The Board of Trustees have been working hard to safely return to in-person worship. As of July 1, we will continue to have Worship on the Lawn at 9am and In-Person Virtual Worship at 11am. Virtual Worship at home will continue on our Facebook page, on our YouTube channel, and on our website. The Trustees are constantly reevaluating our capabilities as we move through July. Please remember to let us know your plans EACH Sunday, by emailing or calling the front office, or use the link below.
Beginning to Return to In-Person Worship
We are moving into a new phase of worship. The Board of Trustees and Pastor Jimmy have worked hard to make a worship experience that is meaningful and safe for as many people as possible. What follows is not permanent, but temporary measures in place to help prevent the spread of covid-19 as we move into a new phase. While the Trustees have put plans in place to help lower the risk of covid-19, any gathering at the church comes with risk.
There will be three options for worship in an attempt to reach as many people as possible. All elements of worship, including music, will be identical. All three services will be the same. Whichever option works best for you, we believe that the same Spirit will lead us.
Sunday school classes, childcare, youth, and small groups will not be meeting or meet using virtual means where possible. The hope is to see how worship does and then readjust.
Before reading the options please read the following:
1. Let us know your plan
In order to plan we need to know how you are worshipping. Space is limited with in-person worship so we need a count in order to plan effectively.
By Thursday, June 17, at 2pm, please let the church know how you are planning to worship on Sunday, June 21. We will do this each week so that we can prepare.
Here are the ways you can let the church know:
Fill out this online form.
Email the church (firstname.lastname@example.org) the names of those planning to attend and which worship option will be celebrated.
Call the church (615-776-2815) June 15-17, 9am-2pm, with the names of the people attending and which worship option will be celebrated.
2. Subject to weather
Because live worship will be outside and with limited space inside, we will be subject to cancelation due to rain.
If, as of Friday at 7pm, there is a 50% chance of rain or more on Sunday morning we will cancel all in person worship and remain virtual.
This is because we cannot accommodate everyone inside with social distancing and without a lot of shifting of plans, and therefore would not be able to prepare the space properly.
We will send a phone message, an email, and post on the website if in-person service has to be cancelled.
If you are awaiting results of a covid-19 test, have been around someone who is sick, or are feeling sick, please use the At-Home Virtual Worship option to keep everyone safe.
Option 1: At-Home Virtual Worship at Any Time
We will continue providing Virtual Worship through our website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel.
Join together anytime for worship.
Option 2: Live Worship on the Lawn at 9am
We will have a live worship service on the north lawn. Social distancing of at least six feet is required and masks are preferred. We will provide masks if you need one.
Bring your own chairs and/or umbrellas for the sun as we worship together.
Option 3: In-Person Virtual Worship at 11am
We will have a viewing of the Virtual Worship in the Fellowship Hall.
Chairs will be set up for social distancing at 6ft. Masks will be required We will provide masks if you need one.
We also have the option of adding additional viewings of the Virtual Worship should we reach capacity.
What We are Doing to Make this Possible
Staff and volunteers will be screened upon arrival.
The Fellowship Hall restrooms will be open with Trustees to open doors and clean high touch surfaces.
Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
We will be cleaning chairs and high touch surfaces in the Fellowship Hall before and after service.
During worship in the Fellowship Hall, we will open windows to allow fresh air in.
As we move into a new time, we will need to adapt again. Please be mindful that we are all different by God’s beautiful design and that this means we worship and serve in different ways.
We both look forward to a time when worship will be simpler and give thanks for the precautions we have been given to help us love each other during this difficult time.
Thank you and we look forward to worshiping with you in whatever way best serves you,
NFUMC Trustees and Pastor Jimmy
June 12, 2020