Greetings Hopewell UMC Members and Friends,
In times of trouble, may we remember to lean into the Lord and trust that God will guide us. After much consideration and discernment, myself and the HUMC leadership teams have decided to err on the side of safety and caution concerning the Coronavirus pandemic.
We have moved all in-person gatherings and meetings to a virtual format. We are phasing in our reopening process, and we will update this website and Facebook as we determine what our reopening looks like. During our first phase, only essential staff and volunteers are permitted in the building while wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please contact Pastor Laura or Secretary Liz McCormack on scheduling building access. (updated 6/11/20)
While we are temporarily out of our building, we are still serving and worshiping the Lord. We are socially distant from each other but close at heart.
We will bring you an online service on Sunday mornings at 10AM via this website and Facebook channels. We will also be emailing and posting the weekly bulletin so folks can follow along.
You can also see the stream at 10 am Sunday morning on our Facebook page. Take the time now to go there and “Like” our Page.
Starting in July, we added an outdoor worship service on the third Sunday of each month. We gather on the church lawn and practice social distancing. 10 a.m. Sunday on the third Sunday, weather permitting. More info on social distancing can be found here, scroll down to Safe Worshiping header.
For our Adult Sunday School, we are using Zoom meeting to continue our studies at 9 AM, Sundays. Information on joining the Zoom session will be distributed via email. Please email Pastor@hopewellmethodist.org to get a Zoom link. The current series is the Realities of Race and Racism.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting is using Zoom meeting to gather and pray for any prayer requests. 7 PM, Wednesdays. Information on joining the Zoom session will be distributed via email and Facebook.
We have added a Virtual Coffee Time to gather on Zoom after worship, at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Other small groups such as Book Talk, Journey, etc. we will be offering opportunities to meet online. Please check with your small group leader to see what they have planned.
Above all, during this time we want to continue to be a voice of calm and a place of hope. We came to this decision as erring on the side of caution as we have so many vulnerable members of our congregation; the last thing we want is to put anyone in danger. Please pray for those persons in our community and around the world who are suffering and pray that by the grace of God, we can continue to stay safe and healthy.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the staff here at the church.
In the Peace of Christ,