Coronavirus Updates + Re-Gathering Plan

First Methodist McKinney is currently meeting online. We are in Phase 2 of our Re-Gathering Plan to move toward resuming in-person activities and worship. In Phase 2, some of our small groups have begun meeting outside at our Hub youth building pavilion; email reservations@sharingtheheart.org.
 
Please check back for updates and join us for online worship and groups! You may review our Phased Re-Gathering Plan below.
A message from Pastor Tommy:
 
Dear Church Family,
 
Thank you for staying faithfully connected during these challenging times. We are the Church no matter where we are!
 
We are starting the process of coming back together in person. This is a plan with several phases, and we will be moving through them cautiously and deliberately as we continue to receive guidance from healthcare professionals, governmental agencies, and our Bishop. I wanted to share this plan with you, to let you know what your church staff and leadership is thinking and how you can participate.
We are are looking forward to coming back together, but we must remember that the safety of our community is extremely important. If you need any assistance, please reach out to the church office.
 
In the meantime, please keep worshiping with us online. Join one of our online small groups.  Explore our devotionals.  And look below to find ways you can help our community at this time.
 
For the most up-to-date information, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
 
Friends, these are challenging times, but I know we will stay connected to each other in faith and love.
 
God Bless,
Dr. Tommy Brumett, Senior Pastor

Phased Re-Gathering Plan

A Guide for Returning to Church Faithfully and Safely
A Phased Approach to Reopening 
 
OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
We have adopted a four-phase approach for re-gathering! Phases are not based on dates, but rather on prevailing health conditions and current governmental guidelines. We will work to serve our community and our church family in the safest way possible. We are now beginning Phase 2: Small Groups
 
PHASES
Phase 1: Online
Phase 2: Small Groups
Phase 3: Blended Ministry 
Phase 4: Future
PHASE 1: ONLINE
  • All ministry is online. No in-person events or gatherings are held.
  • Limited staff in accordance with government guidelines.
  • Social distancing, mask wearing, cleaning protocols in place.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Join us online for great worship services and new devotionals.
  • Connect with our ministry areas on social media.
  • Celebrate Holy Communion at home with us.
  • Check the newsletter for ways to help and get help.
PHASE 2: SMALL GROUPS       (you are here!)
  • All ministry is primarily online (worship is online only).
  • The church will coordinate and host small group events. All groups will meet outdoors on the pavilion at the Hub. 
  • Groups can register/reserve a time and location by emailing reservations@sharingtheheart.org
  • Protocols, directions, and safety guidelines will be shared via email with groups and posted on location
  • Staff will be available if needed
  • Social distancing will be followed, masks are required, hand washing/sanitizing, reminder signs are posted.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
  • Continue to engage in online worship and devotionals.
  • Take this opportunity to find a new class or Bible study. Check out our new and existing groups at www.sharingtheheart.org/onlinegroups to find the right fit for you.
  • Use this as a safe way to meet with a Sunday School class or group that you’re already part of.
PHASE 3: BLENDED 
  • Ministry will be a combination of online and in-person. Worship will remain primarily online, with small in-person worship services added in the Sanctuary and in Wellspring.
  • In-person worship will have limited seating capacity to allow for distancing, limited staff, masks required, sanitizer stations, and reorganized traffic flow. Other changes to how we worship may be made as needed.
  • Reminder that many of us are “safer at home.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
  • Continue to stay connected online.
  • Meet with your small group or Sunday School class.
  • Come to an in-person service if you are healthy and feel safe doing so.
PHASE 4: FUTURE
This is to be determined depending on what occurs in the fall, government guidelines, and how MISD resumes.
  • Ministry will be a combination of online and in-person. Worship services continue in Sanctuary and Wellspring, with capacity to be determined.
  • Small groups may return to buildings.
  • Staff and volunteers determined by government guidance.
  • Limited physical contact, masks encouraged, sanitizer stations.
  • Venues open for programming (Hub and Auditorium).  
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
  • Continue to stay connected in different ways as we move forward
  • Social media
  • Website
  • Newsletter
  • Small groups
  • Devotionals