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
Phase 2.1 Addendum (11/10/20): Outdated
OHFUMC Reopening Plan (2/5/21): Outdated