worship in person

Our capacity for in-person worship has increased to 50% capacity. 

We will also no longer be asking people to register since our limit is higher. 

At the moment we are developing our own Local Practices, adhered to the CDC and governmental guidance, for other in-person worship and other church activities.


Our response to covid-19

While Covid-19 cases are going down and more people are getting vaccinated, it is important to acknowledge that there are still risks in gathering crowds of people together. 

With that in mind, our church is still cautiously approaching our reopening, and we ask that you follow these guidelines at this time:

  • Masks are now optional for those who have been fully vaccinated. People who are unvaccinated are required to wear masks inside.
  • Tape barriers are being removed, social distancing is still encouraged.
  • We will no longer take temperatures
  • Congregational singing is still on hold -- You are encouraged to participate by humming, clapping, body percussion, etc. Our singers will continue to wear masks since singing produces more aerosols.
  • Fresh Air Fellowship will continue outside. The weather is great right now, so chat and connect with your church family in the upper parking lot after Sunday worship!
  • Groups can meet in the building again. Small groups, meetings, and outside organizations are welcome back to meet in our building. Please schedule any gatherings through our Communications & Operations Administrator, Amy Conner (360.675.2441 or office@oakharborfumc.org).

*While we don't anticipate moving backward, there is always a possibility that Covid numbers could take a negative turn and we could need to resume some of these restrictions. It's also possible that when the time comes when we can all sing together again, we will need to initially do so with masks on.

reimagining life together

As part of a globally connected denomination, our church follows the guidelines set by our Pacific Northwest Conference/Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, under the leadership of Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky. After much research and consideration, our conference released guidelines for phased reopening of our churches called Reimagining Life Together. This approach is sometimes a slower, more cautious one than what is required by our state government so that we may focus on doing no harm, doing good, and staying in love with God.

Bishop Stanovsky allowed churches with an approved Phase 2 reopening plan to move into that phase in June 2020, which our church did. In November 2020, Phase 2.1 was created as a way to allow some in-person gatherings to start without fully moving into Phase 3. OHFUMC submitted our Phase 2.1 plan in February 2021, and it was approved. Our eligibility to remain in Phase 2.1 can fluctuate based on Covid-19 data in Island County.

Find out more about the PNW Conference's response and guidelines or read OHFUMC's detailed reopening plans:

Greater Northwest Area Covid-19 Response

Reimagining Life Together Guidelines (5/5/21)

Phase 2.1 Addendum (11/10/20): Outdated

OHFUMC Reopening Plan (2/5/21)Outdated