timeline of decisions regarding covid-19 protocols at hfumc

Click the highlighted title link that follows to view a document that outlines Hillsdale First United Methodist Church's STAGES FOR REOPENING

MARCH 6, 2022 - Following CDC guidelines for areas with LOW or MODERATE levels of transmissibility, we are revising our mask protocol. MASKS are NOT REQUIRED in the church building.  Masks will be available for those who prefer to use them. We continue to encourage loving support and respect for one another and for individual decisions about health and safety. All other COVID protocols will remain in place at this time. 

AUGUST 29, 2021 - With increased cases of the highly infectious Delta variant in our area, the Board decided to modify our Stage 3 protocols out of an abundance of caution. Effective immediately, MASKS are once again REQUIRED in the church building at all times until further notice.

JULY 4, 2021 - Masks are highly recommended in the church, especially when singing or if you are not vaccinated, but mask use is not required.

FEBRUARY 28, 2021 - We resumed IN-PERSON WORSHIP at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary. Masks and distancing are required. ONLINE SERVICES will continue to be simultaneously livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube and can be heard by phone at 517-247-2477. 

November 15, 2020 - Due to increases in local COVID cases, WE RESUMED ONLINE ONLY WORSHIP. 


July 31, 2020 - HFUMC Ad Board responds to Governor Whitmer's order limiting indoor gatherings to 10 persons by deciding that August 2 will be a one-time reunion Sunday with online only worship resuming on August 9.

June 1, 2020 - HFUMC Ad Board sets TENTATIVE date of August 2 for our first worship service back together.

June 1, 2020 - Governor Whitmer Lifts "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order.

May 22, 2020 - Governor Whitmer Extends "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order though June 12.

May 7, 2020 - Bishop Bard's Office issues a 12-page guideline: "Principles and Directions for the Reopening of UMC Facilities in Michigan". This document guides churches through an evaluation of the risks facing their congregations due to local demographics, and also outlines the protocols needed to create a safe environment while progressing through well-defined phases to ensure responsible reopening.

May 7, 2020 - Governor Whitmer Extends "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order though May 28. 

April 24,2020 - Governor Whitmer Extends "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order though May 15.

April 10,2020 - Governor Whitmer Extends "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order though April 30.

March 23, 2020 -Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during COVID-19 crisis

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  

March 15, 2020 - The CDC has recommended that groups over 50 persons not meet for eight weeks. This recommendation was then altered to discourage groups over 10 persons from meeting together. 

March 13, 2020 - Bishop David Bard, the bishop of the Michigan United Methodist Church, requested that all church worship services, Bible studies, meetings, and in-person gatherings be suspended until the end of April 5 in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are complying with this request.