PGFUMC Coronavirus Response Plan

Update on March 19, 2020: All church gatherings, including worship, at our church physical facility are suspended at least until April 19.

In an effort to be proactive and help with social distancing, FUMC Prairie Grove is listening to the recommendation of the Bishop of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, the CDC, and other health and safety officials. Beginning Sunday, March 15, all in person activities at PGFUMC will be transitioned to online experiences. We plan to resume services and activities in our building on Sunday, March 29. However, this may be subject to change as news develops. Please follow us on Facebook and our website for the latest developments.

This decision was not made lightly, but we understand that we have a duty to our congregation and our community to limit the potential spread of infections. Our church’s mission is to feed people, and as more families find themselves in need in the coming weeks, we plan to help meet that need. In order to do so, our members and regular attendees need to be as healthy as possible. 

We also need our congregation to remember our tithes and offerings. Not only do we need to maintain our budget but we will potentially need more gifts to help support our community. With the loss of wages and potential school closures our mission to feed people will increase. We do not have funds to help people with rent or utilities, but we can provide food to relieve that expenditure. Online giving is the simplest way to continue to support our mission. As always you are welcome to mail checks as well.

You can give online on our website here: https://pgmethodist.com/giveonline/

You can give online through your Breeze account here: https://pgmethodist.breezechms.com/give/internal

Mail Checks to:
FUMC Prairie Grove
1401 East Parks Street
Prairie Grove, AR 72753

As mentioned above, our church will be adopting online services and meetings during this time. We will be using Facebook Live to broadcast sermons on Sunday mornings. We will utilize Zoom to conduct small group meetings and classes. The instructions for how to access these tools are below. 

In order to receive email updates from the church leadership team, please make sure your contact information is up to date by filling out the form on our website, if you haven’t already. We also have a Facebook Group that is meant for internal communication for our members and regular attendees that we suggest you join.

Digital Connection Instructions

Sermons

Pastor Lee will use Facebook Live to give sermons on Sunday mornings starting at 10:00 am. He will post the video on the church’s official Facebook page. You can find the page by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/PGMethodist/. Be sure to “Like” the page and you may even consider turning on notifications to get alerted to when the videos post.

Sunday School Classes

Adult Sunday School classes will meet via Zoom at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings. You will receive instructions via email before classes start with the connection link from your teachers. All you will need to do is click the link in the email at the time of the class and join the meeting. You do not need to create a Zoom account unless you are a teacher. If you would like to download the Zoom client before Sunday, you can go to the following links:

Youth and Children

Brea will be recording videos and providing supplemental materials for parents to show and use throughout the next 2 weeks. Videos and material will be posted on the social media sites listed above and on our website. Again, make sure you have updated your information in our church directory so that you can get the most up to date information in your inbox.

If you have any questions, concerns, or a need to be met you can contact us on our website or Facebook page. Please pray for the health of our church, community, and our world. Please use your faith and reason as a beacon of hope for those around you. You are all wonderful leaders in our church and community, so as people look for help, let them know you are there for them.

Faithfully,

Lee Myane, Pastor
Brea Gragg, Youth & Children’s Pastor
Doug Stumbaugh, Church Council Chair
Nathan Gastineau, Lay Leader