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June 6 Church Re-Opening and Re-Opening Guidelines

June 6

Welcome Back!

After 60+ Sundays being apart from each other, Epworth is excited to announce that in-person worship will resume on Sunday, June 6. We will have 2 in-person services (9:00 and 11:00 a.m.) in addition to our regular 10:00 a.m. online service.


Safety is Our Priority

Since safety is our number one priority, Worship will be looking a bit different than the last time that we were together. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we will be limiting physical contact during worship. This means there will be no singing and no paper bulletins. Instead, our order of worship will be displayed on a screen during worship. Offering will be collected at the entry into the worship space and we will have a socially distanced passing of the peace.

Additionally, we have installed air purifiers in all HVAC systems within the church and replaced the Narthex’s flooring with a new LVT material that is easier to clean.

What do you need to do?

In order to save your seat at our 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. services, RSVP by calling Dona at the church office or emailing one of the pastors. We ask all to sign the Re-opening Covenant, found below, which directs all to wear a mask and practice social distancing while on church grounds.

We will continue to re-evaluate protocols as the CDC guidelines continue to change. If you are not comfortable coming to the in-person services at 9:00 or 11:00 a.m., join us online at 10:00 a.m. on Epworth’s YouTube channel.

Pastor Karen & Staff



Re-Opening Covenant

Epworth_Reopening covenant


Reopening Guidelines
Church In-person Worship is set to begin June 6
Small groups are now allowed to meet in the building

  1. Please call the Epworth church office (919-489-6557) to reserve a space and time for your small group’s indoor meeting.
  2. Spaces available and capacity
Classroom 1 7
Classroom 2-3 12
Classroom 4 7
Classroom 5 6
Classroom 6 4
Classroom 7 6
Library 3
Parlor 9
Fellowship Hall
(only available Thursdays)


  1. Please use only the room you have been assigned.
  1. Chairs have been spaced to maximize distance between participants. Please do not move the chairs or add to their number.
  1. During meeting, please do not remove your mask (whether or not you are vaccinated).
  1. Please refrain from eating or drinking (whether or not you are vaccinated).
  2. When your meeting is over, please close the door of the classroom behind you. It will remain closed until professionally cleaned.
  1. So that the building may remain open to small groups, please do everything you can to keep each other safe. This might include staying at home if you experience Covid-19 symptoms; opting out of meetings if you are vulnerable or might expose vulnerable people; limiting the amount of time your group meets in person; following CDC guidelines:

CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
CDC Guidelines for Unvaccinated People: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html


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Epworth UMC


Epworth UMC
3002 Hope Valley Road
Durham, 27707 United States
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(919) 489-6557