This page will serve as a source of information for the plan of action by St Paul UMC Abilene in response to the recent novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak in our communities.
Keeping Our Distance
Updated March 2, 2021
Church Reopening Update
We will be opening for in person service, Sunday, March 7, 2021.
Doors open at 10:45, please wear your masks and sit 6 feet apart from anyone not in your family unit. Though Gov. Abbott has declared the state wide mask mandate over, St. Paul is choosing to keep following mask and social distancing protocols. We have masks available at the church if you need one on Sunday.
We still do not have heat to most of the building, including the Sanctuary, please be advised that it will be chilly in there and dress accordingly. There will not be any Sunday School or Nursery hours.
We are glad to have you back and wish to stay open, so, please follow the social distancing rules!
Join us from home!
We are fortunate to have a committed, trained media team capable of sharing our worship services with those not present in the Sanctuary. You can always find us:
Our 11:00 am service is broadcast live every Sunday on KTXS. Look for “St. Paul Abilene” in your channel guide. Occasionally we are preempted from KTXS due to contractual obligations with ABC and appear on CW network on those days in the Sweetwater-Abilene and San Angelo market areas.
Joining the online community is a great way to stay connected. Visit watch.stpaulabilene.org at 11 am on Sundays to see the live stream and chat with other online viewers.
via Facebook Live
No matter the Television broadcast situation, we regularly stream the service on our Facebook Page: St Paul Abilene. In the event you miss a service, you can also see previous services in our video archive.
via our myStPaul app
In addition to Television and Facebook, we also have our worship service live stream available in our myStPaul app for mobile devices and streaming boxes such as Roku and AppleTV. Previous Sermons are also in our media archive in the app.
Updated August 25, 2020 1:21 PM
We will be opening our doors once again! Here are a few things you will need to know:
1. We will only have the 11 AM service; we will still be streaming as usual!
2. The doors WILL NOT open before 10:45 AM, please stay in your cars until then and do not congregate outside the doors.
3. YOU MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES WHEN INSIDE THE BUILDING!
4. Maintain social distancing of six feet from anyone outside of your family unit.
5. If you have a fever or are generally feeling unwell, please STAY HOME!
IF YOU CAN ANSWER “YES” TO ANY OF THE ITEMS BELOW, PLEASE STAY HOME AND WORSHIP WITH US ON THE TV BROADCAST OR FB LIVE STREAM
* Been in close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID 19
*Feeling feverish or temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 F
*Cough, other than seasonal allergy related.
*Shortness of breath or difficult breathing
* Muscle pain
*Headache, other than seasonal allergy related
*Loss of taste or smell
Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk, especially those with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, chronic heart & liver disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system.
PLEASE KNOW THAT WE LOVE YOU AND WE WANT YOU TO DO WHAT’S BEST & SAFE FOR YOU…
IF YOU NEED TO STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE…
After the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the US, our staff made plans for different cleaning procedures. Beginning March 1, additional cleaning protocols have been in place for doors, tables, counters, bathrooms, etc. While handwashing with soap and warm water is preferred, we have additional hand-sanitizing stations around the building, including common entrance areas.
See this YouTube video for a quick guide on proper handwashing.
If you have a need, please contact us! We want to help!
If you are feeling unwell or are in an at-risk demographic group, please consider staying away from crowds and large gatherings.
We are asking everyone who attends events at St Paul to greet with elbow- or foot-bumps to avoid hand-to-hand contact.