Update: In-Person Worship and Music Guidance


Photo: Trinity on the Hill UMC in Augusta is placing signage around its building in preparation for re-launching in-person worship. 

Churches across North Georgia are at work preparing and discerning how and when to resume in-person worship. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet encourage church leaders to decide on a re-opening timeline based on their unique local context, congregation size and readiness, and the status of their preparation work. 

Smaller congregations with larger facilities will likely open before larger churches. Churches in communities that have few COVID-19 cases may open sooner than churches in communities that have not yet seen a decline in cases. Some churches will choose to focus on virtual worship and discipleship for the foreseeable future while using in-person efforts for mission and service. 

Bishop Sue and the Cabinet applaud the ingenuity and creativity they've seen and heard from church leaders as they develop their plans. Congregations have shared ideas for worship on the lawn, backyard church, and plans to continue now beloved drive-in worship even after in-person worship resumes! 

To help with the preparation and discernment efforts, a volunteer committee of North Georgia United Methodists met to study and develop guidance on how to best include music in worship plans. They offer the following guidance:
These resources are included with many more on the "Re-Launch Resource Hub" at https://www.ngumc.org/relaunch-resource-hub