The 11:00 worship service at FUMC is a traditional service of worship held in our sanctuary. The elements of worship that you will experience during this service include hymns, prayers, Scripture reading, giving, and preaching. Our goal in worship is to use these elements to allow us to hear God’s revealing of Himself and for us to respond to what we know to be true about our God. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
Guidelines for Worship Services
So much has happened in our lives, the lives of our families, and our community both local and national during this pandemic. We will continue to do our best to keep each other healthy and well. We will hold one service at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary. While we are excited for this time of praising God together, it is slightly different than the worship that we shared pre-pandemic. In consultation with our Conference leaders and the Methodist medical community we have been presented with clear guidelines to follow to hold a worship service in our sanctuary.
Listed here are the guidelines we will be following:
-Six foot distance between worshiping individuals or families is recommended
-Hand sanitizer available as attendees enter the building
-Face masks are recommended
-We will not be passing offertory plates
-We will have a basket near the doors as we enter and exit to receive offering gifts
-An usher will be taking attendance at the door to ensure we have record of all who attend and a valid phone number to contact them in case we find that someone who has attended service has tested positive for COVID-19
In order to adhere to these guidelines we have had to make certain changes to our standard service order and the physical space we share. To implement these guidelines we will:
-Ask that you please bring a mask of your own; we will have a limited number available if you do not have one
By taking these precautions we believe that we can provide a safe, socially-distant environment for worship. These are not small changes. These changes are not going to work for everyone. We know that now may not be the time for you and your family to return to the sanctuary for worship. However, our diligence in following these guidelines is essential to following John Wesley’s first general rule to give Christians a guide for living a faithful life, “Do no harm.” Please pray first over attending worship under these guidelines and then make the right decision for you and your family. We hope to see you soon. If you have any questions about our new guidelines please call the church office at 936.825.3342.