Wow! I love you and miss you and I am so looking forward to getting back together with you in Worship! Let’s remember, WORSHIP is our very reason for being. We exist to honor God and to express the “WORTH-SHIP” of God by declaring that God, and God alone, is WORTHY of our Presence, Praise, Prayer and the Presentation of our gifts in WORSHIP!
So, WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE WORSHIP LIFE OF OUR CHURCHES?
The Leadership of Forest City UMC and Crystal Lake UMC have observed the UMC “CHURCH RE-ENTRY PLAN,” which sets out a 3-phase proposal.
Level 3: Churches are closed, activities are canceled.
Level 2: Churches may open for Worship following physical distancing guidelines.
Level 1: COVID-19 VIRUS IS CONTAINED AND PEOPLE ARE SAFE
Our Bishop, Laurie Haller, the Cabinet and our Crisis Response Team have declared that United Methodist Churches can move to LEVEL 2 in June.
WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
CHURCHES may open for Worship following “physical distancing guidelines.”
WHAT ARE THESE GUIDELINES?
It is strongly encouraged that:
We manage the number of people in groups.
We sanitize all exposed surfaces between services, meetings, and groups.
We wear a face mask.
We have NO physical skin-to-skin contact.
We remain 6-10 feet apart.
We have NO singing or liturgical responses.
We remove hymnals and Bibles in pews.
We offer NO nursery facility.
We do not invite children forward. Children are welcome but are to remain with their
Holy Communion to be held at end of service using sealed “cups”.
Do NOT produce bulletins for handing out.
Do NOT offer fellowship/coffee hour.
OFFERING is NOT to be collected. Use a basket at back upon exiting. We encourage electronic/automatic giving.
V.B.S. not recommended until Green Light Status, STAGE 3.
“LIFE RUTUALS” - funerals, weddings, graduation, confirmation follow physical distancing guidelines and limit number of guests.
Clearly observance of these guidelines will involve care, planning, understanding and cooperation.
ABOVE ALL, HOWEVER…
We encourage you to make your own decision about attending corporate worship. If you are a HIGH RISK INDIVIDUAL we encourage you to continue to “shelter in place” and we will fully understand and care for you if this decision is right for you.
We will continue to offer recordings every Sunday morning of our corporate worship on:
RADIO - KIOW 103.7 FM
YOUTUBE: “Pastor Les Green” www.youtube.com/channel/UCj6deQyZRS0JEZUQd44rcvg
So, with all the above in mind these are our plans:
CRYSTAL LAKE UMC
In-person worship begins on SUNDAY, JUNE 14 at 8:30 AM. All the above recommendations will apply.
FOREST CITY UMC
In-person worship begins on SUNDAY, JUNE 21 at 10 AM. All the above recommendations will apply.
I know much of what is requested seems onerous and even unnecessary to some, but this is not just about me, it’s about loving my neighbor as well! Everything we do will be governed by God’s Word, so will be summarized and expressed in John Wesley’s “SIMPLE RULES:”
DO NO HARM
STAY IN LOVE WITH GOD.
In this way, may we all be “Blessed to Be a Blessing.”