Church Reopening

In-Person Worship starting
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 9:45am

NOTE: These guidelines are an ongoing learning process. Last minute changes may be made on site as needed. Thank you!

We are all looking forward to worshiping in person, but your health and safety is our greatest concern while COVID-19 continues to be a major health threat. We are following strict guidelines from the New York Annual Conference in re-opening our church, ensuring all public spaces are properly sanitized. You can read all the details in the letters below. Here are some Important Notes:

  • Everyone must wear a mask. If anyone does not comply, Pastor Jenn will immediately offer a benediction and send everyone home.
  • 6-foot social distancing must be maintained at all times
  • In-person worship will be cancelled if temperature is 75 degrees or hotter by 8:30am.
  • The Bishop continues to strongly advise anyone over age 65 to worship from home.
  • Enter the sanctuary from Grove Street. Exit through the back doors of the sanctuary onto Main Street.
  • If there are worshipers with mobility issues, arrangements will need to be made ahead of time for entry through the funeral door.
  • The pews will be clearly marked for social distancing. Only families or couples may sit together.
  • There can be no congregational singing. Soloists may be part of the worship leadership, with extra distancing.
  • There will be no bibles, hymnals, bulletins, or seat cushions, unless you bring your own.
  • Communion as we know and love it is not permitted.
  • No coffee hour or congregating in the church. This includes no circle time or passing of the peace.
  • Only the sanctuary and the single bathroom downstairs in the Social Hall via the lift will be accessible.
  • If an area is blocked off, please do not enter that area.
  • Offerings will be taken at the end of service via a drop box.

We will continue to provide virtual worship via ZOOM and Facebook Live for everyone that chooses to worship from home.

CANCELLED: With so much uncertainty and potential risk still prevalent with Covid-19, the NPUMC Administrative Council has decided to cancel all community activities for the remainder of this year. This includes our Soup and Salad ministry, our election day Black Diamond Dinner, our Thanksgiving and Christmas community dinners, and our December Alternative Giving Fair.

Read these letters to the congregation for full details on our Sunday morning In-Person Worship and the work of our Church Reopening Team:

August 29, 2020 – Reopening Letter #3

July 23, 2020 – Reopening Letter #2

July 10, 2020 – Reopening Letter #1

Reopening Guidelines from the New York Annual Conference