How is SUMC responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
Here is the latest version of our approved re-entry plan, dated July 24, 2020.

Simpson UMC Re-entry Plan: July 24, 2020

July 31, 2020 Update

 Our plan for re-entry phases 3 and 4 has been approved by our District Superintendent.  We will continue to update you on any changes.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call 509-332-5212. 

July 26, 2020 Update

The committee formed to reimagine life at Simpson UMC and formulate a plan for reentry into the building has been hard at work.  As of June 16, 2020, we are in Greater NW Phase 2.  The building remains closed to all but staff and essential ministry activities.  A chart of the phases as designed by the Greater Northwest Area is available below and more information can be found on their website at  Our plan for phases 3 and 4 is currently awaiting approval from our District Superintendent and will be made available here as soon as possible.  More information to come.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call 509-332-5212.

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Committee for Safe Re-entry

  • Ann Williams
  • Jean Logan
  • Carrie Coen
  • Karen Garrett
  • Tim Lewis
  • Jeannine Rembert
  • Pastor Lesli McGowan

Letter from the Committee: June 22, 2020

To our beloved members of Simpson United Methodist Church,

 We hope you are all safe and doing well during these challenging times.  The re-entry committee has been very busy crafting a re-entry plan for Simpson.  The next page lists the 4 phases that have been determined by our Bishop.  While you will notice some similarities, the phase process set forth by the Bishop is independent of the Governor’s process, and will move at a pace appropriate for the safety of the conference and, specifically, Simpson UMC.

As of June 16, 2020, our bishop has allowed congregations that have a satisfactory plan on file to move to phase 2.  Each District Superintendent is responsible for approving plans by each individual church within their jurisdiction, and our draft plan for Phase 2 was approved by our Superintendent, Rev. Gregg Sealey.  You will notice that there is not a lot of difference between phase 1 and phase 2.  For the most part, our staff will continue to work from their homes. Maximum group size has increased from 5 to 10.  Some committees would be allowed to meet in person but we advise that committees should still choose to meet virtually to keep contact to a minimum.  Note that the Safety Actions in Phase 2 require that meetings in the church building require face coverings, hand hygiene, and physical distancing.

Your re-entry committee still has a lot of work to do before we can finalize our plan and have phase 3 and 4 approved by the district superintendent.  We are reimagining every piece of our church’s ministry to evaluate what we need to do to reopen our church while taking as many precautions as we can to keep people safe.  That being said, just because we have a plan to go to phase 3 or 4 does not mean we will go into those phases immediately.  We have to be convinced we have done everything to live John Wesley’s three simple rules:  Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in Love with God.

When we are able to participate in corporate worship together, it will look very different.  Your re-entry team is evaluating each and every detail of our services looking through the lens of “Do No Harm”.  Please remember this when we are together in worship.  Some of these changes may be temporary, some may be permanent. 

We ask your patience as we continue our work.  We also ask for you to lift us up in prayer; that we will gain clarity as we work through the details, and act with love and care in deciding when Simpson is ready to move into phases 3 and 4.

Lastly, we have attached a survey to this note.  Your needs are the most important part of our decision making process, and will be taken into account as we understand the greater needs of the whole of the Simpson community. As such, we encourage your feedback through this survey.  If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of the re-entry team listed below.

You are missed and loved, and we cannot wait to be able to worship safely together. 

God Bless,

Pastor Lesli McGowan

Carrie Coen

Karen Garrett

Tim Lewis

Jean Logan

Jeanine Rembert

Ann Williams


Masks required

Anyone entering the church building is required to wear a mask and follow physical distancing guidelines.

Sign in and Disinfection Requirements

We are asking everyone that enters the building to attest that they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and to provide contact information if contact tracing by the Health Department is necessary. All touched surfaces need to be disinfected with provided resources.

Worship Online and Virtual Gathering

We are continuing to provide online worship experiences.  We are also working to offer more virtual gatherings, from ice cream socials to prayer gatherings, to ensure the spiritual, emotional, and mental well being of our community.