UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP AND BUILDING USEAGE
For JANUARY – MARCH 2022
These Guidelines will be reevaluated in March 2022 and/or when needed prior to end of March. Guidelines as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, the State of West Virginia and the Health & Wellness Ad Hoc Committee:
Please always use best health practices when you attend the in-person worship services including:
- Common sense hygiene practices especially washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer
- Cough/sneeze into elbow
- If you are sick due to cold, flu, etc. refrain from attending worship
- ALL AGES need to wear a face mask when you attend in-person worship UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (masks will always be available at the entrances for anyone who needs ones)
Face Masks are required for all who enter the church building. Due to the surge in COVID cases in the state of West Virginia and in Jefferson County face masks are required for worship and indoor activities at church.
Hand sanitizer and face masks are always available at the entrances and you are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer when entering the building and you are welcome to take a mask if you need one.
We encourage physical distancing but we will not rope off the sanctuary at this time.
SINGING & COMMUNION: Please wear your face mask in worship at all times including while we sing. During Holy Communion, we will continue to use the individual cup/wafer sets and give people the option to take in the pew or take home.
NOTE: The Chancel Choir will sing with masks for January this will be reviewed for the following months.
We will continue to keep track of those who attend worship for possible trace contacting. It has also been an important way for us to know who are in worship.
OTHER CHURCH USEAGE (church committees, ministry groups like AA and Boy Scouts, special events)
Please follow best health practices. Wipe down surfaces and clean up after use. Face masks are required in the building from January 2022 until further notice. We will reevaluate these policies in end of March 2022 and/or when needed prior to the end of March.
FELLOWSHIP HOUR & POTLUCK DINNERS: We will not return to these kinds of fellowship opportunities until a later date when it is safe to do so.
THE ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE will continue. We will continue our online worship service which premieres on Sundays at 10 a.m. to the NSUMC Facebook page and YouTube channel.
REEVALUATION: The NSUMC Health & Wellness Team will reassess these updated guidelines at the end of March 2022 and/or when needed prior to the end of March 2022.
TESTING & VACINATING: There are many places that are offering COVID testing including the Shepherd University Wellness Center (blue tent in parking lot every Friday –FREE), Walgreens, Hollywood Casino, Ranson Convention Center and Urgent Care facilities. There are many places that are offering COVID vaccinations. See the County DHHR website for more information.
*FOR QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE HEALTH & WELLNESS TEAM: Pastor Dee-Ann, Kathy Blue, Carol Goldthorpe, Becky Lidgerding, Judy Pitzer, and Mary Jane Rinard.
(Re-Entry Guidelines Update – January 2022) →
Vaccine Clinics at the Ranson Civic Center
To schedule an appointment at one of these clinics call the Jefferson County Health Department: 304-728-8416
January 5th 2pm-6pm
January 7th 2pm-6pm
January 10th 2pm-6pm
January 12th 2pm-6pm
January 14th 2pm-6pm
- Pfizer, Moderna, and children’s Pfizer are available.
- Children have to be over 5 years old to get their first dose
- You can get a vaccine if it has been:
3 weeks between your1st and 2nd doses for the Pfizer vaccine
4 weeks between your 1st and 2nd dose for Moderna vaccine
- Booster shots are six months out from 2nd dose date (Moderna and Pfizer) and only available for peope16 years of age and older
Free COVID Testing Locations (all testing is send out unless specified as rapid testing available)
Martinsburg VA Hospital (for veterans enrolled in VA care and must meet CDC criteria for testing)
Appointment required call 304-263-0811
The following Walgreens Pharmacies: All are drive through testing and require an appointment
Walgreens, Shepherdstown 304-876-0505
Walgreens, Ranson 304-728-7713
Walgreens, Charles Town 304-724-0002
Walgreens, Inwood 304-229-0935
Walgreens, Martinsburg 304-262-4697
Med Express Urgent Care (no appointment needed, rapid testing and send out)
The Retail Commons Parkway 8 am to 7 pm (304-264-9730)
CVS, Inwood: (Drive through and appointment required) 304-228-4318
Shenandoah Community Health Center (Drive through and appointment required) 304-263-4999
Hollywood Casino West Parking Garage (Drive through and no appointment needed)
Monday through Friday 10 am-6 pm
Shepherd University outside the Wellness Center (Drive through and no appointment needed)
Tuesday and Thursday 12 pm -4 pm
Friday 10 am-5 pm
Saturday 10 am- 1 pm