Connect & Grow
Sundays Morning Worship Services:
8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, on Facebook Live.
Videos of past services can also be found on the church website and Youtube channel.
Wednesday Night Bible Study:
7:00pm, on Facebook Live.
Thursday Night Facebook Live, 6:30 pm
Throughout the Week: Look for church-wide emails and social media updates.
How to Connect:
Each week our ministries will be posting new content for you and your family:
Weekly videos and Bible lessons on Facebook and the Children's Ministry website each Sunday
Weekly emails and updates
Opportunities to connect with Lora, Emily and Elizabeth through Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype
New interactive content, projects, and media posted on Facebook, Instagram and Youth website
Opportunities to connect through Facebook Live, Zoom groups, and emails
Daily group devotions through the Youversion Bible app
Weekly Live worship services
New daily media posted on Facebook, Instagram and website: including scriptures, prayers, and music.
Opportunities to connect through Facebook Live, Zoom groups, emails, and phone calls.
How to Grow:
Here are suggestions to help you over the next few weeks in your spiritual growth.
We will continue to update this section with new recommendations.
Read a morning or night devotional, make notes.
Utmost for His Highest, Take15, Daily Bread, Jesus Calling
Start a Bible study plan with the YouVersion app.
YouVersion has hundreds of free plans, and you can complete them with a friend, online, or alone.
Take a (solitary) walk and take note of God's handiwork.
Write letters to someone God has put on your heart or someone who you know is having a hard time.
Check out new music on our Youtube channel, or catch up on our giant archive of ministry videos.
Start a healthy, new spiritual practice.
Read books or devotionals with family and friends using Facetime/Skype.
Set up a new weekly routine calling others or having small group meetings, online.
Message from Pastor Craig:
Situations are changing by the minute in our country. And the demands on each of us grow as the COVID 19 pandemic grows. In light of the concerns about how easily the virus spreads, and how vulnerable our whole country is, we have decided to only have services online.
We will not have services on Sundays or Thursdays in the church.
It grieves us to not gather together, and we will resume our gathering in person as soon as it seems prudent. We are praying for the health of each one of you. Pray for us too, please.
I hope to “see” you on Facebook Live. If you have not gone there before, you don’t need an account, just search for First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, and it will come up.
Please join the Watch Party, you can actually converse with people on there!
Blessings to all,
Below is the document that has guided our decision, please feel free to distribute it as needed to others.
Pinellas County Emergency Management:
From Pinellas County Emergency Management
March 13, 2020
Hello Community and Faith-Based Leaders,
With the coronavirus at the forefront of our attention, we at Pinellas County Emergency Management want to make sure you have the information that you need.
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency today. This enables the County Administrator to work with our partners and municipalities and provide assistance where needed.
The Citizen Information Center was opened as well, to answer citizens questions. The number is (727) 464-4333. The CIC will be open on Friday from 3-8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Monday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
When the CIC is not open, the Florida Department of Health of Pinellas County has a 24-hour COVID-19 Hotline that callers will be referred to, so that there is always someone to answer questions. That number is (866) 779-6121.
We will continue to keep in touch with you to provide updates and support your activities.
Guidance from the CDC
You may be wondering what you should do to adjust your plans and to keep your membership safe in the face of COVID-19. The CDC has prepared a website of resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders. You can find interim guidance, a checklist and guidance on cleaning and disinfecting.
Informing your membership
We know that your community is looking to you for information and guidance. As leaders, it is important that we all communicate with a consistent message of prevention, responsibility and caring for each other.
To post information
The Florida Department of Health of Pinellas has a website with information and links to resources you may find helpful:
Documents that you can download (PDFs)
These flyers can be downloaded, printed, and placed in public areas, as part of your educational efforts:
Here is the basic messaging that you can use to inform your membership. You can include it in your newsletters, emails, website and to answer basic questions that you may receive. This is official information from the Florida Department of Health. Due to the nature of the event, it would be good to check the website for updates or provide the links to your membership.
What everyone should know:
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC does not recommend that asymptomatic, healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
A person that experiences a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and any other destination under CDC travel advisory should call ahead to their health care provider and local CHD and mention their recent travel or close contact.
If a person has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from this area or been in contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, they should call ahead to a health care professional and the CHD. The health care provider will work with the Department to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19.
For more information:
CDC website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County
24/7 COVID-19 Call Center: (866) 779-6121
Over the coming weeks we may need to provide additional supportive services for people that have been impacted in different ways. We are working to identify contingency plans for how to support the community. We may be reaching out to identify resources and coordinate assistance.
We are here to help
Please let us know if we can help you or if you have questions. You can email us at or call (727) 464-3800.
Pinellas County Emergency Management