COVID-19 UPDATE

November 13, 2021

Dear St. James Family,
Your Health and Welfare Committee has come together again to discuss how to best care for our community during this pandemic. Thank you so very much for all of your support and for your commitment to one another's health. We have adjusted our guidelines for our church given the recent decline in cases in the Atlanta area, the end of the Atlanta mask mandate, and the availability of vaccine boosters and vaccines for children. Our new guideline also takes into consideration the upcoming increase in group gatherings with the holidays, the time it may take for individuals to complete the vaccine series or to get booster shots, and the recent rise in cases within our country. Our new guideline is as follows:


  • Masks are strongly recommended inside our church building, especially where larger groups may gather - groups that may include children not-yet-fully-vaccinated, individuals who are more vulnerable to breakthrough infections, and those who are immunocompromised. We will be sure that masks are available to you at these gatherings as we know that wearing a mask is sometimes no longer the norm for some. 


Our hope is that the situation will continue to improve and that the new year will bring even better news! Thank you for your faithfulness.




Kindly,
Christie Hunt
Max Vincent

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September 16, 2021

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August 12, 2021

Hello Church Family, 

I hope you are doing well and staying healthy.  The Health and Welfare Committee recently met.  At this time, given the current state of the pandemic, we have determined the following is the best approach for our community:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, for all church-sponsored activities, masks are required inside the church building and when in close, enclosed spaces for everyone except for very small children and when briefly eating or drinking.

  • We are strongly recommending that camps, organizations, and vendors using our building also require masks to be worn by all participants when inside.  

  • We will continue offering virtual worship services for those who are unable to attend in-person worship.

  • Please do not attend church events if you are feeling unwell, test positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Please call the church office if you test positive for COVID-19 and have recently been on the church campus.  This way we may alert others to a possible exposure.  

We hope this current spike in cases will be brief and that we will return to a mask-optional environment soon.  We will continue to watch this fluid situation and monitor the advice of our guiding and governing organizations.  If, unfortunately, the situation continues to worsen, we may need to add additional limitations.  


Thank you for your continued support.  Please reach out to me if you have thoughts, concerns, or feedback you would like to share with the Health and Welfare Committee.


Kindly,
Christie Hunt


All St. James UMC events are contingent upon COVID-19 guidelines. 
Please check the website regularly for our updated COVID-19 guidelines as they continuously develop.  
We will continue to watch the science and recommendations. 

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July 30, 2021

Unfortunately, it seems our mask-free days were short lived.  I'm sure you, just like the members of the Health and Welfare Committee, have a myriad of feelings, emotions, opinions, dashed hopes, and frustrations related to the current increases in COVID cases.  At our next meeting of the Health and Welfare Committee on August 10, we will carefully review the state of the pandemic and reevaluate our guidelines for our church community.  In the interim, we have determined that it is best to heed the advice of the CDC and to follow the mandate established by the City of Atlanta.  At this time:

    • Masks are required by all (except very small children) when in the church building, regardless of vaccination status.

    • We are strongly recommending that camps and vendors using our buildings also require masks to be worn by all participants when inside.

    • We encourage all unvaccinated people, who are able, to get vaccinated per their doctor's recommendation.  If unvaccinated, we encourage individuals to wear a mask at all times when inside the building and when unable to socially distance outside.

    • We ask that anyone who has a fever or who feels unwell stay at home and not attend church activities.

    • Virtual services will continue.

      All St. James UMC events are contingent upon COVID-19 guidelines. Please check the website regularly for our updated COVID-19 guidelines as they continuously develop.  
      We will continue to watch the science and recommendations. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. 

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