At this point, the leadership wants to understand how you have been engaging with our various forms of ministry during this pandemic and to gain your input.
We invite you to complete a brief, five-minute survey to let us know how you've been staying connected with us!
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 (Ralph, Jennifer, Kelly, 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.