COVID-19 Guidelines

As Hope Ridge UMC returns to in-person church gatherings, we recognize that we are first and foremost children of God, and that as we claim that identity our priority is to love and care for one another.

We understand our deep longing for fellowship and to see one another in person; however, we also have a deep desire to keep you and our community safe.

In this plan, you will find our request for you as an individual, as well as instructions for us as a whole congregation and community.

Below you will see our current guidelines, but as the situation changes, we will continue to make adjustments. Thank you for your prayers and your patience. 

~ Rev. Beth Wilterdink

For more information about attending our worship services, watch this video.

Individual Guidelines

Hope Ridge UMC is asking you to follow these guidelines as a way to help everyone remain healthy, to care for the most vulnerable, and out of love for each other: (*required)

  • *Please conduct a self-assessment of your health each morning (anyone with a 100.4 deg. or higher temperature, or other flu-like symptoms should not attend services).

  • *Out of great care for others, everyone (age 2 and older) is required to wear a facemask or face coverings to protect others. [We will provide disposable or reusable fabric masks at the door.]

  • *Ensure a minimum of the six-foot distance between families and/or individuals.  

  • *We will promote handwashing and provide proper hygiene education/reminders.

  • At church gatherings, families should enter, sit, stand, and exit as a group.  No one should wander from their family group.  

  • Out of love for each other right now, we will keep physical distance and avoid all  physical contact (handshakes, hugs, etc.)

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building.

  • The nursery will not be available, for the time being. 

Worship Guidelines

  • All interior doors that can be propped open, will be, to reduce touchpoints. 

  • Ushers will be responsible for helping to and from the pews/rows to help facilitate social distancing for seating. 

  • Ensure a minimum of the six-foot distance between families and/or individuals.

  • The number of individuals will be limited to 50% of the maximum capacity as determined by fire code.  [current  max for Chapel-30,  WFLC-100, Youth Room- 18]

  • We will not have a "meet and greet" during the service. 

  • Live streaming of the service will continue, to allow those in the high-risk groups or others in the community to continue to worship from home.  We will also continue to have online studies.

  • The congregation will be invited to hum along with songs, rather than singing due to droplets being spread. 

  • The offering will come at the end of the service, with baskets at the doors as people leave. 

  • Communion- Individual pre-packaged cups and wafers, out on a table for people to take their own on the way into worship. 

  • On days it is possible, the doors and windows will be opened for airflow. 

Group Guidelines for Sanitizing after Using the Building

  • Checklist of Sanitizing for Groups Using Hope Ridge UMC building: 

  • We ask each group to please read aloud our general guidelines for the group, at least the first two times you meet back in the building. 

  • We request that you keep the use of restrooms to those in the office hallway. 

  • Use disinfectant wipes or spray to sanitize the door handles of any bathroom stalls used. 

  • Sanitize door handles in the room used and the door to the parking lot. 

  • Brown folding chairs will be used in the youth room and back of the chapel. After use, they will be wiped down to sanitize.

  • Folding chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart for use, and limited to the max number of people per room.

  • No food or drinks are to be served.  

  • Please take trash to the dumpster at the end of your meeting.  In the pavilion, the trash needs to be removed as well. 

  • The pavilion and volleyball court area is able to be used, but individuals are encouraged to bring their own camp chair or beach chair for use, and social distancing guidelines still apply. And reserved with the office. 

  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer, and sanitizing supplies for your group.


Welcome to Hope Ridge United Methodist Church. 

Our church family is made up of people with diverse spiritual backgrounds, seeking to journey together, to love God more deeply, and grow in how we love others. We know that you have a story to tell, and we want to get to know it.


Church Office: 440-352-2141

9870 Johnnycake Ridge Rd. 

Mentor, OH 44060

Preschool Office: 440-639-8817

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