Update to Church Response to COVID-19 Pandemic - February 23, 2021

Our church community's health and welfare is of great importance to us during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to offer worship at 10:00 a.m. online through Zoom and will return to in-person worship on February 28. Our church staff is working in the building, as needed.

Masks are required in the building at all times.

The office phone is answered at 630.968.7120 during our regular office hours from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building doors remain locked at all times during the week. 

Church staff and pastors can be reached by using email or phone with any questions or needs you may have. If you need to visit the church office, please call first to make an appointment to ensure that a staff member will be available. 

Worship Services

Based on our region's recent return to Phase 4, we will return to the sanctuary this Sunday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. for worship with a limited number of people.

We will continue to hold online Zoom worship at the same time each week. If you are unable to join us, our worship services will continue to be available for viewing on Facebook and our website after the service.

As a faith community who promotes caring ministries and relationships, we are bound to uphold the responsibility to "first do no harm." Our plan to return to the Sanctuary developed by our Return Team and Health Team committees is based on the continued reduced rate of new cases, positivity, deaths, and hospitalizations; and a significant increase in the rate of vaccinations in Illinois. Currently, the NIC Bishop and the CDC suggest we continue to avoid large groups, especially indoors, so we are limiting the number of individuals who may attend in-person worship at this time.

Although new about vaccines is positive, the next two to three months will continue to be difficult as new variants of the coronavirus cause additional complications in the health crisis facing our nation. Experts tell us that the biggest coronavirus risk continues to be personal contact, especially indoors. We encourage all to remain cautious and pray for all those impacted by COVID-19.

What to Expect When You Attend Worship

  • There will be a limited capacity of 30 people in the sanctuary, including pastors, staff, and volunteers who will help with the service.
  • Face masks must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times.
  • We will maintain social distancing at all times (minimum of six feet).
  • Assigned Sanctuary seating will ensure adequate social distancing space.
  • Ushers will take you to your assigned seats.
  • No childcare will be offered. Children may attend the service with you, but must stay close to you in your pew.
  • There will be no singing of hymns, recitation of liturgy, prayers, passing the peace, passing of offering plates, or greeting handshakes.
  • There will be no choir, wind instruments, or group music.
  • Bibles, hymnals, and paper items are removed from the pew holders.
  • Worship music will continue to be offered on YouTube before, during, and after the service.
  • Attendees must exit the building immediately following the service.
  • Only one person at a time is allowed in the restrooms.

How to Register to Attend Worship

  • Seating for in-person worship will require online registration. The deadline to sign up for in-person worship each week is Friday at 3:00 p.m.
  • To register for any Sunday from February 28 through March 28, to sign up click here. Call the office if you have problems with online registration.
  • A required health waiver is part of the sign-up process. Please read it over before you select the button.
  • Canceling your in-person worship sign-up can also be done through the sign-up link. Please cancel as soon as you know that you cannot attend to enable someone on the waitlist to attend.
  • We strongly encourage all with compromised immune systems or other health challenges to avoid in-person worship.

Meetings and Activities

No in-person meetings, activities, or gatherings are allowed in the church building at this time without prior approval. All DGFUMC in-person indoor activities and events, remain canceled until further notice.

A few outside groups that have requested meeting space and are approved by the ReTurn Team will once again meet at this time. They are required to monitor their own groups and agree to follow the established health instructions and guidelines established by our Health Team.

Our preschool is holding classes and the staff closely follows the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Updates to in-person worship and other gatherings will depend on improvements of cases of COVID-19 in the local area as well as on applicable state and local guidance. As such, restrictions and guidelines may change. We will continue to provide updates by email, on our website, and by mail.

We have a Return Team and a Health Team in place to make decisions. They work with the pastors to plan for safe in-person worship and in-person activities at the church. They have reviewed the ReTurn guidelines from the Northern Illinois Conference as well as those from the Illinois Department of Public Health. We continue to monitor the situation in following the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dupage County Health Department, and State of Illinois guidelines and will keep you updated on this website and by email if and when our situation changes.

We are counting on your continued giving to maintain essential building services, ministries, and staff compensation that help us to maintain our DGFUMC community. You may mail your contributions to the church or click here for online giving.

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