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Dear Florida United Methodists,
Some of you have asked about Friday’s executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis and whether it has any impact on our FLUMC COVID-19 guidance for in-person activities. Conference leaders have read the executive order. Our current FLUMC COVID-19 guidance has not changed. The focus of the executive order is on restaurant capacity and local government restrictions and fines.
Please read our latest guidance from September 8th in its entirety.
Below are a few summary points from our September 8th guidance.
Some key parts of our ongoing guidance:
At all times persons must maintain at least six feet of distance between family groups.
Masks or cloth face coverings are required when any group gathers (except for children under the age of 2).
Monitor your symptoms. Stay home if you are sick or displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive should adhere to the CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine.
All inside activities must be in well ventilated spaces that allow for persons to maintain at least six feet of distance between family groups. Outside activities are preferred over inside activities.
Our COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines are connected to the ongoing guidance and recommendations from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Governor Desantis’ order has not changed the guidance and recommendations of either group in terms of in-person, large gatherings.
Decisions about in-person activities will vary according to your church context. We understand there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach for every church around the conference. Contexts are different as cases rise at different rates (click here for a county and zip code break down). At all times churches should carefully follow the guidance of your city and county officials. Any decision to resume in-person activities should be affirmed by the pastor in consultation with a team of leaders and should be communicated to your District Superintendent.
All of our previous updates and resources are found on our COVID-19 website and in our FAQ section. If you have questions, please reach out to your District Superintendent or contact the Episcopal Office at [email protected].
The Peace of the Lord,
Bishop Ken Carter and The Cabinet of The Florida Annual Conference
The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. United Methodist congregations join many Christian churches across the globe for this celebration of unity among churches across denominations.
In United Methodist Churches around the world, a special offering is collected on World Communion Sunday to fund scholarships for seminarians. One half of the proceeds is for World Communion Sunday Scholars administered by the General Board of Global Ministries. The remaining one half is for the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program, which are administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Recent pastors from Trinity who have benefited from scholarship and educational funding through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry include The Reverends Jonathan Brewster and Neal Avirett, along with Certified Candidate, Nick Quinton (studying now to be a Deacon in the United Methodist Church), and most recently, Hannah Prasse who is a Declared Candidate for Ministry and seeking certification through our District Committee on Ministry this coming year.
We encourage you to make a special gift this month to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. You may support our students through a gift to Trinity earmarked for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
We are excited to launch round two of our Educator Support project! We need 10 volunteers who will pick up already made meals from Trinity and deliver them to our educators. Volunteers will pick up the meals on Wednesday, Oct 7th from 3-4pm. Please use the sign up below to let us know if you can help.
For more info, contact Amy Leach at
In response to the recent survey about small group offerings on race and racism, we are excited to announce two new events!
Here is info and how to sign-up!
Please see our web page for info on the upcoming Lay Academy
Greetings Trinity family, I pray this message finds you well. Today I invite you into discernment about how best to love God and love our neighbors (Matt. 22:36-40). Over the past few months the Greatest Commandment has provided Scriptural grounding for our ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic. This call to love has affected all our […]
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