people will be using a “shared space”.
5. Wearing face masks
Everyone is wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.
6. Staying 6 feet apart
Stay at least 6 feet apart from those that are not living in your house. If you move closer it is at your own risk. Please maintain social distance in all areas on the property (parking lot, ramp, miller hall, etc).
7. Staying at home when not feeling well
If you have a cough, shortness of breath, or have had a fever within the past 24 hours, we kindly ask to you stay at home in order to protect the health of others.
8. Taking attendance
Upon arrival at our worship service, a greeter will mark off your attendance. If you are a visitor, you may provide a name and contact information or simply be listed as “visitor”. If a person is diagnosed with coronavirus within 2 weeks of attending worship at our church, we will contact those that attended during the same time period. No names, contact information, or identifying features will be shared.
9. Offering online worship videos
Videos of the service will be available after our Sunday services. Due to technical limitations, we are unable to offer live worship streaming at this time. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFfrWbRyQ7Ln1_GEGesKJPg/videos
10. Using individually packaged communion cups
Communion elements will be pre-placed in sealed containers on the chairs. There will also be a baggie. Please place the container trash in the baggie and deposit it in the trash can by the door as you exit.
11. Not singing
We are not allowed to sing during in-person events due to the possibility of spreading germs. Music is pre-recorded and played on a large screen. Feel free to hum along to the songs!
12. Leaving the offering plate on the table
There is a small table near the door with the offering plate. Please leave your offering in the plate on your way in or out. If you are not comfortable leaving it there, you may mail a check to the church at PO Box 399, Buckeystown, MD 21717 or donate online at http://buckeystownumc.com/portfolio/. * make checks out to Buckeystown United Methodist Church