On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind the mask mandate enacted last August. The mandate ends on Saturday, February 26. In response, the DUMC COVID-19 response team (Pathfinders) suggest the following:
Effective Sunday, February 27, masks will be optional for those attending indoor ministry activities, including worship, at DUMC, preschool and children's indoor activities:
We will continue encouraging young children attending Sunday School and worship, ages 2 through the preschool class, to wear appropriate masks when indoors. As this age group cannot yet be vaccinated, we will require adults working with this age group continue to wear an appropriate mask while indoors.
The Davidson United Methodist Church Preschool, under the direction of Diane Jordan, is subject to additional health restrictions and protocols (i.e., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the NC Tool Kit). As a result, it is possible adults and children participating in this program may have a different policy than the church. Please follow the guidance and instructions of our Preschool leaders and staff.
Other indoor activities:
DUMC will continue to be a mask-friendly campus affirming that an individual may to choose to wear a mask when participating in indoor activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently encourages individuals in communities with substantial rates of COVID-19 transmission wear a mask. Wearing a mask may also protect against the spread of other airborne viruses including the common cold and flu.
We will continue to follow existing guidelines regarding serving food on campus, which include:
- Individually boxed meals or prepackaged food and beverage are allowed on campus;
- No self-serve buffets are allowed. Buffets are permitted if food is being served by designated servers.
Our pastoral staff will evaluate and may recommend changes in the ways communion is served during worship.
The Director of Music will work with all choirs regarding mask-wearing practices during worship.
DUMC COVID-19 response team (Pathfinders) :
The Reverend David Hockett Dr. Nancy Tarte Ms. Karen Payne
The Reverend Brad Hinton Dr. Michael Thomason Mr. Keith Reavis
The Reverend Jim Humphries Mr. Scott Howell Ms. Maia Setzer
The Reverend Dianne Lawhorn Ms. Menita Mercuri Ms. Charlotte Thomas
The Reverend Kevin Turner
These recommendations will remain effective as long as they comply with existing jurisdictional mandates, requirements, or instructions and, therefore, are subject to change.
All groups can resume meeting with no size limitation (based on chairs available and/or pre-Covid room occupation limits).
Room reservation requests can also be requested through this link: https://www.davidsonumc.org/resources/room-vehicle-request-form/
Staff on Campus
The DUMC staff are beginning their return to campus and are excited about increased opportunities for in-person ministry. An office reopening plan and schedule are forthcoming.
DUMC - A mask friendly campus
Those that are two weeks, fully vaccinated, can choose to wear a mask, or not, while in worship. Those that are not fully vaccinated, including those ages 5-11 are asked to continue wearing a mask inside the building.
Food on Campus
No shared food or beverages are currently allowed on campus. Individually boxed meals or prepackaged food and beverages are allowed on campus. No self-serve buffets are allowed. Buffets are permitted if food is being served by designated servers.
Updates to Worship - Starting Sunday, June 6, 2021
Registration for worship will no longer be required. Ushers will only seat those requesting physically distanced seating. Sections 4-5 will be utilized for physically distanced seating as needed. Those not asking to be distanced will self-seat in Sections 1-3 and the balcony. Ushers will return to greeting and distributing bulletins at the Sanctuary doors. The Chancel Choir will be seated in the Choir Loft. Communion (celebrated on the first and third Sundays). We will continue to use the individually packaged Communion elements, for now. We will host four stations with a separate Gluten Free station at the Baptismal Font. We will continue with our plan to offer childcare beginning Sunday, June 20. All doors will be open for entry.
Ushers will only seat and space those that want or need to be physically distanced. All that are okay to seat themselves can do so in Sections 1-3 and the balcony. Ushers will distribute worship bulletins. Ushers will not collect bulletins following worship. Please recycle. Ushers will collect offering from the cabinets – no passing of the offering plates, for now. Ushers will count pew sections. Ushers will still help the flow of Communion for those seated in the balcony.
DUMC On-Campus Covenant
Those coming to campus will no longer be required to complete a DUMC OnCampus Covenant. An updated copy of the covenant will be posted around campus.
September 17: Library Resources Update
September 9: Small Group Meetings Update
September 1: Update on Small Group Meetings
August 31 - Watch an update from our Senior Pastor, Rev. Shane Page
June 30: An Update on Small Group Meetings
June 11: An Update on Reopening the Church