Reopening our Church

Dear Statesboro First,

Thank you for the fantastic support you gave in completing the recent congregational survey. We had over two hundred responses and we are thankful for your insight into reopening Statesboro First United Methodist Church. Your input helped our church leadership make decisions regarding our plans to reopen in phases last year, beginning with in-person worship and continuing with other church events.
The survey from the summer of 2020 revealed to us that a majority of individuals are ready to return to in-person worship. However, there were a significant number of people who indicated that they will wait, or are unsure about returning; this represents 28% of our surveyed group.  We know that opinions are varied on this topic and we ask everyone to make the decision about returning to worship based on what is best for you, your health, and the health of your family. If you or a member of your family feels sick, or if you are at risk for contracting COVID-19 please stay safe and join us via our weekly live stream at Traditional and contemporary worship services are offered online. (901 Contemporary and 11:00 Traditional)

Yes, things will be different, but we are grateful to be able to come together for in-person worship once more, safely and successfully. Thank you for your commitment to Statesboro First United Methodist Church!

Jim Campbell                              Janice Smith                Rev. Stephanie Smith                Rev. Dr. Scott Hagan        
Chair, Church Council                Lay Leader                    Executive Pastor                        Senior Pastor 

Our Covid-19 Protocols:

As of August 2021:

  • Masks are encouraged from the parking lot to your pew/seat.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged for the duration of Worship during periods of high cases in Bulloch County. We believe that everyone wearing a mask in Worship will reduce our part in burdening the healthcare system.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be present at each entrance and exit.
  • Pews, Chairs, Restrooms and other high contact surfaces will be sanitized before and after each service.
  • Pews and chairs may be marked to help maintain social distance during periods of high cases in Bulloch County.
  • Congregational singing of hymns/songs will be reduced during periods of high cases in Bulloch County.
  • We won't have indoor meals or Wednesday night supper during periods of high cases in Bulloch County.
  • Everyone will be encouraged to visit and fellowship outside with the breeze following worship.