Announcements & E-blasts

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Sunday, july 26, 2020

Verbal Announcement during Livestreamed Worship

While we are not ready for in person worship yet, the church is not closed. Since this pandemic began, our Church Council has held regular meetings to monitor and discuss the current situation. At our July 21 Zoom meeting, we made some decisions around what we are calling “Reopening Well,” which will help provide guidance with the reopening of facilities at HUMC. We shared this during worship on Sunday, July 26, so you, too, can anticipate what to expect.

We have chosen to link our phases to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System (the new color alert system) unveiled by our governor recently. You’ll find this same information on our website, hilliardumc.org, under Stay Connected / Reopening Well.

CLICK HERE for the Reopening Well graphics for each phase.

Please be in touch with your questions questions.

sunday, july 5, 2020

Verbal Announcement during Livestreamed Worship

Your Church Council has been meeting regularly online since the start of the pandemic, and we have begun developing some guidelines around the phases that we will be moving through to slowly and safely resume gathering with one another again.

We are in Phase 1 still — where we gather in worship online, or occasionally in our parking lot for Drive-In Worship, as we did June 14. Our AA groups are allowed to meet outside while maintaining social distancing, and our Wednesday night meals are in carryout fashion. Hilliard Farm Market is running with a mask requirement and adjusted social distancing protocol. All other groups for adults meet online or outside in a park or someone’s back yard. Children’s and Youth Ministries are meeting online.

Our next step will be to move to Phase 2. In Phase 2, we will open up the church buildings to adult small groups who wish to meet in person, including AA and our youth ministry (grades 7 and up). There will be a mask requirement, and all group leaders will be trained to sanitize the rooms properly. Group leaders can reach out to our Administrative Assistant, Tonya Hosie, to set up a time for that training in the next few weeks (tonya@hilliardumc.org). In Phase 2, we will also be hosting small prayer and communion gatherings during the week, where you can come and gather in the sanctuary, receive communion, and have a time of prayer. All worship services would continue to be held online, and children’s ministry activities would remain online. Staff will also have the option to return to working in the office during Phase 2.

When will we move to Phase 2? Your Church Council has decided to move to Phase 2 as soon as Governor DeWine lifts the ban on gatherings of 10 or more. As cases of COVID-19 have been rising, that ban remains in place for now, and we still feel it best to remain cautious in the days ahead. Your Church Council will continue to evaluate this decision and keep you updated on when you can expect that to change.

Eventually, we expect to be able to move to Phase 3 — where we could host in-person gatherings for worship of up to 100 people.  But we are not quite there yet, and your safety is of the utmost importance.

Our Preschool is working on their own plans to be able to reopen in the fall, with reduced class sizes, sanitation practices, and masks to serve our youngest ones safely and effectively.

In the meantime, we will be keeping you more regularly informed about where we are and what you can expect in the days to come. You can sign up to receive a weekly Letter of Encouragement from the church, which will include some words from one of the pastors or staff to encourage us in this Year of Courage, along with links to our website for updates about life and ministry in the church. We remain open and active, just in a new way…

 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Verbal Announcement during Livestreamed Worship

During this pandemic, our leadership team — your Church Council — has been meeting regularly online to discuss the right next steps for our congregation, keeping the safety of our community and the call to love one another at the forefront of our minds.

And so we want to let you know what you can expect in the days to come. At the point when the restriction on gatherings of more than 10 is lifted, we will resume our AA groups, youth groups (grades 7-12), and give the option for small groups to begin meeting again in the building. All leaders of these groups will receive careful training in proper sanitation of the spaces they use. Everyone will be required to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distancing.

We will continue our carryout meals on Wednesday night.

We will continue live-streaming our worship services at 9am and 11am, including an American Sign Language Interpreter at 11am.

However, we do not feel it is time just yet to resume in-person worship. Based on the guidance from our bishop, our gatherings during Phase 2 (no more than 50 people in the building) would have to be limited to around 35 participants each. We would not be allowed to have any singing. We could offer no childcare. And masks would be an absolute requirement.

As we considered our values as a congregation, values of welcoming all God’s children, values of having authentic and meaningful worship that includes music and a chance to connect with one another, we did not feel that worship would be enhanced by coming together with these restrictions.

When we’re allowed to have larger groups of people in the building (per the governor’s orders), and when Church Council and staff feel the time is right, we will add something different (in addition to continuing livestreaming Sunday worship): mid-week prayer gatherings — where you can come to the church — and pray with one of the pastors at social distance, receive communion (pre-packaged), and have some quiet time and reflection in the Sanctuary that many of you are missing. We will share more details about that in the days ahead.

Our Church Council will continue to meet regularly to assess the situation and to determine when it is safe to gather in further ways. We will keep you posted on all of those things, and we appreciate your prayers as we seek to make faithful decisions for the good of the whole.

 


older e-blasts: pdfs

April 30: Communion this Sunday: Bring What You Have

April 22: New Life

April 8: Holy Week and Easter Worship

April 2: Palm Sunday Communion plus Adult Discipleship classes

March 24: Virus Precautions Updates

March 18: Updates: COVID-19 Precautions

March 11: Coronavirus Precautions