As of June 10, 2020

Dear members of St. John's

The Reopening Committee Task Force has been hard at work creating guidelines for us to begin Worshiping Together Again, and to reopen our building for in-person worship, gatherings, and meetings. This task force consists of 15 people, including Staff, Lay Leaders, Committee Chairs, Trustees, a Public Health Expert, and Doctors. We will not be able to Worship in-person together until we meet the criteria for Phase 1 and 2 and move into Phase 3 of our guidelines. At this time, we cannot place a firm date on when Phase 2 and Phase 3 will begin. Please note, this Task Force has been looking at all local data points, and not just dates on a calendar. Local data is driving movement between phases.We recognize that other churches and organizations are opening their facilities sooner than St. John's UMC, and we are eager to gather together again. However, we have considered the risks and remain confident in our ability to stay connected to each other and our Christian Community virtually until it is safe for all of us to meet together in-person again.

Of course, while currently our building is closed, we want to remind you that the Church is never closed.

Please find the links below to the Phased Plan for Worshiping Together Again and Frequently Asked Questions. We are currently in Phase 1. If you have a question that was not addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions Document, there is a link to a google form at the end of the FAQ's for you to ask additional questions. Each question will be addressed individually and may be included in future FAQ's.

Please remember that the Coronavirus spreads mainly by person-to-person contact. The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to act prudently and avoid exposures.

Worshiping Together Again Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

As of April 1, 2020

St. John's UMC Family,

After a lengthy meeting, it has been decided to close the church effective today, March 16, 2020. We hope to resume a regular schedule as quickly as possible, but are following all CDC and State and Local guidelines, and will adjust as needed in the weeks and days after April 30th. This means that all church services, events, and in-person meetings have been canceled through the end of the month. We will be live streaming our Sunday Services and will continue to do so while we are closed. We will then make week to week decisions based on the latest information available. If you need help setting up a Facebook account, please email Hannah.

Please know that we are taking every precaution necessary to make sure our church will be cleaned, disinfected, and looked after. The staff will be working, some in the office and some remotely. All staff will be available via email or cell phone (contact information will be listed at the bottom of this email.)

We have temporally disabled member and weekday ministry code numbers at all entrances. If you need access to the building, please contact a member of the staff.

We know this is a strange, new and unsettling time for us all. You may be looking for ways to help, or in need of help.

If you need assistance with basic errands or day to day needs and are in a "high risk" group, or if you can help anyone in a "high risk" group, please email Sarah Crockford. We will match people in need of care with people available to assist.

Please continue worshiping through your tithes, offerings, and pledges. The work of the church will continue during this time, and needs are higher than before. We are making every effort to minimize expenses and maximize our resources, as our staff is working to engage with the church and community in new ways. You can either mail your contributions (321 S. Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730), give online through the St. John's App via Push Pay, or you can text stjohnsrhgive to 77977.

You can give to the Pastors Discretionary Fund, by choosing the Pastors Discretionary Fund option on the Drop-Down menu on Push Pay, or mailing a check, with Discretionary Fund in the memo. The Discretionary Fund will be used to assist families that have financial hardship during this time. The Preschool and After-School programs have closed for now, which could create a financial hardship for those employees. Some of our church families are employed in industries that will be shut down. If you find yourself in a hardship, please contact either Rodney or Ryan, and we will offer whatever assistance we can.

Please continue to check your email and social media accounts and share it with anyone who may not have received this information.

We will continue to update with news and information through email, social media, and on the church website.

Please know that we love each of you and are praying for your families. We encourage you to check on your neighbors and seek to be the church to a hurting world; however, you can. Remember, in the coming days, our call to do good, do no harm, and stay in love with God.

St. John's UMC Staff-
Dr. Rodney Powell- or 803-617-9524
Rev. Ryan Powell- or 980-275-1844
Dr. Timothy Belflowers- or 704-340-6408
DC Horne- or 803-517-2144
Sarah Crockford- or 803-517-8004
Val Kenney- or 803-322-2909
Hannah Lunny- or 864-421-3042
Sharon Booth- or 603-547-5862
David Powell- or 803-627-2333