Stay Open Plan

When we made the decision to reopen in-person worship in September, the agreed-upon methodology was to make decisions to open/close worship based on the number of COVID cases in both Fulton County and our local area. At the time, there was no precedent to follow, and we set this policy based on information available at the time.

Since then, we have learned a great deal. With the help of our Health and Hospitality Team, we’ve developed safety guidelines and cleaning measures that give us confidence that we’re doing all we can to gather safely; and we believe for those who are comfortable, in-person worship is highly valued and needed.

We are, therefore, transitioning to a plan to remain open for in-person worship unless there is a trend or event that causes one of our leaders to call for a Leadership Team Meeting to consider closing.

In the meantime, we will continue to publish COVID data weekly to allow attendees to make their own, informed decisions about attending. We will continue diligent safety measures including requiring reservations, wearing masks, taking temperatures, social distancing, and fogging/disinfecting between services.

The current strategy for reopening the remainder of the church including groups and events will be followed, and we do not anticipate opening for these activities until the numbers of COVID cases is reduced to the green zone (<1 new case/day/100K).

Notices of any closures will be communicated through multiple venues including the Friday E-news and social media.


Number of New Daily Cases for majority of geography of AFUMC Active Attendees
(7-day Moving Average)