During this ongoing pandemic, the church leadership values your feedback to help us better respond to your spiritual and emotional needs, while also considering when and how to implement in-person worship safely (acknowledging it will take several weeks to prepare). This should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you!
Be committed. Be well.
The Healthy Church Team of Blacksburg United Methodist Church
Our Healthy Church Team (HCT) continues meeting to monitor the requirements of the Virginia Conference UMC, the guidance of our elected officials, and advice from health experts in order to determine when and how we will begin offering opportunities for in-person worship and other church functions.
Most importantly, we are seeking God’s guidance in these decisions.
We have discerned that we would be best served if we make no immediate changes through this time of welcoming our new pastors, Brad and Mandy.
This frees our clergy, staff and church leadership to do these important pastoral transitions well, and also to develop guidelines so that we might try smaller gatherings for other ministries (small groups, missions, etc.).
The 11-member task force is chaired by Tom Gabbard and includes representation from both BUMC campuses. Membership includes 2 trustees (Tom Gabbard & Shane Larkin), Chair and Vice-Chair of Council (Eric Kaufman & Anthony Dove), an attorney (Jen Friedel), a healthcare professional (Dr. Chris Mertes), and all 5 current and incoming BUMC pastors (Jennifer, Brad, and Mandy). Beyond this group, we intend to consult others who may have information that would be critical to the development of our plan.
The Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has now released a handbook and other documents that provide specific guidance and strict requirements that must be followed by local churches as they prepare for a return to in-person worship and other gatherings.
BUMC Small Group Requirements
Our Healthy Church Team and Ronoake District Superintendent has approved a plan to allow Small Group Gatherings to take place at BUMC. The following are documents that outlay the requirements of all small groups to observe in order to safely and prayerfully consider to gather again on church grounds:
Building and room space will be limited during this time. All room reservations and inquires for BUMC Small Groups can be directed to our Youth Director, Meghan Craig via email (email@example.com) or by phone at (540) 552-5424 ext. 6
Non-church affiliated and other community groups interested in room reservations should direct inquiries to Associate Pastor Jennifer Fletcher (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chair of the Trustees Committee Tom Gabbard (email@example.com) for approval.