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Fall Checklist for Your Church

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Can you believe that fall is almost here? This means colder temperatures are approaching and your church building could use a bit of tender loving care. Take care of your common quarterly maintenance while the weather is still nice outside. 


Raking, trimming hedges, and cutting back tree limbs will give your church a clean and visually pleasing face to your community and members. Check your sidewalks, walkways, and any other hard surfaces for cracks and potential trip hazards. Check your parking lot for general maintenance needs as well. Fill potholes, clear dangerous debris like glass or nails. Finally, make sure all your handrails are secure and structurally sound. 

Roofing and Gutters

Snow and ice can cause major issues for your roof and gutters. Clear both of any debris and check for maintenance before and after leaves begin falling this fall. Also, take note of any areas that need repair. Check windows for drafts, cracks, and separations. These areas allow cool or warm air from your HVAC system to escape from the building. You can examine the weather stripping around your windows while you wash them and look for cracks. 

Equipment Check 

You should plan to perform necessary maintenance on your seasonal equipment. Conduct any necessary repairs and properly store your spring and summer equipment. After completion of the repairs, grab your fall and winter equipment like doormats, shovels, leaf blowers, and snow blowers. Make these items readily available for use during colder months. Take a walk around the property at dusk and ensure all lights are functioning properly. If streetlights are out be sure to contact your local government agency to have them fixed or replaced.

COVID-19 Sanitation

Your church should have an active sanitation plan for your church. Be proactive about the safety of your members and develop a sanitation plan for your ministry. Be consistent and diligent in your cleaning efforts throughout this global health crisis. When you are covered by UMIP, we will be there when you need us. Churches have unique needs. As a part of the denomination, we understand the unique needs of United Methodist churches and their operations, which is reflected in our coverage options. Your ministry deserves outstanding insurance and UMIP works for you each day to help protect your church’s people, property, and finances.

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