The AHUMC COVID-19 Response Task Force continues to monitor our changing environment closely.
The task force was created at the beginning of the pandemic to interpret data and how it impacts the church and our community. It is composed of pastors, congregants, board leaders and staff. Early on, it set four guiding principles: to follow conference recommendations, abide by the Wesleyan general rule of “do no harm,” love our neighbors and consider guidance from local, state and national officials.
The task force met on January 5 to review current local data as we enter the Spring semester.
It was learned from our medical community that the Omicron variant is exponentially more contagious than previous variants, though less likely to cause severe illness and death. Our hospitals are beginning to become stressed again, but it is manageable for now. Several other factors were discussed, including safety in worship and the operations of the church, including the Weekday School, Spring courses, youth, children and other ministry and outside activities.
For the immediate future, the AHUMC staff and volunteers will wear masks at all times while on campus and the church strongly encourages all visitors and congregants to do the same. This includes worship, classes, meetings and any other events. Signage will be posted at entrances as a reminder and, as always, hand sanitizer dispensers are available in high traffic areas, bathrooms are well-stocked with hygiene supplies and routine cleaning continues.
The task force will meet again on January 18 and continue to meet regularly.