Health & Welfare Update

Harmony Grove has successfully reduced some of our COVID-19 in-church safety precaution measures during the past 3 months as planned, and increased our in-church activities. We thank you for adherence to the safety precautions which remain in place at this time. We have been able to offer both the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services in-church, as well as the 11:00 online service via Facebook and YouTube. Many Sunday School classes have resumed meeting in person, the nursery is now available, and the Joy Club, Scouts, and a handful of other small groups are holding regular meetings for fellowship.
The HGUMC Health and Welfare Team continues to watch the Gwinnett County COVID-19 data which shows the number of cases and transmission rates, and vaccination rates in the county. We are also keeping up to date with CDC recommendations, and guidelines from Northeast Georgia UM Conference. While Gwinnett County did see some increase in COVID-19 during mid-Aug. through the first 2 weeks in Sept., these numbers were still within acceptable levels for meeting in person, with the current safety measures Harmony Grove UMC continues to have in place. COVID-19 cases in Gwinnett County are now decreasing again and vaccination rates continue to increase with 49.5% of the county’s population being fully vaccinated.
While we are all eager to get back to full church-wide activities, we need to assure it is done in a safe and comfortable way. Small groups that have been meeting may continue to meet as planned, however, we will delay having any church-wide in-building activities, or dinners at this time.
Below are the safety measures we will continue to use at Harmony Grove for in-church services.

  1.  Please continue to enter for Sunday School and Worship Service through the front main entrance into the Narthex so that the greeters and ushers may welcome you, note your attendance, and direct you safely for seating in the sanctuary for worship.
  2. If you are not feeling well, or have temperature of 100 degrees or more, please stay home and watch the service online.
  3. Please continue mandatory social distancing and the proper wearing of masks (covering the nose and mouth fully, going under the chin) is highly recommended and encouraged throughout the time we are at the church, especially for those persons not fully vaccinated or who may be at higher risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19.

We remind you all that streaming services will continue to be available on Facebook and YouTube. Harmony Grove UMC cares about the health and well-being of all of our members and attendees, therefore, if you are a person with a higher risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19 and have not yet received the vaccine, we recommend that you avoid attending in person and join us online (see CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html).
Thank you and be well,Your Harmony Grove Health and Welfare Committee