COVID-19 AND RE-OPENING news


AN UPDATE FROM OUR DO NO HARM TEAM

AUGUST 2021

 

As the Delta variant of COVID continues to spread, even amongst vaccinated persons, our commitment to care for those most vulnerable grows stronger still. Seeking to live out our call as Christians to love God and neighbor by doing no harm, we have updated our safety procedures. (You can read all the details of our current plan here.)

 

Masks are now required in our buildings, at all times, for persons older than two years of age. We continue to strongly encourage mask wearing when meeting outdoors in groups as well. This change reflects the Raleigh mask mandate and the most recent guidance from the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.  

 

Pre-registration is encouraged for worship services for the sake of contact tracing in case of exposure. If you are unable to pre-register, you will complete your registration when you arrive at the welcome table on Sunday morning which opens at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

 

Nursery/childcare will be provided by trained staff beginning September 12.

 

In the beloved hymn, Here I Am, Lord (The United Methodist Hymnal 593), we sing: “Here, I am Lord, Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.” Though challenging, this pandemic has not changed the call on our lives to love and care for all God’s people—to hold them in our hearts. We continue to learn new ways to do just that as we gather, grow, give, and go through Benson Memorial UMC—in person and online—in these days of continued crisis. Thank you for your faithfulness to this call!

 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Kelly Lyn and the Do No Harm Team

 

OUR CURRENT PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP AT BOTH 8:45 AND 11:00 AM SERVICES:

  • Pre-registration is encouraged for worship services for the sake of contact tracing in case of exposure. If you are unable to pre-register, you will complete your registration when you arrive at the welcome table.
  • Attendance cap at 80 for each service (including all worship servants/leaders) 
  • Check-in table opens at 8:15am and 10:30am
  • Following the Raleigh mask mandate, all persons older than 2 years of age are required to wear masks indoors.
    • We continue to strongly encourage the wearing of masks and maintaining safe distance when gathering outdoors out of love for one another
  • Nursery/child care provided by trained staff to return beginning September 12
  • New Protocols in place for Ushers and Greeters 
  • Ushers will seat each household and also dismiss each row 
  • Simplified worship order-displayed on screen (full Bulletin-Beacon available online)
  • No paper bulletins or touch points
  • Special music by vocalists and instrumentalists may be offered
  • Congregational singing with masks
  • No passing of offering plates (offering plates stationed on stands in aisles)
  • Restrooms available in FH (enter from front/exit side or back). Handicap/family restroom only in narthex.

Our North Carolina Annual Conference Ministries of Disaster Response is serving at mass vaccination clinics. In fact, our North Carolina United Methodists have assisted more than 7000 persons in Cumberland County receive their vaccines. More volunteers are needed throughout the state. If you’d like to serve please contact Al Miller at al.miller@nccumc.org.

Sources for Covid-19 Vaccinations

Below is a summary of organizations used by Benson Memorial members to get Covid-19 vaccinations. If you need help registering online, please call Dee Springsteen, (989) 287-3430. If you know of  other vaccine providers, please call or email them to dee.springsteen@gmail.com so we can update the list.

 

UPDATE FROM WRAL NEWS

https://www.wral.com/where-can-I-get-the-covid-19-vaccine-in-my-county/19466004/

 

WAKE COUNTY

 

Duke Health (various locations)

https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/join-waiting-list

 

Neighborhood Health

The Summit Church – Blue Ridge Campus

3249 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27612

https://neighborhealthcenter.org/vaccine-signup/

 

Wake County Public Health (various locations)

https://covid19.wakegov.com/vaccine/

Phone: (919) 250-1515

 

Wake Med (various locations)

https://mychart.wakemed.org/MyChart-PRD/Authentication/Login

 

Walgreens (various locations)

walgreens.com/schedulevaccine

 

CVS

https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?icid=cvs-home-hero1-link1-coronavirus-testing

 

UNC Health (various locations)

https://www.unchealthcare.org/coronavirus/vaccines/phase-1b-covid-19-vaccine/?_ga=2.222318363.1087487408.1613482681-204403835.1613482681

Phone: (984) 215-5485 (Mon./Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

 

OUTSIDE WAKE COUNTY

 

Realo Discount Drugs

6030 U.S. Hwy 301 S, Four Oaks, NC 27524

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS879US879&sxsrf=ALeKk01MQTZJ7vdiixMaIXdMsq73NCSZVg:1613322936435&q=realo+discount+drugs+four+oaks+phone&ludocid=16436116190089870318&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjnl5Wk8OnuAhUBmuAKHTySBCoQ6BMwCXoECAgQAg

Phone: (919) 980-4031

 

TIPS FOR RECEIVING THE VACCINE:

  • Try calling the vaccine providers later in the afternoon or at dinner time.
    Many folks have had good luck making appointments then.
  • Stay well hydrated before and after getting the shot to avoid side effects.