The PBUMC COVID-19 Task Force met on Tuesday, July 21 to discuss current data and concerns as it pertains to re-opening our campus. At the time of the meeting, cases in our own zip code were up 138% from the time of our last meeting two weeks prior. With this consideration, and following the Escambia County School District's delay, it has been decided that we as a church will continue to suspend all in-person gatherings through August 22, 2020. Sunday worship will continue to be offered online each week at 9:00am. This decision has been made out of loving care for our community and the congregation of PBUMC.
While gatherings are prohibited, we have been able to innovatively continue to be the heart of the community.
- This week, we will joyfully give 250 backpacks to students in need. This will be done in a "drive-though" manner with a very small group of pre-selected volunteers and staff led by our community missionary, Vivian Johns. This year, backpacks will be filled with necessary school supplies, gift cards for other items, and most importantly an "Adventure Bible."
- We've also been blessed to continue feeding children through the "Backpack Ministry" by bagging and delivering food each week under the leadership of Christine Corbett.
- Also a small group of the "Grumpy Old Men" has been disassembling the large playground on campus and reassembling part of it in another location so that our preschoolers will have a place to run and play.
- While the Redemption Store remains closed for this time (and plans re-evaluated weekly), April has still had the opportunity to provide goods for several families who were in deep need of help.
These (and more) opportunities allow us to continue to shine the light of Christ in a time when it is desperately needed. There would be a tremendous hole in our community without these meaningful expressions of worship and outreach. Thank you for your continued support and prayers during this time.
We thankfully continue to move forward with our building project. The team of builders and architects are developing their own COVID guidelines for safe practices while on campus. It is exciting to see gradual changes to the church property as time progresses.
Lastly, the Task Force would like to share its appreciation and commendation to the church staff in their ability to do excellent ministry in new and creative ways during these unprecedented times. The Task Force is grateful for the many ways the staff continues to provide connection to our entire community and the Perdido Bay UMC family.
As a reminder, while the buildings are closed, our lines of communication remain open. Please get in touch if we can be of help to you.