Our continued response to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Updated Friday, May 29
As recommendations continue to change, know that the leadership of Jerome Church continues to monitor the direction of the CDC, our government agencies, and our Conference to make the best possible decisions to protect the health and safety of our congregation and volunteers. Following the most recent recommendations from the CDC, the state of Ohio, and the West Ohio Conference of the UMC, Jerome Church will be holding worship services ONLINE ONLY through June 14. The leadership of Jerome Church is currently working on a phased plan for reopening the church. All on-site/in-person events continue to be canceled until further notice. Please note that any/all dates may be extended or adjusted based on the forthcoming recommendations from our state and conference.
 

As we learn more about the phased recommendations for returning to church from our state and conference, the leadership of Jerome Church is working on our own plan for a return to in-person worship, activities, and work in the church building. Our top priority is the safety of our congregation, volunteers, and staff, and this plan will include new procedures to keep us safe when we do gather again. As we begin to “phase” back into the world, Jerome Church will continue to provide an online worship option on Sunday mornings.

We know that this decision to extend the closure of in-person worship and activities at Jerome Church impacts us all, and the staff and Leadership Board continue to work in new and creative ways to provide excellent ministry, mission, and spiritual growth opportunities for you and your family. We will continue to update you on these new ways to connect and participate as they become available.

 
Online Worship Opportunities
During this time of online worship and the uncertainty of meeting together in person, we will continue to provide engaging and meaningful worship into your homes each week. You can currently connect with us in worship on Sundays at 10:30 am via Facebook YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, and on our website.
 
Family Ministry
Our Family Ministry team has been engaging online with your family, children and students to connect. Each Sunday, there are zoom gatherings available for our kids and students. For more information about family ministry opportunities, contact us at kids@jeromechurch.org.
 
Office and building
Until further notice, the Jerome Church building will be closed to the public and groups of any size, unless they have permission from the church office. This is for the safety of our staff and volunteers, and so that we can maintain the safety of the building. All staff and ministry teams are advised to continue to work remotely, as possible, and should be wearing a mask or face covering when in the church building with others. If you need access to the building during this closure, please contact Michelle Blackburn (michelle.blackburn@jeromechurch.org). Please communicate directly with your ministry leader or staff supervisor if you have any questions about this policy.
 
Online Giving
Jerome Church and its ministries, missions, and staff depend on the extraordinary generosity of our givers. We are providing the following ways for you to continue to support Jerome Church financially, even as you are not present during this time of crisis.
 
Give online through Tithely
  • Text “GIVE” to 614-541-3301
      • Visit jeromechurch.org, and click on the Tithely link at the bottom of the homepage to give electronically; alternately, click the Tithely link at the bottom of this email
  • Electronic payments (ACH)
      • ACH payments can be set up to “draw” from your checking or savings account on the 1st and/or 15th of each month (following business day). To set up ACH giving, email to melissa.white@jeromechurch.org.
  • By check
      • Mail your check to Jerome Church:
          • 10531 Jerome Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
            Use the bill payment feature of your financial institution to schedule a check