Dear John Wesley Family,
This current challenge we face has impacted the way we all live, work, play, and worship. During this time the people of John Wesley UMC have not stopped being the church. We have served the needs of our communities, neighborhoods, and families here and around the world. We have raised money, given food pantry goods, supported our mission partners, and worshipped with thousands of people on the internet. Our church has continued to faithfully give to the mission and vision of JW, and will not relent in being a strong and vibrant community of faith. We still have work to do whether or not our building is fully open. We must fulfill our mission of connecting people with Jesus by bringing the gospel to them and loving them wherever they are.
As the nation, state, and county begin to reopen parts of the economy, the big question for JW is, what will we do? The state has left a lot of those decisions up to the leaders of individual churches. You might have heard of some churches opening up for in-person services. Some of these churches are smaller and some are larger than the JW community. As a United Methodist Church in the Texas Annual Conference, our Bishop (Scott Jones) has encouraged us not to worship in person for the entire month of May. In consultation with the Pastoral Staff and the Core Leadership Team, we believe this is a wise recommendation and will follow his lead. Our desire is to reopen the church, be back to normal, and worship as a community, but that is not the safest way.
For now, we will worship online throughout the month of May. The Core Leadership Team will meet again in two weeks after Governor Abbott brings forth important information about how reopening is going for the state. We do not wish to put any of our members, caregivers, children, or the community at risk of infection, though we know it is vitally important that workers get back to work and are healthy and safe. The church wants to be a part of the solution rather than a roadblock in reactivating our economy and life. In the coming weeks, you will receive more information about recommended guidelines and procedures for the JW community. Our staff and leaders have been working hard to create a future environment which keeps everyone safe and healthy. The staff will be using the building on a limited basis beginning this week, but will not host meetings during this initial phase of reopening the building. The building as a whole will remain closed to members and guests until further notice. Please continue to be on the lookout for more information about our church campus reopening in June. This is our hope, but it is not guaranteed. We will continue to monitor all recommendations of the CDC, government officials, and the Bishop moving forward. Your leaders are continuing to be wise and cautious in order to love our neighbors well.
We pray you will continue to be the church wherever God has planted you. Thank you for continuing to support the ministry and vision of JWUMC. God continues to impact our neighborhoods, communities, families, and the world through our ministry.
In Christ’s Love,
Your Pastors and Core Leadership Team