How is SUMC responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

April 2022

Update from SUMC Re-entry Committee

Over the last 22 months, the SUMC Committee on Reentry has monitored the progress of the COVID-19 virus in our community and provided recommendations to the congregation. The SUMC Committee relied heavily on input from the Greater Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The SUMC Church Board agreed with the recommendations of the SUMC Reentry Committee.
Specifically, given that virus transmission is extremely low in our community and vaccines are available to all who want them, we are transitioning  to normal operations at Simpson UMC.
The SUMC building has reopened for Sunday worship, Wesley student ministry, music ministry, Scouts, AA, Family Promise and other users.
Previous restrictions on group size, chair spacing, food and drink handling are no longer in place.
What will worship look like? Worship will resume normally. We will no longer deliberately space our sanctuary seating to promote ‘social distancing’, nor require anyone to wear a mask. 
SUMC  will fully respect and honor anyone’s decision to continue wearing a mask.  We ask that everyone give grace and understanding to their brothers and sisters in Christ as we each determine our comfort level in this new setting.  
Will we be able to sing?  Yes! Congregational singing is encouraged, no masks required.  
What if I’m not feeling well?  We ask that everyone self-screen and make the best decision for themselves. 
What if I’m not yet ready to return to worship in the sanctuary?  We will continue to offer a livestream option which is also viewable anytime after worship.  Haven’t subscribed to our channel yet?  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE and you will be notified when we go live and when we post new videos.
Questions?  You can email or or call 509-332-5212 and we will get you answer.

Committee for Safe Re-entry

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