Bishop Carter, the Cabinet, and the Annual Conference Planning Team announce that the regular session of Annual Conference 2020 will be a virtual-only event on Saturday September 19. We had hoped to be able to host a hybrid event at First Lakeland UMC, allowing for some to attend in person...
Finding ways to connect with members of a congregation who do not use the internet is a challenge for churches in the best of times. It has been even ...
Some Florida Conference churches have returned to in-person worship, but others either started and quickly shut down or never re-opened at all. It's ...
Frequently Asked Questions
- Practice frequent washing of hands.
- Wear a mask whenever you encounter others in public.
- Monitor your own symptoms related to health. If you don’t feel well, please stay home.
- Keep a six-foot distance from others.
- Maintain civil and open conversation with others.
Links: CDC Interim Guidance for Schools & Day Camps | CDC Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs | Child Care Reopening Operational Checklist | Parental Acknowledgement & Disclosure
For more information follow the links below.
We are praying for you during this season of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is clear that the number of cases continue to rise and the risks associated with the spread of this virus remain very real. We encourage you to continue to monitor the situation in your local context and throughout our state and adjust your plans for ministry accordingly. The Conference Office and your District Superintendent are here to support and resource you as needed.
Some of you have asked what you should do if a staff member, volunteer, or church member tests positive for COVID-19. Our Office of Ministry Protection has prepared this easy resource for you to follow with links to additional documents and guidance. Your District Superintendent can support you in following these protocols. Always remember to carefully protect the identities of infected persons to ensure that health privacy guidelines are maintained. The CDC and your local health department has helpful guidance around isolation and quarantine. OSHA has helpful guidelines around when it involves an employee. All of this and more is linked in this one PDF.
In the last week, we have had a number of churches report cases connected to their preschools, members, staff, and volunteers. We hope this resource helps guide you in your response.