SUMC’s Covid-19 Updates

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, we want to stay connected with the Sterling UMC Community. Below are the ways in which Sterling UMC is approaching the Covid-19 situation and how we want to stay connected with you during this time!

Right now, the best way to stay up to date with Sterling UMC is by following us on facebook and checking your email for our church wide updates. If you do not receive those updates, you can sign up here. If you already subscribe to our list but are not receiving these updates, be sure to check your junk or spam folders – sometimes our emails can get lost in those places.

We know that businesses, schools and other establishments being shut down is daunting. It can be easy to slip into anxiety and panic, so we want to encourage you that God is in control – even over this virus. Take time to connect with each other and with God in new and different ways. We are still able to form community and connections right now – it is just going to look a little different. Please know that we are here for you and your family during this time and do not hesitate to reach out with concerns, prayer requests or needs – we are a church for our community.

In Person Events

We are now offering three opportunities for In-Person Worship as we return to our normal schedule. All of our services will be held in our Sanctuary and we ask that everyone who wishes to attend pre-register each week so that we are able to properly prepare for the number of service attendees.

Traditional Worship on Sunday’s at 9 a.m. in the Sanctuary
to pre-register for this service, please click here.  Nursery services available.
Spanish Language Worship on Sunday’s at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary
to pre-register for this service, please click here.  Nursery services available.

Contemporary Worship on Sunday’s at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary
to pre-register for this service, please click here. Nursery services available.

Please pre-register for the service each week, so that we are able to properly prepare for the number of service attendees. If you pre-register we will prepare a name tag for you.  We also are encouraging the wearing of masks for the time being.

Note: The guidelines have been updated recently on the new registration form for you to review.

Post Covid Re-Entry Update as of August 4, 2021

Church Building Mask Requirements:

  • Masks are required inside the church building for all activities.
  • By wearing masks, we protect our congregation, school personnel who will soon return to school, and the most vulnerable in our community.
  • Staff and volunteers working with unvaccinated youth must wear masks.
  • The Sterling mask policy will continue to be updated to follow current CDC Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

Room Capacities:
Groups are encouraged to use the largest rooms available regardless of group size.

  • 15 classroom rooms (including upstairs classroom in Jacobus)
  • 25 Lower level of Jacobus
  • 25 in the youth room
  • 75 Gallihugh Hall

Food:

  • No meal centric events should be scheduled at this time (dinners, lunches, etc).
  • Groups and ministries may choose to provide or allow individually. packaged snacks and drinks.
  • Prepackaged individual meals may be consumed.

Group Leaders

  • Review meeting guidelines and contact the church office if exceptions are needed.
  • Take attendance including contact information.
    • Turn attendance into the office to enable contact tracing if needed.
  • Establish group specific policies that are equal to or more restrictive than church policies to ensure safety while allowing for the most inclusive and welcoming environment for ministry and fellowship.

On Line Worship Services

Sterling UMC will continue to provide a virtual worship service at 11 a.m. via two online platforms. You can tune in on Facebook Live or on YouTube Live – whichever you prefer! The Sterling UMC Facebook Page and YouTube channel are both linked below. Once you click on your preferred method of watching, you should see the live video pop up either on our Facebook Page or YouTube channel.

Facebook Live

YouTube Live

 

Children’s Ministry

We want to stay connected with you! Heather Toth, our Children’s Director, will continue posting Children’s Ministry resources on the Sterling Kid’s and Youth Facebook Page – join today!

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Group is holding in person Youth Group outdoors-only on Sundays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm (Note, the summer schedule is not every week). All youth are asked to pre-register in order to attend. Please email for more information.

Church Office

The hours that the building is open have been reduced due to the reduction in church activities and to limit contact.  The church office is currently open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Please access through the front entrance and sign in at the sign-in station. Masks are required to be worn in the building.