Bethany Family and Friends,
The Healthy Church Team met yesterday after worship to review our first six Sundays of returning to in-person worship in the sanctuary. We are glad to see a good spirit in our worship, see familiar faces and greet seven worship guests, and consecrate Liam and Scott McClellan as acolytes. We’ve been encouraged by the preaching, the music, the pre-recorded anthems via video, our times of prayer and being together. We’ve been inspired to see pictures about a recent mission trip to McClure VA. We’ve had 100% cooperation with mask wearing, social distancing, and health assessment and we’ve not had turn anyone away or deny anyone entrance. No Sunday School classes have met on-site during these first six weeks. We think all things have gone very well.
After discussion, we decided unanimously that we should continue with one 10:00a.m. worship service through October. We will continue to review each Sunday. We will evaluate again after the October 25th service and decide about services for November, Advent, Christmas Eve and Epiphany at the October 25th review.
We will abide with our Bishop’s mandatory guidelines and our Virginia Conference Technical Assistance Manual (TAM). Also, we will review all suggestions for creative ways to worship, programming our church’s ministries, and staying connected as a church family during this pandemic.
We are able to host committee meetings and community groups on site and have in-person Sunday School. Mask wearing, social distancing, and health assessment are health and safety measures and still in effect for all of us.
We appreciate the Callers on our Congregational Care Phone Tree sharing this news with folks who do not have Internet or email.
Thank you from all of us to all of you for your thoughts, prayers and support as we seek to guide our church through these unusual times. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Mike Derflinger at 540-631-4469 or MikeDerflinger@vaumc.org, or Lay Leader Judy Burner at 804-413-8888 and firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless you!
For a copy of our phased reopening plan, please click here.
Your Healthy Church Team
Jane Sterling, Laura Glaze, Milton Hudgins, Donna Andersen, Sandy Fox, Judy Burner, and Pastor Mike Derflinger