As we’ve all heard, the state is lifting all mandates relating to COVID-19 due to the decrease in cases and increase in vaccinations. With this large shift in state mandates, the leadership team has met and considered the repeal of these policies, the evolving CDC guidelines and the recommendations of our bishop, all with the directive to lay out a roadmap for Rural Chapel’s evolving COVID-19 policies.


Our main principle was to provide a place of worship and community that feels both safe and welcoming for everyone.

So, what are the nuts and bolts of these new policies?

Beginning Sunday, June 6, Rural Chapel UMC will implement the below changes to our COVID 19 plan.

  • Masks - We will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated individuals. We recommend those who are not vaccinated to continue to wear masks. We encourage everyone to be respectful of individual’s choices and actions as we transition from this time of restrictions. We want everyone to feel welcome based upon their own personal protocols.
  • Livestream & Wellness Checks – The Livestream of Sunday services is continuing for anyone who wishes to worship from home. We especially encourage those that are not feeling well to stay home and join us on the livestream at
  • Directional Flow – Guests are again welcome to enter through the front doors of our church!
  • Seating – We will be rearranging the chairs in the coming weeks to better reflect our new protocols. The layout will allow for group seating, as well as more socially distanced seating configurations, to meet everyone’s needs.
  • Coffee – We are so excited to once again offer Keurig coffee services during our Sunday services! This will be self-monitored and we ask that everyone do their part to keep the area sanitized (hand sanitizer will be at the station for your use).
  • Communion – To ensure the health and safety of all our members and guests, we will continue to provide individual communion servings for the foreseeable future.
  • Bulletins –We will once again be offering printed bulletins at worship.
  • Offering – Our offering drop off will continue to remain at the front entrance of the church for the time being. We continue to welcome mail-in offerings, as well as online offering through our website at

As with all things we’ve learned over the past 16 months, flexibility is an absolute necessity, so while the above guidelines meet the needs of our community based upon current recommendations, we will continue to monitor the situation and reserve the right to adjust these policies at any time, based upon community conditions.

That being said, we are happy to set a path to more ‘normal’ activities. We are excited to see everyone who feels comfortable attending in-person services, and look forward to continuing to grow our community of faith via our livestream options as well.

If you have any questions about the above policies, please reach out to us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

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