For those who are ready to worship with us in-person, I would like for you to follow the guidelines listed in the link to our complete plan above. A short list of important guidelines to note before attending are also listed below. We strongly encourage you to pre-register for our outdoor worship service prior to each Su
nday. This is in support of MA state guidelines for assisting in contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 case detection; pre-registration also helps us plan for capacity and expedites seating once you arrive for the service. I want to be careful and deliberate in every step we take for the sake of the health and safety of eve
ry beloved child of God in our congregation and community. You may pre-register using the button below or at our website, www.umcw.org.
The in-person outdoor worship service is designed to finish within 35 minutes. There will be no Babies' Nest childcare or in-person Sunday School available during the service. We ask for your flexibility and understanding knowing that we will have some changes to the normal practice of our worship service.
As you all know, the first Sunday of the month is Communion Sunday. In using the utmost caution, I would like to postpone our Communion Sunday by one week so that it does not fall on the first Sunday we are worshiping together in-person. This will give us more time to prepare. We will instead celebrate communion on Sunday, August 9.
This has been a most challenging time to be the Church, and certainly one of the most difficult seasons of my ordained ministry. I am thankful for the opportunities we have to share worship materials on our website and for the many ways we seek to stay connected to one another, but I miss the many opportunities that we once enjoyed being together for worship and other gatherings. I especially miss gathering to comfort and support families who have lost loved ones.
My heartfelt thanks, especially to the Re-entry Team who have all worked hard to prepare for our outdoor worship service and will continue to prepare, eventually, for indoor worship service. I am very thankful for your flexibility and demonstrated grace in this time of unprecedented disruption. May we keep each other in our prayers as we begin this careful, deliberate process of re-opening our service in person.
Sincerely yours in Christ,