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Dear Winters Chapel UMC Family,

Yesterday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced what he called “limited, sensible steps forward to reopening Georgia for business”. Kemp said his new order will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools and massage therapists to resume operations by Friday as long as they comply with social distancing requirements. During his news conference, Kemp said in-person church services will be allowed to resume with strict social-distancing rules in place. “I urge faith leaders to continue to help us in this effort and keep their congregations safe by heeding the advice of public health officials. Of course, online, call-in or drive-in services remain good options for religious institutions,” Kemp said. Finally, the Governor is allowing the statewide shelter-in-place order to expire on April 30 at 11:59 p.m. but his medical emergency order for the elderly and medically fragile to stay inside will remain in place until May 13th.

In response to the Governor’s announcement, the North Georgia Conference issued this response yesterday:

“As we do our best to do no harm, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet continue to urge churches not to gather through May 13, 2020. On Monday, April 27, the bishop and cabinet will offer more guidelines on how to evaluate and plan for re-opening our church facilities when the time comes that we can safely do so. For now, know that you are appreciated and have been prayed for by your bishop and cabinet.

We will continue to provide NGUMC updates and our own church updates. We thank you for your help, patience and prayers as we work together for the welfare and benefit of all concerned.

North Georgia UMC Conference and Winters Chapel UMC





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