The following guidelines are being adopted based on Governor Holcomb's Back on Track Stages and the recommendation of the Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
From the Indiana Conference Bishop, Julius Trimble:
"In a recent communication, as your Bishop I asked United Methodist Churches not to plan to meet before May 17. We believe it is still wise to plan "in person" worship no sooner than June 14. Further, in concert with the state's guidance regarding protecting those among us who may be more vulnerable, 65 and older or those with health concerns, all congregations are encouraged to consider gathering plans that are more conservative than the ones allowed in stages 2-5 of the state plan." (You can read Bishop Trimble's entire letter here.)
Therefore, Aldersgate UMC will return to in-person worship on June 14 if the situation allows. We will continue to offer our worship live stream at 9:30am each Sunday on our YouTube channel. Other virutal opportunities will be announced soon.
Other ministries of Aldersgate will resume beginning July 1. You can also stay connected by visiting our website, the Aldersgate Facebook page, and by subscribing to the Connect (our weekly e-newsletter).
Aldersgate's office will be staffed and return to regular business hours on May 11.
The Aldersgate Academy will resume their childcare activities on May 18 to support parents who are returning to work. The Academy is considered an essential service (Stage 2).
The support groups that meet at Aldersgate will be able to resume on May 11 under Stage 2 recommendations (limit of 25 people, social distancing, face masks highly recommended).
Non-ministry recreational and educational activities that take place at Aldersgate can resume under Stage 3 recommendations (up to 100, social distancing, face masks recommended). Aldersgate will open for these activities on May 26.
These recommendations have been adopted by the Aldersgate Executive Council on May 6, 2020 but may be changed at any time to adapt to the situation. We will continue to abide by the guidelines set forth by state and local government as well as the leadership of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.