COVID-19 Updates

As of September 2020

Healthy Church Team

To create a plan and timeline for reopening the church building, a Healthy Church Team has been formed. While reopening is possibly months away, we want to be prepared to recognize when the time is right and that safeguards are in place. We hope you'll continue worshiping online with Mount Olivet and joining us throughout the week for online groups and studies.

We are currently in Stage Two of reopening

The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church is currently in Stage Two of it's Return to Worship plan as stated by Bishop Sharma Lewis. You can learn more about the VAUMC Return to Worship plan here. (Please note that this is different than Phase Two of the Commonwealth of Virginia's reopening plan.)

Mount Olivet is currently:

  • Holding indoor weddings, funerals, memorial services, and baptisms at limited capacity
  • Hosting indoor groups of 25 or less
  • Holding outdoor gatherings at limited capacity

All events must be approved by church staff and follow the Stage Two protocol. If you are interested in hosting an event or small group at Mount Olivet, please contact Tina Marcus.

Contact: Tina Marcus | Office Administrator |

Building Closed

The Mount Olivet Church Building is closed and sanitized. Please do not enter the building unless authorized or attending an approved event.

Contact: Tina Marcus | Office Administrator |

What about Community Assistance?

Due to the growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the new restrictions on public gatherings, it is with heavy hearts that we are cancelling Mount Olivet's Community Assistance ministry until further notice. 

We have decided to partner with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to support their efforts in our community. They have been able to put procedures in place to screen their volunteers, effectively clean their facilities and enforce proper social distancing measures to keep their guests and volunteers safe. 

We are in communication with our Community Assistance guests and have been sending them Giant gift cards every month since June.


Thank you for all of your love and support for our ministry. We will keep you posted on the status of our operations. 

What about staff at Mount Olivet?

  • Staff are teleworking from home
  • Hourly workers will be paid during this time

How can we care for the congregation?

  • We have a list of volunteer callers who have been calling our Senior Adults who are not well connected to internet or social media and have been more isolated during this challenging time. This is our way of keeping them connected to Mount Olivet with news of the church. If you are interested in making a few calls to our Senior Adults (2-4 calls per week), please contact Tina at Tina will email the list of Senior Adults and conversation topics each week.

  • Please continue to support Mount Olivet's ministry and mission financially. If you have not already done so, you can arrange through the church to have your tithe automatically paid on a schedule you choose. You can explore options by visiting

Stay Updated

We are sending emails Wednesday and Sunday morning. These emails include a devotional, community updates, and prayers.


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