COVID-19 Campus Status & Protocol
Updated Aug, 11, 2021
Unfortunately, the COVID situation in Austin has worsened over the last month. Here is our current policy:
- We continue to encourage individuals and small group leaders to make personal decisions on use of masks and social distancing when participating in events on campus.
- We continue to offer alternatives that appeal to various levels of comfort, including keeping the outer sections of the Worship Center reserved for those who prefer more social distancing, continuing our Live stream worship on Sunday morning at 8:45 and 11:15, and offering in person, Zoom, and hybrid options for classes and meetings.
- We strongly recommend that all people who participate in person at Bethany wear masks per the CDC and local heath agencies' guidelines, though we are not requiring masks at this time.
- Please respect your brothers and sisters' wishes for social distancing - ask before making personal contact!
Please select the level of participation that makes you feel most comfortable. Should we see a significant number of COVID cases in people who participate here at Bethany, we may elect to impose requirements for a period of time. Also, should we be made aware of a Bethany worshipper who tests positive for COVID, we will continue to notify those who signed in for that same worship service. We encourage all small group leaders to do the same for their meetings.
Please join us in prayer for an end to this pandemic! We ask also for grace for one another as we all navigate this journey differently.
Please Continue to...
- Follow the recommendations of the medical community – wash your hands often with soap and water for as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song two times, cover your face when coughing or sneezing, disinfect belongings when you must leave your home e.g. diaper bags, blankets, etc.
- Pray. It’s not a cliché. It’s a clarion call to do what we do as people of faith. For thousands of years, the local church has been the bedrock of support for communities grappling with fear about public disease. That starts with prayer: for the cessation of the spread of the virus; individuals and caregivers directly impacted by the illness: and all of us as we remember that God is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46).
- Act. We embrace service and preparation alongside our prayer. As always, BUMC will seek out ways to help those in need, from making our own worship environments safe to funding medical solutions to caring for those in need. It’s who we are as the people of BUMC.