Bishop Sharma D. Lewis announced the cessation of in-person worship in Virginia due to COVID-19 in March of 2020 after significant prayer and thoughtful consultation with experts in the religious, legal, and scientific communities. Her closure of our churches was done with the singular goal of saving lives and keeping individuals and their communities healthy, as we did our part as United Methodists to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In late April, Bishop Lewis formed a workgroup that consulted professionals and resources from a variety of disciplines to develop plans and procedures for resuming in-person worship and gatherings in churches with the same goal of keeping individuals and their communities healthy and safe.
Prior to attending any services at First United Methodist Church (Hopewell), you are requested to complete a Health Questionnaire Form as part of the Virginia plan and procedure for returning to in-person worship and gatherings with the safety of all in mind. A separate questionnaire should be completed by each member of your family.
If you have any questions about this document, please contact the church office at 804-458-8076.