We are responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the ways we believe best protect our communities and the most vulnerable among us. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, we have adopted the CDC mitigation strategies in an effort to do our part to stop the progression of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We are closely monitoring the spread of the virus and will provide regular updates as we learn more. Based on recommendations from the CDC and WHO, the BUMC campus will be closed until further notice.
(Last updated March 31, 2020 @ 11:48 a.m.)
- All weekly programs have been canceled through until further notice
- Sunday night programs will not meet until further notice
- Many groups and classes are meeting virtually. Contact your group leader to find out about online options to stay connected.
Words of Encouragement
We understand feelings of worry and anxiety are prevalent in this period of time. We find comfort by informing ourselves of the latest information from public health officials and by seeking rest in the words of God.
- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 3:16)
- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
- He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:17-18)
- I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
- Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
- Staff and clergy remain available to you via email and phone while our campus is closed
- If you are a church member and urgently need to reach a pastor, contact the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086
- If you are in crisis due to COVID-19, text HOME to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor. This is a free service available 24/7. This service is provided by Crisis Text Line and is not produced by BUMC.
- Williamson Medical Center and other local medical centers are asking for donations of hand-sewn masks in order to implement universal masking to strategically conserve as much personal protective equipment as possible as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The courtesy masks are not PPE and will not be used for any type of isolation. They are being worn only in non-COVID designated areas. You can donate hand-sewn masks at one of the WMC's designated drop off locations. You can also drop off masks at the church on Wednesdays between 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
- Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. We know that any external factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact survivors and create circumstances where their safety is further compromised. If any of the above sounds like they may be happening to you or someone you love, you are not alone (from the National Domestic Violence Hotline). The YWCA 24-hour Crisis + Support Helpline is available 24/7 at 1.800.334.4628 or by texting 615.983.5170.
Frequently Asked Questions
What plans has BUMC made to deal with Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
We have suspended campus programs and in-person worship until further notice.
When will worship services return to the normal schedule?
Presently, we are suspending in-person services until further notice. Will you worship with us online?
Will the offices continue regular hours?
The church offices are closed until further notice. In the event of an emergency outside of office hours, contact the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086.
Will Bible studies and other campus activities be affected?
We are suspending all programs on our campus until further notice. We are doing this to help avoid health exposures and concerns in accordance with the guidelines put out by the Center for Disease Control. Many groups are choosing to stay connected virtually. Contact your group or class leader to find out more.
How are decisions being made about services and other activities?
We have a staff team monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Tennessee Department of Health, and local medical professionals to ensure all of our decisions are made under the most current public health guidelines.
How will any changes or updates be communicated?
We use email and our website for most communication. We will also use social media to continue sharing information and updates after it's been shared via email and website. If you are not subscribed to our Urgent Church Communications list or our Pastoral eNote, you can subscribe below.
What can I do to help with the current situation?
You can be a light in a time of crisis. Our Congregational Care Team is developing surveys to gauge the need of our community during this period of time. Follow the links below to notify us of how we can help you or to offer to provide help to someone in need.
How would I know if I might have COVID-19?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) include fever (100.4 or higher), shortness of breath, coughing, runny nose, and general malaise. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
What You Can Do
These healthy living suggestions have come from the guidelines put out by the Center for Disease Control.
- Follow the Safer At Home advisory from the State of Tennessee
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 61% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people
- This is especially important for people who are at a higher risk of getting very sick
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Wear a facemask if you are sick or if you are caring for someone who is sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Regard safety and travel advisories issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)