Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
into this safe {and sacred} space.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to come and know the heart of God.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to share their lives in service with us
into ALL the world.

It is out of the heart of our collective understanding of God’s complete and unconditional love that we invite, encourage support, love, and welcome ALL in our Bay View, Milwaukee community.

Your Accountable Leadership Board has been meeting every two weeks online to discuss, and monitor the concerns of the church. As the various Orders from the State and local governments are set to expire this week, we want to share guidance on how we plan to continue church, and provide for the safety and wellbeing for all that would use our space. 

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Resetting our Expectations 

Though in the beginning many of us had mental images of all returning at once to our churches in celebration, we are now recognizing that returning to church will have to happen in phases.

What future we will find ourselves in depends not only on the behavior of the virus, but on the actions of people – as individuals, churches, communities, and governments. The way forward will not be a matter of following a timetable, but of faithfully discerning the signs of the times, and responding accordingly.  It has always been that way for the church: “You have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown….”

Please understand: for at least the next year, we anticipate our lives to be shaped by the timeline set by COVID-19.  We face difficult choices between conflicting needs and imperatives. If we push the envelope too far by reopening our buildings and resuming gatherings prematurely, we may unfairly force on our more vulnerable members the choice between keeping themselves and others safe and participating in congregational life like everyone else.

We are staying informed by following updates disseminated by local, state, and federal public health agencies, which is key to putting preparedness into action. We seek out and listen to trusted sources that have been monitoring COVID-19 and issuing updated information, resources, and recommendations.

We pray for a spirit of discernment, for wisdom, and patience. We pray for researchers and medical professionals; for the planners; for the ill and recovering; for those grieving and struggling with the weightiness of these times. We pray for the watchers and wonderers, and all those who wait upon the Lord.

06/16/20 Update

While the Bishop Hee-Soo Jung gave June 21st as a date we may return to church, we, as a board, discussed pushing the date back.

There were a variety of reasons for this. We would like to see the downward trends of positive COVID cases be a little more significant, how the Black Lives Matter marches may affect the cases, and make sure we have the proper safeguards in place to protect one another once we ​do​ return to our church building.

We do not have a date to start, yet. However, we will be discussing a more detailed idea of what Church may look like at our next meeting on June 29th.

Here is a brief outline of what we will be putting into place once we return to our sanctuary.

General Overview

  1. Please stay home if you are feeling like you have any COVID-19 or flu likesymptoms (including but not limited to fevers, nausea, shortness of breath, orchills, etc).
  2. Be prepared to use a lot of hand sanitizer, wear a mask, and get your temperaturechecked.
  3. Coffee Hour and social time will be on pause for the time being.
  4. Please follow the directions of the greeters, ushers, and other volunteers.
  5. We will continue having an online service, though the format of such may evolveand change.
  6. If you have questions that are not answered in this document, please email theALB at ​contact_alb@bayviewumc.org.

Entering and Exiting the Church

  1. We will only be entering from the front door on KK and Clement.
  2. Upon arrival, Greeters will open the door for you, give you some hand sanitizer,and check your temperature.
  3. We ask that you wear a mask to keep COVID transmission to a minimum. We willhave some masks available should you need one upon arrival.
  4. Once you arrive, we ask that you be immediately seated in your pew.
  5. Ushers will dismiss pews at the end of service.
  6. We ask that as you exit the church, please use hand sanitizer on your way out. If so desired, take extra precaution and wash hands and clothes upon returning home.

Celebrating Service

  1. Please arrive on time. Ushers will seat families six feet apart from one anotherand every other pew.
  2. Music will be provided by piano, organ, and (potentially) bells. As of now, we willnot be singing or having orchestra because there is a higher risk of transmissioneven with masks.
  3. Our nursery will be temporarily closed because we would not be able to keep aclean environment safe for our young people.
  4. During passing of the peace, we ask that you acknowledge one another but do nottouch one another.
  5. If you have joys and concerns, please send them to Pastor Kevin in an emailahead of time. We will not be passing the mic for the time being.
  6. The collection baskets will be located by the entrance of the sanctuary. Pleaseplace your offering in the basket as you enter.
  7. We will not be having Coffee Hour or socialization time before or after service tohelp minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  8. Our bathrooms will be available for limited use. Please try to take care of thoseneeds before arriving.

Thank you for your time and continued support. We are in deep, meaningful discussions on how to continue to minister to the church and people around us while not being in the physical building (as well as how to get back into the building). As Pastor Kevin said, we need to take church to the streets. Church hasn’t stopped. Love of God and Christ hasn’t stopped. We thank you so much for your prayers and support as we figure out how to lead our ship through this.

In Christ’s Love,
Your Accountable Leadership Board