Reopening Well

On July 1, We movE to phase 3

Worship will be offered in person and online at 9 and 11am in the Sanctuary building

For now our in-person worship services will take place in the Sanctuary. This is so we can continue to livestream our worship services, which has become and will continue to be an important part of our ministry going forward (we only have the technology set up for this in the Sanctuary). In the coming months, we will work together to expand our tech teams and discern what worship in Warehouse 839 will look like in this next season.

Masks will still be required

Gathering for worship is a much different activity than heading to the store or even dining at a restaurant. Our leadership continues to use the Updated CDC Guidelines for Large Gatherings to make responsible decisions for our context. These guidelines ask us to take stock of a few things:

  • Will children be present?
  • Will unvaccinated people be present?
  • Will folks be interacting with one another as they enter and exit?
  • Will there be hugging?
  • Will there be singing?
  • Will folks be seated near one another for an extended period?

When the answer to all of these things is YES, the guidelines continue to suggest that the safest route is to have everyone in masks.

We will continue to require masks for all indoor gatherings, as well as all outdoor gatherings where social distancing can’t be maintained (this includes the Farm Market). (One exception: fully vaccinated persons in groups of 2-3.) We know that the statewide mask mandate expired on June 2nd. The CDC guidelines, however, continue to stress the importance of practicing these social distancing and masking protocols in large gatherings in order to protect our immuno-suppressed friends, children who can’t be vaccinated, and the most vulnerable in our community.

Connect Cards and Giving will happen mostly online

We will not have a paper worship folder or Connect Card that folks will receive when they arrive. For those attending in person, we will encourage you to use your phone to make your offerings and to complete the Connect Card. An offering plate will also be available for you to drop off any cash or gifts that you brought in person.

Communion or Remembrance of Baptism will happen weekly

Depending on the Sunday, we will continue to celebrate the sacraments weekly. Our communion elements will be offered in “snack-pack-Jesus”-style with individual pre-wrapped containers to pick up on your way in. On Sundays where we have an in-person Baptism, we will have an opportunity for Remembrance of Baptism instead of Communion. These will be posted on our website in advance. Right now, we plan to have Communion on July 4th and Remembrance of Baptism on July 11th.

Godly Play for children (AGE 4 THROUGH 6TH GRADE)

10am on Zoom
11am in person, starting july 4th, outside on the lawn

Our Godly Play curriculum is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation that engages what is most exciting about religious education — God inviting us into, and pursuing us in the midst of, scripture and our sacred stories. This is a powerful storytelling experience with Ms. Nikki and Ms. Lindsay. We encourage your child(ren) to bring a blanket to sit on (in case the grass is dewy or scratchy) and their own Godly Play response materials, and we ask all children to please wear a mask. For families that may be new to Godly Play, you can reach out to Ms. Lindsay (lrobinson@hilliardumc.org) or Ms. Nikki (nikki@hilliardumc.org) for the Zoom link and to get a box of response materials. We’ll move inside in case of rain. More details HERE.

Nursery Care will be available at 11am, starting july 4th, with a reservation

In order to provide adequate staffing and social distancing within the nursery area, our team will need to be as prepared as possible for the number of children expected. For the summer, we are asking families to simply let us know that they are planning to attend worship and utilize the nursery so that we can ensure everyone’s safety. Please fill out this online form to reserve space for your child(ren) (https://forms.gle/h7eAM2isiuP5YfWS6). Contact Lindsay Robinson with questions (lrobinson@hilliardumc.org).

Church Office is Open

Our office is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am-1pm!


The rest of the graphics here represent our HOPES for the other phases of our Reopening Well plan, but we’re staying flexible as conditions change, under the guidance of our bishop, health professionals, and the Holy Spirit.