Greetings St. James Family and Friends,
As you are aware, Covid-19 infections have increased dramatically in our community. The Omicron variant is highly transmissible and seems to be fueling the spike. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to pause all in-person services, ministry meetings/activities, bible studies, and events at the church through the end of January. This includes Watch Night, the Leadership Retreat/Consecration, and the MLK Celebration. Please monitor all St. James communications platforms for updates on virtual presentations of these services/events.
Our Re-Opening Team is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as required.
The Lord is on our side. Continue to give him praise in all that we say and do!
Rev. Dr. Gregory Williams
Senior. Pastor St. James UMC
If you have been on the St. James UMC Campus in the last 14 days and either of the following apply:
- Tested positive for Covid-19
- Been exposed to someone that has tested positive for Covid-19
Please call or email our Membership Coordinator at 678-762-1543 ext. 2170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be prepared to provide:
- Date and time you were on campus
- Service, meeting or event you were attending
- Names of individuals you may have come in contact with
Your information will remain completely confidential as we attempt to ensure appropriate contact is made with anyone that may have been exposed.
6.15.21 St. James Family and Friends,
St. James is planning many outdoor events this summer to facilitate worship, VBS, concerts and events in a safer and more engaging manner. St. James will not require masks for outdoor activities on our campus. This is primarily due to the dramatic drop in infection rate in the North Atlanta Metro as reported by the Brown University Department of Public Health statistics used for guidance by the North Georgia Conference.
For the current time, masks will still be required for all indoor functions.
St. James Family,
The CDC recently updated its guidelines on relaxing mask requirements both indoors and outdoors for individuals that are fully vaccinated. The new guidelines have led to confusion and frustration as states, business establishments and schools have tried to implement the changes. Your safety and peace of mind are paramount during this pandemic.
Our Reopening Team which includes medical and public health professionals is recommending that we continue to use our in-place mask and social distancing protocols to eliminate any concerns on the St. James campus.
We are planning events off campus and will encourage mask and social distancing at those events.
The Reopening Team will continue to monitor the vaccine rate and Covid 19 statistics and adjust our protocols accordingly.
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.