← Return to Worship

In-Person Sanctuary Worship

    Dear Athens First UMC family,

    Over many meetings, the issue as to when and how we return to in-person, in-sanctuary worship has been a topic discussed by the members of the Task Force on Health and Welfare. After much conversation and prayerful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Athens First United Methodist is open for worship as of October 11. On that Sunday and for the foreseeable future, we will have one service at 11:00 a.m.

    As we have shared previously and as all of us have become accustomed to, specific protocols will be required, including the wearing of masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing. To achieve social distancing standards involving ingress and egress and seating in the sanctuary, attendance will be limited to only 100 worshippers. An online sign-up page will be available for those who wish to attend worship in person.

    As we learn more about how to conduct worship in a safe and welcoming way, we will continue to livestream the 11:00 a.m. service. If you are not feeling well or are in an at-risk group, or if you decide that it is helpful for your family, we encourage you to continue to worship with us via the streaming service. This Task Force will continue to discuss what we learn and how we work toward gradually expanding attendance and opening our building to activities beyond Sunday worship.

    We thank you for your continued prayers and support.

    The Health and Welfare Task Force
    Peter Shedd, Chairperson
    Dr. Hugh Jenkins
    Dr. David Ryan
    Penny Hodges
    Jim Timberlake
    Martha Aenchbacher
    Betsy Butler
    Bob Winstead

    Learn more about the North Georgia Conference gathering guidelines.

    Path to Gathering