These guidelines have been developed by the Healthy Church Plan Team to ensure that Baylake UMC is opened safely as various phases of reopening are executed. The guidelines have been created based on the Virginia Conference Handbook for Local Churches Guidelines, Center for Disease Control (CDC) General Guidelines for Religious Organizations, the Virginia- Forward-Phase-One-Religious Service Guidelines.


This guidance is based on the recommendations of the guidance groups referenced above and is not intended to infringe on First Amendment rights as provided in the US Constitution. All decisions about implementing these strategies (e.g., alteration or reduction of services, event cancellations, other social distancing measures) will be made locally, in collaboration with local health officials who can help determine the level of transmission in the community.

The team members include Clark Cundiff (Pastor), Jan Taylor (Church Council Chair), Robert Howard (Lay Leader), Russell Fink (Trustee), Linda Huff (Kid’s Day Out & Pre-school), Elizabeth Barnett (Director of Children’s Ministry), Abbie Koke (Director of Youth Ministry), Wendy Howard (Communications & Technology Chair). The team will continue to monitor and revise the guidelines as we move through the phases and new information is available.
Stage 2 – Re-Opening Documents:
Stage 2 – Forms & Links to Forms:
– Our District is the Elizabeth River – Church is Baylake UMC