IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING FUMC GRAHAM and the coronavirus (covid-19)


Latest update: 1/3/2021

Indoor In-Person Worship at First UMC Graham has been temporarily paused 

Our staff and key leaders have agreed that it is wise for us to pause our indoor, in-person worship gatherings temporarily. We will continue to offer worship that you can join from home during this beautiful season, and we invite you to share these opportunities with others who may be especially lonely or hurting during this season. 

Why are we pausing indoor, in-person gatherings? We do so out of a deep desire to love well during this pandemic time. Last week our Governor indicated that Alamance County is one of the places in North Carolina experiencing a high rate of community transmission of coronavirus, and that being in this Red Zone puts a strain on our local hospital and thus increases the risk that those needing treatment may face hardship. With holiday gatherings and travel, the case numbers are expected to rise as well. We pause out of an abundance of love and caution to not contribute to the rate of community transmission. 

This is a difficult decision especially for those who have enjoyed the opportunity to worship in the space we know as church. It is difficult as the holidays are for many of us when we most enjoy gathering with our church family and friends. We pause in order to give us all the opportunity to remain healthy and to increase the likelihood that when it is safe to gather again, we will all be able to do so. 

 

"On Lawn" Worship

Has been suspended for the cooler months. 


Online Worship

Online worship will continue at 9am and 11am on Sundays with with our prerecorded worship services until in-person worship is safe to resume. Meetings continue being held via Zoom. 


Playschool Closed

Due to concerns for the safety and health of our Playschool students and their families, as well as for the staff and their families, the Child Care Board of First United Methodist Church has decided to cancel all Playschool classes until the Fall 2021 Semester. For more information click here.



resources

Members of our community should follow the guidance of the CDC, NCDHHS and Gov. Cooper.

Specifically

  • Stay home if you are sick!!
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time, especially:
    - after going to a public place
    - after touching door handles, touch screens, gas pumps, ATM's, currency, tables and chairs
    - after blowing your nose or sneezing.
    - after using the restroom.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched such as: doorknobs, light switches, cell phones, computer keyboards and mice, steering wheel, tv remotes, sink and toilet handles, appliances (refrigerator, microwave, oven, washer, dryer)


Financial Hardships

Piedmont Natural Gas - temporarily suspended service disconnects for non-payment.

Duke Energy - temporarily suspended service disconnects for non-payment.

Verizon Wireless - temporarily suspended late fees and service disconnects for non-payment until 05/13/20.

AT&T - temporarily suspended late fees and service disconnects for non-payment until 05/13/20.

Sprint - temporarily suspended late fees and service disconnects for non-payment until 05/13/20.

Spectrum - offering free wifi for households with K-16 grades who do not already have internet access. Installation fees waived. Good through 05/13/20.


Website Links


Center for Disease Control

NC Department of Health and Human Services

Talking to Children about COVID-19


Contact the Church Office at 336-226-4343 or office@fumcgraham-nc.org if you have questions, need assistance with anything or just want to talk or pray with someone.

What you can do

Love your neighbor

• Wash hands and practice social distancing

• Drop off food and supplies to older adults and those in isolation

• Give a phone call to those who are staying at home, use a phone tree if you have one

• Connect with community programs who are helping children who are out of school

• Support local restaurants and businesses

• Share your abundance if you’ve got extra from your stockpile

• Find ways to support and nurture health care workers through prayer and providing a place of

respite

• Offer extra support to those in your community with mental health challenges such as depression

or anxiety

• Resist labeling people as overreacting or underreacting. Practice compassion.

• Remember that COVID-19 preparedness helps the most vulnerable.

• Share reputable information, not misinformation or rumor.) 


Faith at home

• Create a sacred space at home to pray and meditate

• Start a regular prayer practice

• Do acts of service together at home, reaching out to those who need company

• Spend time outside, breathing in fresh air and listing reasons to be grateful

• Bake and break bread together — talk about the parable of the yeast

Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly

• Read the Bible at dinnertime (stumped? Pray a Psalm together, or read the Gospel of Matthew)

• Make a prayer chain with gratitude or prayer requests. Watch it grow every day.

• Help children to feel secure and safe

• Draw or color your prayer requests. Post pictures and share with others, or mail to those who are isolated.

• Sing a simple song or hymn together from your faith tradition.

• Blow bubbles or fly a kite. Let them remind you of the Holy Spirit that moves in mysterious ways

• Make origami birds or butterflies as a symbol of hope and resurrection

• Feed the birds to remember how God cares for creation

• Remember play can be a spiritual practice


If you’re anxious

• Practice a news fast. Turn off social media and news. Try looking at news only one time per day.

• Practice breath prayer

Focus on what you can control and not what you can’t

• Go outside and listen to nature sounds. Think about God’s creation.

• Practice Sabbath

• Practice acts of generosity

• Do body prayer or restorative yoga

• Start a gratitude journal or practice

• Make a prayer journal

• When you don’t have the words to say, light a candle instead (or turn on a battery operated one.)

• Make and use prayer beads