Corona Virus and Impact on MUMC


Marshall United Methodist Church’s Phase 4 COVID Re-Opening Plan


Marshall UMC has a phased re-opening plan in place. 

Our lead pastor, Melany Chalker, is on sabbath at this time. The re-opening plan was created with her, before she left, and is being implemented by a team of staff and lay leaders. 


The COVID Task Force includes:

Rachel Labram, Discipleship Director

Ruth Ann Holmes, Office Manager

Arthur Hill, Lay Servant

Mike Ancil, Leadership Committee Chair


We are now implementing “Phase 4” of the plan, which includes onsite worship.


Here are the safeguards MUMC has in place, effective July 5:


  • Physical Changes to the building:
    • Socially distanced seating
      • Sanctuary capacity = 87
      • Great Room Capacity = 130
    • Installation of Touch-Free Hand Sanitizers
    • Barriers (tables) limiting access to parts of the building
      • Reducing space that needs sanitized
    • Family Seating Areas Removed (temporarily) 
      • Outdoor Playground is open, to be used at each family’s discretion
      • Nursery is open for nurturing and fidgety kiddos, but not staffed


  • Cultural Changes for our Community:
    • Each person/family will be asked to check-in/sign-in at the entrance
      • So if any person onsite contracts COVID, we know who may potentially have been exposed
    • Offer a friendly head nod - No handshakes or hugs
    • BYOCoffee - No Coffee Hour or Coffee House
    • No nursery staff (furloughed w/ pay), nor onsite kidz programs
      • Kidz programs will remains online and in-home until further notice
    • Youth group and adult small groups still meeting on ZOOM
      • Recovery groups are meeting onsite, with safety protocols in place
      • Worship Music Teams are meeting on site to rehearse, with safety protocols in place
    • Onsite Offering by drop box or plate/basket in rear of worship spaces
      • No ‘passing the plate’
    • Single-serving communion available
      • Only when clergy is onsite to assist
    • Use outdoor space for conversations, no mingling in Welcome Centers
    • Masks must be worn until seated
      • No singing or voiced responses in worship without a mask
    • Attenders are encouraged to “pre-register” for worship via online form
      • Speeds up check-in/attendance procedure at door
      • Offers them the opportunity to gauge their comfort level before returning onsite
    • Temperature checks at door
      • Those with a temperate above100.3 are asked to worship online or on air for at least 2 more weeks
    • No handing out bulletins or Connection Cards, No hymnals or Bibles
      • Prayer Request slips and offering envelopes available in Narthex and Great Hall.


  • Increased, and re-trained, Hospitality Team:
    • Parking Lot Greeter
      • Ensuring families/couples/individuals enter the building with six ft of distance between each other, to avoid a cluster of people in the Welcome Center
    • Main Door Greeter
      • Checking-in attenders by taking temperatures and recording information. 
      • Also, offering masks to those without one
    • Worship space Greeter
      • Assisting groups in finding appropriately distanced seating. Remaining in back throughout service to answer questions
    • Restroom Monitor
      • Seated in hall between restrooms to ensure that only two people are in restrooms at a time
      • Invite families with children to use family restroom
    • Each position has an associated cleaning duty after worship
    • NO offering ushers, NO coffee house volunteers
      • Contact Erin Geier (, Hospitality Coordinator, to sign up and take the online (video) training.  






For additional information, call the church office at 269-781-5107

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