On July 18th, St. James UMC hosted a successful Covid-19 testing event for the congregation and the community. More than 340 tests were administered with some participants arriving as early as 6AM for the 10AM start. We would like to thank the more than 30 healthcare professionals, servant workers and staff that assisted with this event.
First, I want to thank you for your continued prayers and support of the ministry here at St. James. We have so enjoyed interacting with you each Sunday during our virtual services and Bible Studies throughout the week. Your participation, comments and feedback are reminders of why we are here, and the importance of the work being done. Because of your faithful financial support, we have continued to be a blessing to our members as well as our ministry partners who are in critical need of financial assistance. We’ve been able to expand our virtual capabilities and conduct powerful and informative webinars such as COVID-19 Facts Not Fear and The Race Forward. We have grown and been stretched in many ways during this time, but we are thankful for God’s faithfulness through it all. That said, let’s talk about the next few weeks…. As you are well aware, our nation has been affected in so many ways since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. A few weeks ago, I informed you that our Bishop, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, announced that we were not to gather in person again before June 22. Amidst actively planning for reopening with proper social distancing and safety protocols in place as well as feedback from you, our target date for in-person worship was scheduled to be Sunday, July 26, 2020 assuming there were no dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, we have seen a dramatic increase in positive cases as well as an increase in hospitalizations. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to delay our reopening until Fulton County moves from a “Red Zone” County to an Orange or Yellow Zoned County!
We recognize that there are, and will continue to be, many questions around best practices for safe returns to worship. We also know how much we ALL want to be in the sanctuary singing, worshipping and fellowshipping face-to-face. During this season of social distancing, I want you to remember while the building is closed, WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE CHURCH and we are STILL OPEN, to share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone we encounter each and every day!
As we continue to navigate through this global pandemic, I am asking you to: Pray for the individuals & families affected by COVID-19; Pray for all front-line Health Care Workers; Pray for the government, the Church universal and the world.
Right now, we have exciting “New Things” happening in our St. James virtual church. We have online studies that we are currently offering at St. James on our website. We are developing new Zoom online bible studies designed to adequately equip you to handle the challenges of navigating in our “new normal” environment. I encourage you to participate and stay connected with us and each other during our streaming services each and every Sunday at 8 AM and 11:00 AM via our website, www.stjamesumc.org or any of our social media platforms. We will provide updates and more details regarding in-person worship protocols as we get closer to reopening. Until then, I ask that you continue to be in prayer as we maneuver through this new normal. Remember We Are the Church, Together and we still believe in Miracles! I Love you and I am constantly Praying for Each of You.
Be Well and Be Safe!
Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen, Sr. Pastor
St. James UMC will be offering drive-thru testing of COVID-19 on Saturday, July 18th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Test offered – COVID-19 and/or rapid pathogen panel. The results of this test will indicate whether a person has or has had COVID-19 at some point.
Results will be provided within 3 days. Please bring your ID and insurance card. *Insurance is not required to be tested. No one will be turned away.
Please RSVP on the button below, to help us plan accordingly. This event is open to the public.
Tuesday April 28th, 2020
First, I want to thank you for your continued prayers and support of the ministry here at St. James. Your sharing, caring and prayers and finances have allowed us to be in ministry both here to our own members and some of our ministry partners who are in need of financial assistance.
However, today I am informing you that our Bishop, Bishop Sue Haupert Johnson has indicated in the information to follow that we are not to gather again before June 22, 2020. On a personal note, I want you to know that the staff and leadership here at St. James will not open the doors until we are assured by our health care professionals that you are coming back to a very safe and sanitized environment. So, it appears that we will be in this “season” well after June 22 and so while we are in this Covid-19 environment here are a few things that I am asking that you do:
- Pray for the families of the COVID-19 victims.
- Pray for all front-line Health Care Workers.
- Pray for our President, Church and our world.
- Pray for people to come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
- Pray for the safe return of members as we prepare to gather again in our church.
And I want you to prepare for the following exciting “New Things” that will be on the not too distant horizon:
- We will be posting the current online studies currently at St. James on our website.
- New Zoom online bible studies and information are being developed that will equip you to handle areas such as:
d) Home Schooling
And we will add many more studies to make sure that you are adequately equipped to handle the challenge of navigating in our “new normal” environment.
Finally, we hope that you have been tuning in to watch our services each and every Sunday at 8 AM and 11:00 AM via Facebook Live and Live Stream on or website, www.stjamesumc.org. If the services and messages have been a blessing to you please let us know via the Web.
So, I look forward to joining you for this Sunday’s Communion Service!
Until then Be Well and Be Safe!
I Love and Pray for Each of You,
P.S, Remember, We Believe in Miracles!
Dear brothers and sisters of the North Georgia Conference,
We, your bishop and cabinet, greatly appreciate how you have followed the guidance we have shared regarding in-person worship. We know how much you miss each other and long to be together. After talking with medical experts and reviewing data today, we are asking you not to gather before June 22, 2020. This is the date current models predict that we in Georgia can begin safely relaxing our shelter-at-home strategies. We are, however, permitting drive-in worship as long as it complies with the guidelines set forth below.
We encourage you to take this time to prepare to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 when we do gather again for in-person worship. The cabinet will continue to meet weekly and will offer regular updates to our guidance.
Each of our churches is encouraged to continue providing expressions of church remotely. Your innovation and creativity through technology, phone calls, letters, and responding to practical needs is in keeping with our mission and our need for Christian community.
Please begin to consider the guidelines that follow. They were developed through conversations with public health and medical experts and, while they will not eliminate risk, they may help us mitigate risk.
Even in this uncertain time, what we are certain of is that loving our neighbor is the way of United Methodists. We give thanks for you and the ways you are loving your neighbors.
You are in our prayers,
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
The North Georgia Conference Cabinet
As we do our best to do no harm, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet continue to urge churches not to gather through May 13, 2020. On Monday, April 27, the bishop and cabinet will offer more guidelines on how to evaluate and plan for re-opening our church facilities when the time comes that we can safely do so. For now, know that you are appreciated and have been prayed for by your bishop and cabinet Bishop and Cabinet
Bishop and Cabinet Ask That Church Buildings and Property Remain Closed Through April 30
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet are grateful to clergy and congregations
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet are grateful to clergy and congregations for all you are doing to be the Church in your communities while keeping people safe and connected through this season of hardship and inconvenience. We thank you.
In order to live out John Wesley’s first general rule to “do no harm,” the Bishop and Cabinet strongly recommend and expect that all church buildings and properties remain closed until April 30, 2020. They will offer updated advisement on April 27, 2020.
Any specific questions about regulations for sheltering in place in local communities should be directed to local authorities of those municipalities.
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson shares an update with North Georgia United Methodists click the image below to watch the video